Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and postcards! I love them and they will go nicely in my collection!
I am IN LOVE with this SKIING SANTA!! this is THE cutest Christmas table decoration I HAVE EVER SEEN! Thank you SO much!! I really am beaming!! Smiling from ear to ear!!
xx Merry Christmas!!! xx Gabi
Comment: Christmas greetings Jean
Thank you for the card and quotes😊
Loved the card. I use my cards to make tags after the holidays. I’ll answer your questions in an outgoing card in the next or so😊
Comment: Thank you for the very lovely Linen Holland PC. And, the extra one! I am safe from the fire but it was an experience. Thanks for your wonderful long note. Enjoy your lovely East Coast Fall Season! = )
Comment: The Elizabeth Blackburn PC is a fun one! Love it! The Paradise Fire was terrible, I just went through The Kincaid Fire and the Fire Fighters did an outstanding job defending lives and structures. It was a crazy mass evacuation. All is well now though.
Comment: Thank you for such a nice envelope. I'm truly enjoying the abundance of tuck-ins that you sent winging my way. I especially liked the vintage paper. Yes . . . retirement is wonderful. I amazed myself on how easy it was for me to adjust. Staying up late and sleeping in has been great!
Comment: Thank you for the ugly PC =) I love to see the various ugly things that are made into PC's. It makes me wonder what the creator of the PC is thinking when they publish them. We do life in the gold rush area and your PC seemed very fitting. I love that our leaves are all color and are just now thinking about falling. Happy Swapping =)
Comment: Thanks for the vintage pc of the Dante statue in Verona. I appreciate your sending it in an envie & in such a lovely notecard. I haven't seen a winter snowstorm in many years, but I always loved the sight of snow on tree branches. Still feels like summer here.
Comment: Hi Jean. I just love the linen motel card. And the Degas, and the Myanmar...well you get the idea. Thank you!
we took a quick plunge into winter this weekend. From a high of 65 on Thursday (a beautiful Fall day) to a high of 39 yesterday. And SNOW.
It's not usually quite this abrupt, but c'est la vie, n'est-ce pas?
Comment: Wow! This is a fantastic swap! Thank you SO MUCH for all of the goodies you tucked inside of this envelope!! I LOVE the Scottish Bits, the books, the cards, stamps and every single piece! Thank you so much for making this swap tailor-fit, just for me!!
Have a Fantastic week!
Response: Fun to assemble and appreciate your comment and heart.
Comment: I really enjoyed your package and everything in it!! I couldnt read your card at first but it became a fun puzzle to re-read for me and I was able to read it in the end (cursive is hard for me to read oops). Thank you SO MUCH for everything you gave me! I can see myself using everything youve sent me!
Response: Sorry I did not print. Thanks for heart and positive feedback.
Comment: of course I had to open mine
abd you made ny day
just had surgery today and you package was in mailbox
luv all but the apron is so great would give another heart if this would let me
thank you very much
Response: I hope recovery goes well. I like to please. Thanks for heart.
Comment: Received your swap today. Thank you for your wonderful note. Esp. about your black cat. Sounds like you miss him so much still. I have had a couple black cats over the years & they were the best cats ever! I loved so much & still miss them dearly. I hope you can get your computer working again. I have been through 3 computers already, over a period of 8 years. They don't make them like they used to, that's for sure! Couldn't get them fixed either. When went they went. So no more laptop's for me. Am sticking to desktop ones now & I've had this one for 3 yrs. now. I love fall weather and I think it's finally here! Anyway, Thank you for all the wonderful note cards, including the Halloween card of black cat. How sweet of you! I love them all!
Response: Black cats, indeed, are special. I see a man named Norman with my computer. He knows how to help me. Thanks for heart.
Comment: Thanks! I actually have not been to the Museum of Russian Icons yet even though I've lived in Clinton for 3 years and I go past it all the time. I play Pokemon Go at the park across from the museum every day lol. I do plan to go at some point soon - I found out they have a Russian tea room and my boyfriend loves tea so I think he'd really like that.
Response: Thanks for heart! You must visit the museum. Wish I lived closer.
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter. I enjoyed reading about where you live and the bit of information about the Lindbergh family. I always watched documentaries about them. I also keep the same cook books in my cooking area that you like. However, I really want to find the cookbook your daughter found. I enjoyed your letter very much.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter in the beautiful notecard. I love the vintage looking PC. I have to admit, I have no idea how to play bridge. I do know how to play rummy though. I have not seen that play but if you catch a play called Being Ernest, I recommend it. My husband and I sometimes visit Ashland, OR to go see the plays there. Lovely place to visit.
Response: New top of week is film, Blinded by Light". I loved it. Glad my week of brdige and little else didn't bore you.
Comment: Very pretty card, thank you! :)
UPDATE: I just received the small cupcake shaped PC! It looks like it's been rained on but it arrived, so cute. Thank you so much! I wasn't sure what you were talking about on the other card when you said you'd sent a small one also hahaha Many hearts to you :)
Response: Don't know either! Ancient history now---Thanks for heart!
Comment: Thank you for the vintage view of Capri from Naples, Jean. The whole planet seems to be sweltering. I'm heading up your way later this month to visit a friend in Hanover NH & hope it won't be as hot as here. I envy your daughter going to N. Viet Nam - a place I'd love to visit.
Comment: Loved your wonderful letter and what looks like a hand-painted card! Thank you also for the stationery and PC! It was very relaxing reading about your experiences! I will re-read it many times over a cup of tea! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!
Comment: thanks so much for all the things you sent! I really enjoyed reading all that you wrote in the card and learning a bit about you. Thank you for the well wishes and nice words!! Have a good day and happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the nice cards. I still go into Chicago about once a month to check on my parents who still live there. It has been warm here the last few days. About time! ha ha! Have a wonderful summer! Marina
Response: Thank you. I hear from Chicago friends. Hot summers there!
Comment: I loved the card and the note. My son and granddaughter go to Knott's Berry Farm most weekend and my daughter and family go to Disneyland at least once a week. Glad you had a good trip out this way.
Comment: Thank you so much for your great letter, postcard, and bookmark. I used to live about 5 minutes away from the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH, so I was thrilled to see that bookmark! My kids and I loved that shop. The Big Green Tent sounds fascinating. I would love to visit Russia someday (after the political stuff calms down again).
Response: Thanks for your comment. I must return to Keene Toadstool for a bookmark. I am tempted when I am there to buy more.
Comment: Very nice snow scene! It is definitely spring here, maybe bordering on summer the past few days. My daffodils are gone already. The wisteria is everywhere and I love it. Hope you get some spring soon. Thanks! :):):)
Comment: Hello Jean -- thanks for the great vintage cards! that one of London is amazing -- still working docks. I have had some nice trips to Vermont -- love to hike, and love all the local cheese! Best, al
Comment: Thank you so much! To answer your question: Spring is here in MN! The weather still changes from 70 degrees to snowing in a few days, but it's so much warmer! Hope you're well, great to meet you!
Comment: Thank you for brightening my mailbox today! Spring is definitely here in Ft. Worth, Texas, my allergies confirm it. High of 62 today. We do have snow but not nearly enough during the winter. And a very warm thank you for the delicate doily, I've already put it to use. :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards! We have had really nice weather for a few days, high 60s! My rabbits are all tame but not potty trained, I wish they were. Thank you for your wonderful letter. Have a great day!
Comment: Superior swap! So much fun to open! I love the book, it has so many cool things inside and the letter made me smile. You took everything from my profile and paid attention to it! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you for your funny postcard, I like it! :) We don't have sauna at our home, last place where we lived has a sauna and I used it quite much. I'm also really waiting for the spring, this winter has been too long and snowy already. Maybe soon...
Response: Yesterday here was 61 degrees! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: The resend arrived fine - thank you, and thanks for an extra. That copper engraved Statue of Liberty is so unusual - i've never seen one like that, thank you very much! As I said, if the original swap you sent me ever arrives, I will let you know and mail you 5 cards in return. Once I did have that happen: the original arrived very ripped and battered, about 5 months later!
Response: I have an extra S of L card I am keeping. Thanks for heart.
Comment: Thank you for the card, letter, beautiful bookmark and stickers. No, I wasn't born in Viriginia. But I got here as fast as I could. :) It has finally warmed up here to the 40s. Hope your area is getting some relief from the cold. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Comment: The postcard was to reach my mail box, in Windermere, FL, in October -'2018, but the postcard, a 2nd resend, didn't reach my mail box until January -'2019. I made sure twice that you had my correct name & address. USPS has had my new correct address since Sept. 2018. I received document from USPS of my correct address before Oct. 2018. You swap PC arrived late, the previous PCs you said you sent to me have never arrived in my mail box.
Comment: What lovely postcards! The one with the Eiffel Tower is just amazing! Thanks for your message too! I hope your daughter's situation improves! Living in London and so close to Europe must have its advantages! Happy swapping!
Response: Happy to send cards you liked! Living in London from travel point of view is great!
Comment: I had a laugh about your question on why I wanted a postcard from Gary! It's cause my dad was born there! Most of his family lives in Portage now but I'd like to at least have a card from where he was actually born :) thanks for all the goodies! Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for the heart and hope a card will turn up with Gary as the subject.
Comment: Hi and thank you for the great Christmas card and the extras ♡ Flea markets/2nd hand shops are very common here. During summer the market squares and some parking lots have weekend flea markets outside. You just put a table out and sell your stuff :) Facebook second hand groups have replaced a lot of actual sellers out though. The shops here are mostly "rent a table, bring your stuff and a shop keeper does the selling". You just price your stuff and leave it there, eg for a week. I should probably rent a table again. :)
A trip on a cruise liner, like you were in, sounds a lot of fun. Would love to see cities like that! I've been on a (route) cruise liner to Stockholm, Tallinn and Travemünde in Germany (different times), Thanks for everything, tea will be drank tonight♡
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful ( decorated )Christmas card and earl grey tea . love also the writing on the card ♥️! … happy to read ( profile ) that we have a lot in common... and yes, vintage is the best ! … Happy hollidays !
Comment: Hi Betty Jean! It has been awhile since we swapped - always fun when SB hooks me up with folks I know! I love your plans for when you win the lotto! I don't NEED that huge amount of money, I always say me and several others can win! LOL! So far my "big" win was $4! LOL! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I LOVE this journal! Also, I thought I had already rated it. I wrote the rating message in my mind. Like, I love how there's room for me to keep journaling. And I love your lists as they are well thought out and interesting. It's not in front of me, so I can't do all the "ME TOO!" I was going to, but I thought you'd prefer a rating. Also, I loved LOVED that your name matched the maple leaf on the envie!!! So cute! Thanks so much for this!
Comment: Thank you for all the PCs, the cute notecard, the cool extra stamps & your nice note, Jean. That “Unattended Children” sign is a hoot. I saw just such a sign at a thrift store & took a photo, thinking it would make a great PC. If only I could find a place to make quality cards at an affordable price! I’m going down to Marathon for the rest of the month. It’s become my home always from home.
Comment: I am so sorry it took such a long time to read your letter and rating you.
I am so grateful you invited me in your dreams to travel all the continents of this wonderful planet we are living on.
Let us all cherish this amazing globe!
Response: I shall print from now on. Thanks for heart. I recently joined a group to enter big lottery. We did not win.
Comment: Hi Betty Jean! Thank you for the lovely card and all the goodies you sent along inside. What a neat card! I was especially delighted with the postcard of three roosters--cute! The nicest thing, though, was your newsy note about your trip to NY; we lived north of Albany for a few years but the kids were young and we never made it to the city. The weather here is FINALLY 'fall' and this parcel is full of fall!
Comment: Thanks for all of the amazing autumn goodies! We live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. I grew up in the historic town of Berkeley Springs only about 20 minutes from where I live now. I can imagine VT is beautiful this time of year. I live in the middle of the woods and I love to be surrounded by the fall colors!
Response: Happy to please! Here peak season will come in several weeks. With so much rain, it may not be the best this year.
Comment: Thank you for such a great package...cute seasonal decor, ready to go up...I think my favorite is the scarf! I am not usually a big scarf person, but this one is so light and lovely and the fall colors are amazing!
Response: Happy to please! I think scarves dress you up.
Comment: Thanks for the wallet and other goodies. I was just looking for a new wallet and I see this one has a lot of slots for all my cards (the cards that give you points not charge cards - LOL). I use the pocket calendars all the time, too. Thanks again!
Comment: Thank you for the cards and nice letter. Bless you for helping Eastern Europeans who have suffered much in the 20th century. We are currently dry here so we could use some of your New England rain. Marina
Response: Thanks for heart. More rain has come recently.
Comment: What a joy to receive your envelope filled with vintage goodies! So nice of you to write such a newsy note; loved it! Thanks for making this a fun swap & if you're interested in personally swapping mail art/letters, just let me know and we can give it a try.
Comment: Many thanks for your choices, especially the scaft --I am a collector of scarves and wear them all the time when weather is cool enough, light ones in moderate weather, and heaivier, intersting ones like the one you found and send. Great choice.
Comment: OH! I don't think a SB package has ever made me smile this big. LOVE LOVE LOVE the green beads -- they remind me so much of my beaded stuff from Tanzania. They are so similar I'd swear that's where it came from. Tanzania is my heart home so thank you for such a wonderful surprise!
Comment: I loved reading about your adventure in 1960! You appeal to my own independent heart as I love to travel alone. Every bit was enjoyable to read, thank you for taking time to share. I’m so privileged to be on the receiving end of this letter! Happy Summer 2018 and many Happy Swaps❤️
Comment: Thanks for the two vintage India cards, Pernie. They bring back memories.Glad to hear you're having warmer weather. Good luck with your flowers. My mother used to grow hollyhocks in central Massachusetts.
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard & all the info about Anchor Line. One of my great regrets is that I never crossed the ocean in one of those big ships when they were still an option for travel. I have no use for cruise ships, though I did stow away on one between San Juan & St. Thomas, but that's another story!
Response: I loved ship travel in the 60s. I crossed to England and back several times.
Comment: Thank you so much for the Coke cards. I have very few Coke cards and these were all new ones for me. I appreciate the extra Vermont card. They seem to be hard to come by. I get very, very few of them in all of the swaps I do. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again in another swap!
Response: I like to come across different types of cards.
Comment: Oh my!! where to begin.........Peacock is already hanging in the patio, will label the pine cone for my new collection, will use the journal on a trip in June. When I moved I gave my 20 years - three baskets of pine cones to the Children's museum. This new basket I am labeling each one where I found the cone. Thank you very much, it was a huge surprise!
Comment: Yes, I often would eat at the lunch counter at the FW Woolworth in Lancaster when I worked downtown. Small world since you are researching it now. Thank you for the lovely items...washable napkins (perfect for our suppers), note cards, postcard and the photo book (I just got a used camera at a thrift store and I can place some pictures of my growing garden in this book). Always a pleasure to see you in my mailbox.
Comment: Thank you for the nice selection of cards. I love the Coke card. It's my first one. Think I might have to start a collection of these. Hope you and your family have a nice Easter. It is cold and rainy here in Indiana.
Response: Thanks for heart. Spring finally arrived here.
Comment: Thanks for the card and note! Yes, I think I would miss Chicago, too. We got our snow this weekend; even had a snow day Friday. I also enjoy the estate sales, but don't go so much anymore - trying to get rid of stuff, not get more. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Response: Thank you for heart. We can't always live where we were happiest.
Comment: This is one of my favorite Cardcetera postcards! You are so lucky to have been to Russia! I hope I get there someday. Loved that quote too! We are indeed the architects of society. Cheers, Theresa
Response: Thanks for the heart! I would like to return to visit dear friends in Russia.
Comment: Jean...many hearts to you for these awesome heart items you sent!!! You were super generous and I really, really love the broach pin...I put it on the lapel of my church coat for the perfect Valentine "LOVE" month accessory . Thank you!!...Have a Happy Valentine's Day...Charlene
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter. Sounds like you had and have had exciting holidays. Sounds so much fun. We spend time with family in town and family 2 hours away. Thank you for the Corn Pudding recipe. Never had that. Gotta give it a try soon. Love the coloring page. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart. Try the corn pudding.
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful postcards! I was surprised to see the World Trade Center in the New York postcard - that's a keeper! Buddha is printed in Japan - I've brought home postcards like that - and the church reminds me why I want to visit Chile.
Response: I am glad I picked cards you liked. Read In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. Chile connection plus more.
Comment: I love the French Christmas card!Thanks for 3 interesting postcards, plus the lovely little watercolor! Thank you so much! For the Christmas markets, we didn't get up to Nuremberg or Rothenberg, our favorites were Strasbourg and the lovely little village of Colmar, we also did a few in Germany and Switzerland. Such great memories!
Response: Christmas is a great time, whatever we do. Happy New Year! It is extremely cold here. Lots of snow.
Comment: Thank you for such lovely items and a wonderful letter. I loved the snowman card. I would love to do such an item for next year,, with your permission to steal that idea?
May you have a special Christmas and hoping your visit with your daughter yesterday went well in NYC.
Response: Having great time with my daughter! Glad I aced the swap. Happy New Year!
Comment: My mom reads this series and I really should give it a try. Thank you so much for sending it in a Christmas card, too! Yes - I had a very tiny bit of snow a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty for an hour but it did not stick.
Comment: Dear Betty Jean!
Thank you so much for your wonderful card and very interesting message! We haven't cardinals at Russia at all. It's a shame, I really like how they look, especially on Christmas cards. Wish you a great Christmas season :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I just got back from spending the weekend in Helen, GA which is this cute Bavarian inspired town. We actually got some snow there so it made the trip extra magical for Christmas! To answer your question, my husbandâ€™s first duty station was Norfolk, VA so thatâ€™s when I left MA and we got married and lived there for 4 years. Darien is not too far from here and I plan on trying to visit there before we move from the area.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card, the great postcard and especially for the lovely letter you wrote me! Just delightful. I have never seen a platypus in real life, either. They only live in Australia. But it is on my bucket list! I saw a hedgehog once in real life last year and ever since have loved them. I would love to have one as a pet, but I'm not a great pet person. :/
Comment: Jean, I loved your letter! I hope you got to go to the piano concert tonight, and that you have a great visit in NYC with your daughter. And this postcard is amazing - It's a keeper! Merry Christmas :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and postcard. It was nice to hear about your travels last year. I'm sure you'll get a chance to visit the UK again soon! And I've heard lots of good things about the German Christmas markets! I should go over one year to see for myself :-) I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Comment: Thank you so much for the swap and the card - I love a long card! Your son sounds like he's travelled a lot. I would also like to go to Kenya, it's one of the few places South Africans don't need a visa for!
Response: I would like to go there and to Zimbabwa.
Comment: How lovely to receive your card and super-cool playing cards - wonderful additions to my silly collection! I, too, drive 84 to 81 when I go "home" to visit my kids in Maine. I now live about 4 miles from 81, just southwest of Harrisburg. Loved your newsy note. Have a wonderful holiday!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas card and for the Williamsburg postcard. I would love to visit that area but I doubt very much that I'll ever make it up there! Your letter was fantastic and I thank you for taking the time to write me. I will try my best to write you back. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
Response: I get early into the spirit of Christmas. I enjoy sending and receiving. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Jean....LOVE this beautiful handmade scarf...what great colors that can be worn with so many things!! Thank you for the gift and the warmth it will bring many times throughout our NY winter. I absolutely love all things hand made and the skill that it takes to make them! Blessings...Charlene
Response: I liked it too. More craft shows this weekend. My friend knits all the time. That crafts woman who made your scarf had a table full of many colored scarfs.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note and 2 poems! Very heartfelt. So sad about your friend. You really never know! I try to keep active and really live life fully. I'm not a poet either. I write scripts--movie or stage. I used to collaborate with a couple of others on film scripts. I love that--collaboration, that is. Recently, I've been working on more stage plays since I'm acting in more of them, and a studio I belong to will produce original scripts. I'm hoping to see one of mine staged. I've already had one done as a staged reading. Super fun! Thanks for the cute little bag, too!
Response: Glad to please! You must lead an interesting life with your creativity.
Comment: Thank you for sharing this sweet and moving story about an unforgettable friendship. I really enjoyed reading it and it's great that the memory still lives on so strong - now on paper! Thank you for swapping with me!
Response: I love to have a prompt and go with it. I look forward to more after the holidays.
Comment: 100 hearts dear lady! You sent such wonderful items. The metal cheese slicer (love, love it), the bread warmer is perfect for my Sunday dinners, the cutting board, napkins and the hotpad (I need these always for my table---did you happen to make it?). It felt like Christmas opening your package this morning. Sending a cyber Huge Hug. You did great making me feel special. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. All these items will be on my table (or used) ** I forgot to mention what a lovely letter I got from you as well. I have you on my Christmas card list**
Response: Great that you can use these items! Christmas will come too quickly now that it is December.
Comment: You seriously have the best handwriting I've ever seen. It's so easy to read!
I enjoyed your story quite a bit. I was thinking the locked door would be the Checkov's Gun, so I totally overlooked the idea of the bag being it. Very clever! thanks for sending
Response: Wasn't that a fun writing assignment? Thank you.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! It would be amazing to go see the Great Wall of China! To answer your question, Iâ€™d want to go to England. For some reason I feel very drawn to the little villages there!! Itâ€™s warm and sunny here in the Jacksonville Fl area...but last week we got some cold weather!
Response: I love England, but I still have not seen China. It may never happen. I have old post cards of Jacksonvillle. My grandmother lived there in 1907.
Comment: Hi Jean, thanks for the cards! We survived the Hurricane and today the tree man finally came to trim all the broken branches and palms I couldnâ€™t reach. So we are pretty much done except putting the fountain all back together and putting big potted stuff back out in the yard away from the front entrance. Were very fortunate. But I am finally having to admit Iâ€™m not as young as I think I am! We go to sweltering southern Illinois in the summer. Thatâ€™s where we used to live. Itâ€™s really cooler in the summer in sw Fla!
Response: I am sorry for your damages. It could be worse. I hear from Puerto Rico about their problems. I would rather be hot than cold.
Comment: What a sweet story, I really like how you make the reader look back in time, live all the events together! The format of a letter is also so powerful....maybe an idea for a swap! Thank you for everything once again xxx.
Comment: I absolutely adore the poem about Zipper, what a romantic and sweet poem! I love how he was worth more than diamonds, and the memory of a beloved pet will stay with you always. The poem about Rose was rather sad, but people do forget that the grass always "looks" greener on the other side... thank you so much for sharing these poems with me!
Response: I always slow down as I drive down the road to gaze at Zipper. Sometimes, I stop. He is adorable. In her 90s, his mistress is still pretty. Thank you for enjoying my primitive verse.
Comment: This was so interesting! I'd read a book about all these people and their going-on's. I had never heard of swallowing lye before, what a horrible death! So sad for Emma. I really like you gave the story a frame by letting Ann write it all down. That technique works very well! Thank you for sharing this with me!
Response: My poor pretty 28 year old grandmother! I am glad you enjoyed the story.
Comment: Thank you for the Mark Twain PC! It took me a while to figure out what this PC belonged to - the post office put their bold, black stamp all through the pertinent swap info! Twain is one of my favorite authors :)
Response: I sent it after reading your profile. I was there several times. Sorry you had a problem with my info.
Comment: Thank you for your very kind envelope and thoughtful letter. Sounds as though you have marvelously interesting daughters and a rich travel life. While it's not my comfort food, I do think custard is wonderful! Thank you!
Response: Thank you. I can't travel as much as I used to, but go when the car door opens. I shall always love travel.
Comment: Thanks for the fun polar bear card!! I also LOVE the stamps and stickers too!! I've never thought of reading Jennifer Worth's memoirs, I'll have to check them out from the library! And my mini Cooper is light blue with a white top, rims, and side mirrors. Her name is Lucy Lou and I love her! :) Your daughters sound like wonderful girls! My sister's name is Ann. What a coincidence that we have your daughters' middle names as our first names!
Response: I want a mini Cooper. And, it is personal with a name. One of my friends out in Colorado named hers Betsy--not a mini, however.
Comment: of course this suits me the doll is wonderful also the black envelope with the pretty gold trinket (did you make it?) the fabric is wonderful also
heart you would give you more if I could
many thanks - PS Harley is a great cats name I am looking up oriental short hair now to see one
Response: Today, I see on facebook is National Black Cat day. Isn't that sweet? I wish I could sew. I took two classes years ago and gave up. The sewing machine scares me.
Comment: Thank you for the sweet poem and the extra's! I love the scenes you depict, someone traveling and changing and expanding his views. I hope your visit from your daughter was lots of fun!
Response: My daughter and I had a lovely time together. She did, however, suggest that my short story didn't flow. She read one story. I hope her book that she is laboring over as university work flows.
Comment: Thank you for los aves de El Yunque, Jean. Yes, I went there when I was living in St Thomas and it is indeed a beautiful place. Thanks for bringing back great memories! Appreciate the eclipse stamp too. I've been sending them out but haven't had one to play with myself!
Response: I am fond of Puerto Rico which is having economic problems. I was in St. Thomas several times and camped once on St. John with American Youth Hostel. Thanks for heart.
Comment: What a sweet story! I love how you picked a Christmas song, and the story is so nice! You are a treasure trove of good stories :D I love the old Christmas songs, I felt a a bit of holiday cheer coming up while reading this.
Response: I liked writing that one too. My daughter says I need better "flow". She is a professor and writes books.
Comment: Thank you for sharing this uplifting story. I liked that the main character was not at all what one might expect and how your piece reminds us that age is but a number. And no, I'm not at all sick of your hand written stories. ;) xoxo
Response: I am glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Wow this sure was exciting! I wondered if the flying squirrels had bitten her or something, but it was something more "exotic"! To me at least, I don't think we have flying squirrels here. Good thing they listened so carefully to her. And don't worry about not sending in typed work, your handwriting is nice and clear :-)
Response: You give me good feelings that my little stories are liked. Think up more ideas that motivate me to write.
Comment: Oh, how do I thank you - 1 heart just does not seem enough...Love all and I will put it to use...loved the verses - do wish our senior center has something like what you are doing...enjoyed so much.... :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous ephemera. Every piece is so great. I love some of it so much that I will probably keep it. So letter was very interesting and now I am intrigued about the story. Many thanks for such a wonderful swap. Happy 4th. Hugs, Mona
Response: I am happy to hear you liked what I sent. It is fun to assemble.
Comment: I LOVED the donkey story! A similar thing inspired my love of donkeys: When I lived in Texas there was a donkey that used to hang out by the side of the road near the highway/strip mall I used to drive by. He wore a big red bow sometimes. I used to pull over and get out and pet him through the fence! I might have to drive up to Vermont just to see it (and Bernie!) :-)
Comment: Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this lovely memory with me! I hope you enjoyed being able to write, just letting your pen (thanks for asking you son to type it out!) to flow ... i too prefer writing long hand before getting it onto the PC.
Comment: This is such a cool story! In 300 words you conjure up a whole world and characters that are alive! The ending is great, I love it :D I want to write a story like this :D Thank you also for the extras and the note! Are there any Lakenvelder cows nearby? They're so cute...we have a few over here in the fields. The calves are adorable in spring :D
Response: Plenty of Holsteins about. Those other cows that you know white around the middle have not been in the field where I saw them for awhile. They were unusual to me. Thanks for positive reply to my story.
Comment: Thank you Betty Jean Maples (I love the sound of all three names) thanks so much for the flat surprise envelope. Lots of fun stuff in there. I love the idea of the love letter, can't wait to figure out where I am going to leave it!! And silly me but I really liked the tag on the ribbon - that might be the first thing I use! Thanks again, have a wonderful day! DorothyH
Comment: What a great happy mail!! I loved all the things you picked (especially the fox and owl card) and I so enjoyed the message on the card. It was like receiving something from a friend even though we're strangers ðŸ˜Š
Comment: Oh my, that got exciting quickly! Poor Hattie, losing a pet is such a terrible thing. I can understand her being so angry. I'm happy they bonded over the loss, I love a happy ending. Well written as always and lots of fun to read! Thank you for the extra's, when I walk out of my street there are fields in which cows graze, black and white like the picture! I love it when they get calves in spring, so cute!
Response: Thank you for positive response. I saw my favorite donkey today. he is 32 years old.
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter. It arrived today but I haven't read it yet. I will do that when my crazy kids are in bed and I can have a cup of fennel tea. Thank you for now and I will reply soon
Response: Enjoy your crazy kids! They will grow up. and you will miss these days.
Comment: Thanks for the story. I think if you are ambitious and want to write a novel or novella this summer this could be a basic plot with the marriage and divorce leading up to the events in this story. For flash fiction this is enough character development but it suggests they are more complicated -- or hae you thought of NaNoWriMo?
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and kind message! I think that if you write poetry, you're a poet :D Just keep on writing and don't let anyone keep you from trying new things! I love the Heartthrob poem, especially how it ends the same as it starts, very intruiging, so many images come up in my mind. The Angst poem is sad and true for many people I'm afraid...I watch CNN too and my heart aches for all my dear American friends and the beautiful country they live in. Stay strong! <3
Response: Thank you for encouraging feedback and for heart.
Comment: Thanks so much for the great selection of ephemera! I think the newspaper is my favorite, but there's a close second with 1930's receipt. â˜º I can't imagine living for a 117 years! Imagine all the changes and advancements she's seen! Incredible. Thanks again!!
Response: I had fun putting this together. Thanks for feedback and heart.
Comment: I absolutely adore the wonderful letter you sent, and it made my heart very happy. Thank you for sharing it with me. Thanks for all of the thoughtful gifts you sent me as well. I've been singing Patsy Cline songs to my little one as lullabies :)
Comment: Enjoyed your letter ðŸ˜Š These letter swaps have been one of my favorite swaps ðŸ˜Š
I thought I did give a heart - I must not have clicked it all the way - I do give hearts because I love getting mail ðŸ˜Š
Response: I am sorry I didn't please you enough for a heart!
Comment: Thanks for the really nice card! I do love the nice style that this Oz card was drawn in. It's really cool to hear you are so engaged with the arts. I want to be the same but I don't have many friends who share my interests. Stay warm in the snow!
Response: No snow this weekend! Thank you for heart,
Comment: Thank you for this exciting story! Once I started reading I couldn't stop until I got to the end! I love how you used the dice icons, very smart and natural. The story is adventurous and sweet too, I loved reading it!
Response: I am happy you liked my story. I enjoyed writing it.
Comment: Dear Jean, What a lovely note and sweet buttons!! It was so nice to hear from your part of the world! Would love to visit there in the fall one day! That is on my bucket list!! Thank you again!!
Response: I am glad the buttons didn't break. It is nice here in the fall.
Comment: Happy Friday! :) I definitely would rather live in the country than the city! You mentioned you lived in Oak Park... To be quite honest, there has been a lot of scary stuff happening around here lately. Armed robberies, house break-ins [literally down the street from me, eep! :(] among other things... Oak Lawn is not the city it used to be, sadly. I'm looking towards moving west.
Response: Thanks for the heart. I am very sorry to hear about the danger.
Comment: Lovely letter...I just may return one to you. Thank you for the paper assortments (stickers, 3 note cards, 2 stationary papers) and some tea to warm me up this winter. All will be used up over the next few days. I hope you did not get too much snow and could get out and enjoy the Celtic Knot class. Happy Valentines Day
Response: Thank you. Snow is melting. A beautiful day!
Comment: ... how funny that you could send two stories to me in one! I quite enjoyed how you connected the pics - it was a difficult one, but I could sense that you'd experienced this - so well done if it's fictional. :)
Comment: Thank you for the story ... somehow (and perhaps this was because I had a point of comparison), this one was less realistic than the other. Not quite sure how one would fix that. As reader I just couldn't really "place" myself there. :)
Response: Already forgot what it was, but sorry it didn't grab you. Win some and lose some! Also fiction.
Comment: Thank you for this lovely story! It was really interesting to read where you took this prompt! You write children and teens so well, everything is so natural! I'm happy it ended well, because halfway through I got a bit worried. The moral of the story is very true!
Response: I am glad you liked the story. Just my imagination, and I run with it.
Comment: Hi! I grew up in south western Michigan - across Lake Michigan from Chicago. :) It' was the "cool" place to go for field trips. :) Also explored the UP & planned to attend Northern Michigan University until it downsized when the AF base there closed.
Loved the card you used to! Very unique. :)
Comment: Thank you for another touching story! I love how everyone is so real, it really makes me want to know what is going to happen with the characters and to like them. I love how this story shows how a little act of kindness, speaking to someone to show interest, can lead to big things. Poor Mary Alice, but she had the best people around her! Thank you for sharing!
Response: I appreciate that heart. Thank you. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Betty Jean....wow you must have a good memory that you remember sending me something last year for my cottage....I have moved since last Christmas and am excited to celebrate in our new home!! And this year I have room for a tree and it is up already and my grands decorated it...that was some fun memories!! Thank you for the awesome card and the tags, and stickers (I have already put them to use). I love getting useful items...Joy and cheer for your Christmas, Charlene
Response: Thank you for the heart. I don't have a tree this year. I leave for London on Thursday. Happy thoughts for your new home.
Comment: Just sat down to read this after it arrived yesterday... an interesting ambivalent main character. I was a bit worried for a while that she might get off too lightly, so I'm glad it ended the way it did! (And no problem at all about it being handwritten, I think most of us only type because we find it easier.) Thank you! :)
Response: I try with my writing. When I get a heart, it pleasures my heart.
Comment: Thank you for your kind note and kindness in "junk" form. My favourites are the stamps, especially the Hopi pot: it's the first time I've seen that one. The Cyrillic text was about an artist or writer named "Adolphe". Being German, I am allergic to this name, so I won't be using this particular piece of epemera, but some of the others I have already used. Thank you, too, for your quotes. I came across this one yesterday: "Bunt ist meine Lieblingsfarbe" (Walter GrÃ¶pius) - colourful is my favourite colour. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for your story. Your Mrs Steele reminds me of my grandmother. She was a teacher for more than 30 years, and was one of those no nonsense types. No orange hair though. But she's remembered by a lot of people, just as your Mrs. Steele is remembered by you.
Comment: Your handwriting is so neat and precise. I am very envious, as mine's barely readable :)
Thank you for the story! as a child, I was always afraid that a gun would go off if I touched it as well.
Comment: This story was so lifelike, I could see all the people in my mind's eye and my heart broke for Reita. I volunteer for a youth care organisation that specializes in traumatized teenagers and it was like I was reading one of their stories. The dialogue was very natural and I could feel the internal struggle of Reita. Thank you for sharing this story with me!
Comment: Orange hair/wig --- I was surprised. This was nice and long. I honestly do find hand written things harder to read and to like. But good for you for telling us so much about Mrs. Steele. You should make a point of reading lots of stories and paying attention to the extent to which people are described -- more show than just tell.
Response: Thanks for advice. I read a lot. perhaps, it was boring.
Comment: HI Jean, thanks for the great letter and quotes and the great notecard. I learned to read using the Dick, Jane and Sally books. But I LOVED to read Dr. Seuss and the Bernstain Bears as a child and still do!! I still love to read! :) Thanks for a great swap!
Response: I love Dr. Seuss too. Because of this swap, I went to children's room at library, sat on floor, and read a few of his books again.
Comment: Betty Jean, Thank you for the awesome "S" and "E" items you sent for this fun swap! You nailed it with the sunflowers and earrings :) The sun catcher elephant is so cute and the fall card is beautiful...did you make it? May we meet in the mail again sometime....Charlene
Response: You don't know how much I thought and looked! Thank you for heart.
Comment: Thank you for the story. It definitely has great potential to be a novel! There's so much room for detail in this piece. I hope you kept a copy for revision/revisiting as I think this would be a lovely tale to explore more in depth. I don't mind that it was handwritten however in the future I would recommend clearing it with your partner beforehand. If the swap requires it, they would be within their right to rate down and I'd hate to see that. Thanks again for sharing!
Response: I don't type and it is difficult to find a typist.I know my writing is readable. This is, after all, not for publication. I am sure, with more time, I could improve this story.
Comment: This was a joy to receive, to open up the envelope and discover what items were in there. I especially love the old photo, I donÂ´t know why, but I just love old photos :D Thank you very much!
Comment: Thank you so very much, Betty Jean, for all of the lovely items you sent me for this swap. Your package could not have come at a better time - the day it arrived we had 5 fire companies at our house for a possible electrical fire! Thank goodness all that we got was some smoke. I hate to admit this, but I opened them all on the same day!!!! I really needed them, thanks again. pobuffy
Response: I am so glad I sent you things you like. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Yes, summer goes way too fast! I can't believe we're in back-to-school mode already. Great Mother Teresa quote and one I'd not heard before. Interesting tidbit about Shakespeare's house on the postcard. Thanks for a wonderful swap!
Comment: Belated thank you for the striking envelope, like a tapestry, and thoughtful note and selection of cards, Betty Jean! It was like a mini-virtual vacation :) I have also been enjoying the Summer Games and can't believe they are already over, save for the Closing Ceremony. I loved Curious Incident... and hope to see it live one day :) or at least the rebroadcast of the National Theatre Live simulcast. Glad you are also an indie film lover -- I am looking forward to Florence Foster Jenkins and A Tale of Love and Darkness. I sometimes wish I lived in a bigger city (at least Houston) that would get the films sooner or at all :) Hope you have a good week!
Response: The FF Jenkins film is in our area now. I haven't checked it out. I saw a New Zealand film last week called "Wilderpeople." It was great--had adorable Maori boy.
Comment: Thanks so much for your card! My French and Spanish are pretty rusty cause I haven't practiced in forever. Like you, I understand more than I can speak haha. I grew up speaking German, so I probably won't ever lose that although there are days when I can't remember certain words. ;) I've only watched part of the gymnastics of the Olympics which is my favorite part! :D Hope you have a great weekend!
Response: Maybe, I remember German better than Spanish because it is more pronouceable than Spanish for my southern mouth.
Comment: Awwww, I love this moose and bear postcard! I've seen a moose in Idaho but only once. Wish I could see more! I'm sad that summer is flying by too.... Enjoy it while it's here. Thanks again!! : )
Response: Thank you for heart. Today was beautiful in VT.
Comment: Hey Pernie, I enjoyed reading about your travels, your travel plans and about VT. I hope you can make it to Europe at Christmas time, weather can be a bit cold, but those markets specially in Germany are glorious. I loved the card and postcard you sent me. It surely made my day. Gracias!!!!!
Response: Thank you for positive feedback.I can't wait for Christmas holiday.
Comment: Thank you for writing a note about your travels with small children AND or writing the incident suggested by the swap directions. It's good to have more than a bare bones response to the challenge.
Comment: "Small Town Behavior" was delightful to read. Your super imagery brought back my own somewhat similar memories and reflections of "Big City Behavior." Racing over Hell's Bump, smoking in the cemetery....my how those little treks over "fool's hill" now seem completely delightful in comparison to the walks into darkness of this age. Thanks for sharing your entertaining and descriptive writing, Jean! Many hearts to you. â¤â¤â¤ jinanne
Response: I am happy to hear you liked my tale of youth.
Comment: Thanks for the Wilson Castle card. It sounds like a neat place to explore. Great quote from Blessed Mother Teresa as well. If you send cooler weather down to Florida it would be most appreciated! =)
Response: No cool weather here, but not as hot as some days ago. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcards! And how neat that you've been to Russia and to the Czech Republic, too! I will write you a reply to share more details of my own time in these countries. :-) Thank you for sharing!
Response: Travel is the most educational thing you can do. Thanks for heart.
Comment: This piece was so incredibly emotive. I absolutely reveled in the images you created...and just loved the peacefulness of this amazing memory. I envy it in a way...I am a product of the 80s and never had those experiences. But really...it swept me up and I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity to have you share this with me. Thank you. So. PS - You're right...cars *were* elegant back then.
Comment: Thank you so much for the envelope ... the cards fit perfectly in to my stash ... one of my smalest piles is "art" / "painting" cards .
So sweet the earings was ... and of course the stickers fit me well...
Comment: I love the beautiful heart shaped bowl and the flower plaque - thank you so much!!! They both arrived in perfect shape, no breakage. The small sunflower watercolor is very sweet also. Thanks so much for participating in this swap! xo
Comment: Thank you for the watercolor card, how fun! Haha, I noticed it said Electronic too but thought the host just accidentally picked it, I can see why it was confusing. My town is actually known for its live mermaid shows and just an hour north of Tampa. I kind of live in a rural area so I know what you mean by enjoying visiting the city from time to time. Thank you again!
Response: Sending an electronic post card was confusing. Not what she actually meant. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Hello! I LOVE this WWII Home Front Postcard! I think about the life skills I would need to learn to survive a time period of conservation like this. I would certainly need to learn to sew! I also think that I would have to watch my diet, because new clothes would be hard to come by. It is easier to make clothes smaller than bigger!
Response: I didn't want to give this card up, but thought I would spread the pleasure.
Comment: Thank you! I love Matruskas! I only have one set though. I do have a lacquer box and an amber picture both given to me by a student whose mother was Russian. I would love to see Vermont some day!
Response: Come to vermont in the fall! Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Jean, thank you for sharing some of your memories with me. I can relate to so many of them! And your secret is safe with me! :) Doing this swap certainly made me realize how much has changed since I was a little girl. It was fun! All the best, Cynthia
Response: As an old lady, I have many memories. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: I received a card full of card sleeves with a couple of stickers slapped on. They were all individual ATC sleeves when I contacted you on if you wanted to research what a pocket letter was a resend without anymore extras I only wanted to receive the sheet to put in my binder there was no response. Since this was left unrated I tried to contact again and mistakenly said I didn't receive once I cleared that up I was accused of receiving and lying about wanting to get more which is not the case at all I only wanted a decorated pocket letter. I again reminded swapper to research what a pocket letter should be. I do not want to be accused of trying to get more than what I signed up for and be accused of being a liar doesn't sit well with me either.
Comment: Hi Betty Jean!
I love England too! The UK is my home away from home - Especially Scotland as a lot of my family still lives there!
Your post office is still post marking things 2015 - the postmark on this postcard says FEBRUARY 2015 LOL!!
Response: I have lost my Ferguson connections in Scotland. I have Coleman past in England. We were early settlers in VA.
Comment: Thank you so very much for your note and all the goodies (that was so incredibly sweet of you to look for bicentenial quarters and to send 2 1976 pennies - I'm keeping them with my quarter collection - thank you so very much!!!) You made my day. take care, darla
Response: I like it very much that you were pleased.
Comment: Thank you for your amazing card. I was so surprised to find 3Christmas stamp from Australia inside. Thank you so much, as I didn't have these in my collection yet. Great to hear you belong to a stamp club. If you would like to do a private stamp swap, I would be happy. Wishing you a merry Christmas too and all the best
Comment: Hmmmm I cant tell which one could be the lie. Maybe the mission trip? Maybe the new place in VT? The publishing? Eeeee I cant tell. Ill just guess...The mission trip for 3 months? :)
Have a good holiday! Loved the postcard!
Comment: Hi Betty Jean! Thanks so much for sharing not one pondering with a purpose but two!! I enjoyed both of them and the maze will be fun to hopefully conquer! LOL! Thanks so much for the fun Monday Happy Mail! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I got my journal back in this round--it's been great to see everyone's work. Thank you for the lovely cardinal card and for your note. You are quite right, the leaves here are turning out beautifully this fall :)
Comment: Poor Catherine! I can't imagine what she felt when she heard they cremated the wrong remains...I was happy to read the happy ending. I didn't see that coming! Very imaginative and suspenseful!
Comment: Thank for your very pretty bird postcard and ode to Edith Piaf. Sweet peas do grow in California - in my area of the north they are a mid spring to early summer flower. I grew a batch this year, all fragrant varieties and lovely, too.
Comment: Thank you. I loved the poem and the postcard! Thanks for the note - No, we haven't always lived in Fredericksburg. Originally from PA and spent a few years in the Dominican Republic teaching school there.
Response: I enjoy exploring to find poems that really appeal. College towns are good places in which to live.
Comment: Hi Betty! We are blessed to have such wonderful sons! Waterloo is on the IL/MO border (25 miles from downtown St. Louis), so about 6 hours to Chicago. I love your pelican pc! I visited FL multipule times last year and never saw this awesome pc (but since I am addicted to pcs, have tons of others!! LOL!). Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: This was by far the most interesting pocket letter I have ever received and I am sure none will top it! Omgoodness what a gift you sent me. I can see your wheels turning as you put it together! I read your profile and we have a lot in common. I would love to learn more about you! Thank you from the heart.
Response: I am so glad I pleased. I kept collecting, and having so much fun. As you see, I love books. I bought some today.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the beautiful blue things and your letter!ðŸ˜€
I love the scarf, the egg cups and the Paddington bear! However did you know that I have been wanting egg cups or that I adore Paddington bear?!ðŸ˜„
Response: I used to have a big Paddington bear dressed in his fireman outfit. I like to please.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely package. I'm going use the silver "thing" as a Christmas Ornament. Fill it with pine smelling stuff and hang it somewhere. I think it will look pretty. I really like the pewter barrette, it's charming. Also, thank you for the other goodies you sent. My grandson thanks you for the foam disc. He had great fun with it until our new goat (no joke) ate it... What can I say - I keep telling them to pick up their stuff!!! Anyhow... Many thanks and happy swapping! p.s. I enjoyed your letter also. Made me smile...
Response: I am glad you like what I sent. I would love to see that goat. All to make life more interesting---
Comment: First of all, my apologies for the late rating. I've been in vacation. Second, and most important, I wanted to thank you Betty Jean for sending me your beautiful Poetry Journal. I'm so in love with the poems you wrote and shared with me. I'll take good care of your journal :) Kind greetings and wishing you a lovely weekend, Aline
Response: Fun to do! I had to decide which poetry out of so many poems I like, to send.
Comment: Oh, Jean, thank you so very much for the envie of goodies you gave me. I love everything! I really enjoyed reading your letter, too. It really brightened my day! Thank you. Sending Hugs ~ Cari
Comment: Sorry for such a late rating! I just remembered this morning I got your postcard! But thank you so much! I loved that kitty on the front ^___^ It was very cool and fun to read about you :D I would love to travel like you do! That would a blast! Thanks again <3
Comment: Thank you for the cards, Jean. Love those Roosevelt bears! Thanks too for the pretty notecard & your nice note. I do still have as much wanderlust as ever, but back problems have slowed me down the last couple of years. I just returned from several weeks in Alaska which was a pleasant change from the hot sultry SW Florida summer weather that lasts longer every year. Hope your summer is delightful.
Response: Thank you for your response to me. I haven't been to Alaska. Some Day! We both want to be wandering gypsies. Hope back problem improves.
Comment: Loved this swap Jean. The magnet could not be more perfect. I have been lucky enough to travel to the UK twice and this brought back fond memories. Your home crafted envelope is gorgeous! Thank you very much.
Comment: Hey!! I loved you fill ins! And thank you for the letter too! I am terribly sorry it took so long to rate! My neighbor went away for vacation and had her mail stopped - your letter somehow got put with her stuff and I just got it today!
Comment: Wow, I love the postcard and the period costumes and transport. I have not been to England but can't blame a person for dreaming about it. My son wants to go there sometime and would be nice to be excess luggage lol, just to be able to go there.
Response: There is much to see of beauty, both countryside and mademade.
Comment: Oh Betty ~ how did you know I love wind chimes? I love mine so much, thank you! Awesome article and I love the cute lil note book! Thank you so much! And our temps aren't far off from yours! So glad the snow is over! I still see some around ~ it's pretty hard to get rid of 108"! Thank you again! XO
Response: I am glad I pleased you. Still chilly and raining as well. I won't complain if summer comes.
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard! Nice story about the RD sweepstakes winner! It was a nice place to work, but I didn't work for the magazine, worked on a First Day Cover Subscription project. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thanks for the great post card. Sorry for the delay in rating, have been traveling a lot for work! Yes, we do use a dog walker to give the dogs a good midday walk. We are lucky to have a wonderful person in the neighborhood. Happy to see spring! Happy mails!
Response: I am glad you liked card. I get plenty of walking letting my daughter's Black Lab in and out the door.
Comment: Betty, thank you for the wallet and washcloth. This swap was harder than I thought it would be. Thank you also for the teas, postcards and lighthouse notecard. I have never seen a wuzzles before. Interesting. I have lived in Massachusetts for over 67 years and never saw a winter like the one you had. Shirley
Response: Can you believe, we had snow, about an inch, a few days ago. Today looks better, but morning is cool and I have a fire in the stove.
Comment: Great card! I once saw a performance art show that consisted of two women serving a formal tea, dressed up as Barbie, as an unseen voice droned "smile, and be sweet."
Response: I would have liked to see that. I once heard a woman talk about the evil of Barbies for little girls. She said pretty dolls made unattractive little girls feel even worse about themselves. I was not sure I agreed with her lecture.
Comment: A huge and very belated thank you for the super cool B&W PC you sent me last year. It was a bulldog watching a cute little squirrelette, or similar cute rodent LOL. I'm still enjoying it and finally saying thank you! It's a favorite PC of mine!! â¤
Comment: Loved the cards you chose and the categories for this swap. We are in for a bad storm tonight and tomorrow. Calling for up to a foot of snow and drifting winds. The stores were packed this morning--everyone is stocking up. I am ready for spring!! Thanks again for the nice cards!
Comment: Thanks for the cute kitchen items and very nice ladle. I needed one of those. I really wish you would have contacted me saying you were having trouble and were going to send late. I did not hear anything from you and received my package over a week past the end of the swap. I did not rate down because we all have troubles from time to time. Hugs to you.
Response: I also am having computer trouble. But, you received it finally when I could get out. More snow kept me inside yesterday.
Comment: Thank you for the variety of notecards, postcards, stickers, and post-its you sent. Thank you also for the oriental-looking box. I am curious about the box and wondered if you have any details about it! Thank you also for the Juicy Fruit bubble gum! All I find here are the sticks of gum, but this is great! And it has â€œnormalâ€ sugar which seems to be rare find!
Response: I wanted to get a small calendar for you but could not go far afield to search due to our icy weather conditions. The box I have held for awhile in my swap-bot supplies. I have stores I haunt for interesting items.
Comment: Hi Betty
I love you answers thank you
Response: I worked hard on those answers and don't get a star. I am, unfortunately, not a typist. I studied Latin instead when it was available to me. However, if answers didn't bore, I have accomplished something.
Comment: I got your postcards! :)
FYI: Just a helpful hint, you named the swap "3 blank PCs in envelope" and I had no idea what swap it was for. Maybe it was a simple mistake, but if not, it's always helpful to put the title of swap so I can find it. :)
Comment: Thank you for the notecard, tea bags (my profile clearly says I do not drink tea), crude postcards (crudity on my dislikes list), and stickers (on my dislike list, also mentioned right at the top of my profile). I count four different items, not five as per swap requirements. I am incredibly disappointed.
Response: I am sorry you appear offended. Since you are disappointed, I shall re-send and try to please. Since my computer is broken, and I borrow for short periods, my husband's IPad, I may not have read your profile closely enough. I shall send more things, and hope you will choose to change this 3, which, as you see, I don't get from others.
Comment: Hi Jean,
Thank you so much for your card, tea and very chatty and wonderful letter! I so enjoyed reading it and learning about you. Really my favourite type of swap. You put a lot of yourself into it and it was great fun to read. Loved the tea choices too and the extra cards. So sweet!
Thank you so much and all the very best to you and yours this holiday season!
All the best,
Amy Dean (amyteacake)
Response: Thank you for comments. I get carried away sometimes with my writings. Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thank you! I love the watermelon card!!
You become a living historian by joining an historical reenactment group such as http://sca.org (medieval era) or a local WWII Group (only one I know a website for is my own here in NJ!)
You choose a focus and you learn about it on your own and also with people in your group. Then we host events .. some private for just our clubs or public - http://www.maam.org/maamwwii.html
It's my main focus/hobby !
Hope you are having a lovely day! It's rainy and dreary here and I just wanna go up and lay in my bed! But if I DO... I'm NOT comin back down so don't dare!!
Response: I live in the boonies of NH! I used to live near Chicago and had a more interesting life. I have made nice friends here but miss the big city!
Comment: Your package looked tempting so I made it today's Advent Calendar gift! Thank you very much for the cosy socks and the card and the postcards and stickers. Most of my writing is academic, but two books -- 'Epic Treks' and 'The Illustrated Atlas of Exploration' (which I wrote part of) are more general.
Comment: Thank you Jean! I loved your beautiful shiny card! Thanks for the sweet message too! Thanks for the little glitter card as well! Hope and you and your family have a wonderful holiday season as well!
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely note addressing the 20 Questions for Round #2. I felt like we had actually visited together after reading your answers! I envy you living in such an old house with old things--I love any object with a history. I have never been to England but hope to go someday. I loved hearing about your Christmas dinner ;+)
Response: I like to answer questions. My old house is a bit drafty but I love my kitchen fireplace.
Comment: THANK YOU SOOO MUCH...I love everything you sent..The cookie cutters,the interesting news article (wonder if they eat them) the pumpkin/ghost bucket and the pumpkin tealight holder=AWESOME ..Hope you have a wonderful halloween...
Comment: Hi Jean - Thank you for the lovely mailing that I received from you today. I really liked the card and all of the goodies. I especially liked the Swap-Bot business-type cards you enclosed. Did you make them, or have them printed? Thanks again, Rebecca
Response: I didn't make them myself! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Jean, thank you so much for the lovely items you sent for this swap. I'm crazy for that vintage airmail stationery! And a deckle-edge postcard? There's nothing better! Thanks, too, for the cute Ziggy bookmark and all those vintage postage stamps. Great swap.
Comment: Thank you so much for all that you sent to me. I was truly amazed. I never knew how heavy the Navy's utensils were until I picked up the knife you gave me. Wow, with all that extra weight on ships, it is a wonder that they didn't sink. I have relatives in Greenfield, Turners, Deerfield, Northampton, Florence, Amherst etc. My daughter lives in Belchertown and my son lives in Florence. Again, thank you so much, Shirley
Comment: Thank you for your long letter. I especially loved the story about your little post office and it's unfortunate fate (and the news clipping). You are right that I am both Irish and Jewish, though I married into the last name
Comment: Thank you so much for such a thoughtful swap! I really loved the vintage post card & note card, along with the tea and tomato seeds. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. You really did make my day! :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Deear Jean - Thank you so much for the 2 wonderful books. They both look marvelous and I can't wait to read them. The mystery novel sounds intriguing. 'Confessionsof a Common Reader little book to dip into to and read a chapter at a time. The notecard you sent is lovely too. All the best and happy swapping, Jane x (jep1068)
Response: I believe you will enjoy them. I like to please.
Comment: Betty Jean, thank you so much for the lovely cards you sent my way! Of course you knew I would love the kitty ;+) but you also sent other wonderful cards! I'm crazy for the elephant balloon (really unique) and the vintage cards are just great. Thank you for choosing so thoughtfully.
Comment: Thank you so much for sending me such a gorgeous postcard, Jean. I loved reading your message and learning a little more about you and your life. Over the past couple of years I've slowly begun exploring the south, and have really fallen in love with so many places, customs and histories there. My husband works offshore, and as his company is based out of Houston we've tried to take advantage of his traveling in order to see parts of Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina-- with more trips planned. To a Canadian such as myself it can feel like a foreign place, but I've learned so much and always look forward to these little "adventures". :) Anyway, I do look forward to swapping more with you in future, and am sending you lots of love and happy thoughts for springtime! xo
Comment: I really enjoyed your lists -- and the nice note you sent along with them! I was just in your state last week (driving from Massachusetts to Montreal, then back down; I recognize the name "Brattleboro" from the flier you used to write one of the lists on!). It's a beautiful area! Thanks for sharing this fun swap! :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely things.my daughter and I will have great fun eating and using the Easter goodies over the next couple of weeks :) I loved how everything was wrapped up - made it even more exciting to go through! Hope you have a lovely Easter break, Miranda xxxx
Response: Has baby come? I enjoyed putting together what I hoped you might like.
Comment: Hi! Thanks so much for the lovely pc! It is snowing again - grrrr! We have also had a crazy winter and I am ready for it to be over! Waterloo is about 6 hours from Chicago, close to St. Louis, Mo - we are almost on the border. Best wishes on your altered journal swaps - the thought scares me! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I aim to please. Weather is improving and snow is receding.
Comment: I was absolutely in love with my swap! Everything in it showed a small piece of me (even things that were not on my profile) which made me smile. I do not know that it is normal to write back to the people from swaps, but I am because I enjoyed it so much. Thank you, Jean!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package and card! I can't wait to try those brownies and cupcakes recipes together with the wonderful tea!! I really like the card with the cat photo on it, and I hope spring comes to you soon! Thank you for considering sending me insects (I laughed so hard when I read they all froze to death..!).
All the best of wishes! <3
Response: Thank you for rating. As for spring, it came for one day. Today, bitterly cold!
Comment: thank you for the tea-riffic assortment; I look forward to trying them all! :) Evien though it's nothing compared to NH, we've also had more than our usual share of cold weather down here in GA, so I sympathize with your plight- wishing for spring to bloom soon! :)
Response: Currently 1 degree. I need my bedtime tea.
Comment: Thanks a lot for your great postcard - I love it!! You seem to be the exact opposite to me as far as weather preferences are concerned :) We didn't get any snow this winter and this week very much feels like spring.
Response: I aim to please. Currently 1 degree. I bought tulips today.
Comment: I loved everything about your swap - the book, the card, the note, the bookmark... I'm definitely ordering a copy of The Monuments Men for my Kindle asap! And yes, I have been to the Plant Museum at The University of Tampa (I think that's the one you were referring to...) I live 10 minutes away from there, it's a beautiful area.
Thanks again for such a lovely swap!
Response: I am glad I could please. I would like to be in Tampa. Here -2 F.
Comment: Hi jean, I really enjoyed your package and reading about you! It's funny because I used to have that same Russian doll keychain, but it broke! So I was so happy when I saw yours! I went to college at Keene State.. I've never been to Ashuelot (I don't think?) but I'm guessing you live very close to Keene :)
Response: Keene State is a fine school. I have been over there a lot. I am glad Russian key chain pleased.
Comment: Thanks so much for the great envie of random goodies! I LOVE the NYC map! Awesome! The stamps are fantastic! Love the PCs...all the quotes are great! Thanks for an awesome swap! Have a wonderful day! :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the NH Map postcard! I don't have one yet so it's absolutely perfect! :D Our weather is definitely on the warm side! haha. I hope your winter isn't too brutal! Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thank you for all the gifts! I received the resent. No signs of the first package you've sent. We had a wonderful Christmas and I enjoyed the holidays:-) I hope you had wonderful holidays too. Happy New Year to you too!
Response: I am glad you like what I sent. Who knows what happened first time I sent. Yes, all has gone well here too for holidays except weather.
Comment: OMGGGGGGGG I totally love the Renoir card >------< so beautiful hehe i just got your mail today so, thank you about the letter and the card (although i can't read your handwriting that much) anyway :D happy new year and hope you get the best out of 2014 !! <3
Response: I am sorry my handwriting is unreadable .l also love Renoir. I shall be more careful with how I write in future.
Comment: Merry Christmas, Betty Jean! Loved the cardinal Christmas card and matching envelope! I enjoyed reading your little note on the separate card with the bright red candy canes on it, too. I know where Darian is and have driven through it several times. Beautiful town. Have a Merry Christmas!
Response: Interesting politics down your way, so my husband was reporting to me. Happy New Year!
Comment: Wow, what a great envelope. I love all the vintage stamps you used. I have tons of vintage stamps but I have not seen any of these before. Also, thanks for the extra cards. I like them all. To answer your question, there are people that live here who gamble on a regular basis. I am not one of them, however, once in awhile, like when I have out of town company I might gamble a little bit. Merry Christmas to you.
Response: Thank you for response. Merry, Merry Christmas!
Comment: I love it!!! Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.--some of my Mom's favorite singers. Actually my Dad in his younger years looked like Dean Martin. (I don't think he could sing though).
Response: They were talented guys! Hear your mother.
Comment: Thank you, Jean! I loved reading your note on the inside of the card - you filled it up! Thank you also for the cupcake blank notecard/envie you enclosed, and I LOVED how you used lots of vintage postage stamps, Christmas ones included! on the outside of the envelope. Thank you for a wonderful piece of mail! Have a Merry Christmas!
Comment: Oh there were SO many cool things about this!!! The old vintage stamps on the envelope were a treat in itself!! How old are they? I loved them! Then the dish towel with the angel was so pretty and the cookie recipe? I doubt they'd last long enough to make it to a Christmas Party as you suggested. I can't wait to bake them! Loved everything about your gift! Thank you so very much!!!
Comment: Thank you very much for your card and for telling me about your Christmas! We've put up the first few decorations in the windows already but haven't picked up our tree yet. Thank you also for the variety fo stamps!
Comment: Hi Betty Jean I received my parcel yesterday and what a surprise. I really liked the postcard - I have never seen one so small. I liked the card - it is so nice to buy cards that also make a donation to a worthy cause. The little tag you made is really cute - I love to receive other people's art. Hope we swap again sometime. Pat
Comment: Good job picking a boring card. The road looks like great fun to ride on, but not fun to look at from above. Boring! Yes, my major is interesting, and no there are NO jobs in my field. That's why I'm unemployed! :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards plus the extras! I love the postage stamps & stickers you included! You have a wonderful autumn as well! This is my favorite season! Thank you again for the very nice swap! :o)
Comment: Thank you for the cards. I especially like the black and white one & Frida's self portrait. But I couldn't believe the mice floating away on the balloon because I got an earlier edition of that very same card from a friend many, MANY decades ago! I will send her this one and see if she remembers!
Comment: THANK YOU! â™¥ I loved what you sent me, especially the little sheep. :) So precious, especially as it came from England. I love the cards too. My husbands family (Lancaster) is from England, so it really was special. Beautiful recipe box...and scarf! Thank you so so much.
Wow and you even sent another lovely card, and old newspaper separate?? It is very much appreciated!!
Response: I am glad my little sheep has gone to someone with a special love for such a breed of animals. My ancestry is English and I love to visit the country.
Comment: Hello Jean,
Thank you for the 5 postcards you sent me for this swap. I appreciate you reading my profile and for sending 2 of the map postcards I needed. The other 3 postcards you sent were nice postcards and will be a good addition to my postcard collection.
Comment: oh my gosh...I LOVE this postcard!. thanks so much. I have visited almost every state but have yet to be in your area. one day I hope to be one of those tourists! happy birthday...this is my birthday month too!
Comment: Thank you very much for the beautiful postcard! I have been to Brattleboro several years ago and absolutely loved it, was up there for the music festival. I really enjoyed your message as well!
Comment: Hello again Jean:-) Thank you for sharing the word translations on the pc an the neat stamps that you used to mail it. I really enjoyed reading about your dinner:-) Neat night time pic of the church too. Happy-Happy-Happy, ellie
Comment: WOW! Really the temp has dropped already??? I know when my boys go back to school the weather seems to be cool at night here, I have a friend Christine Damn (artist) who lives in Vermont she tells me of the weather there. Brrrrrr! I don't cold!! I love hot summers! LOL! Thanks for the beautiful postcard from Florida, I have never seen this one! Awesome! Hugs, Dawn
Comment: Hello Betty Jean, I so enjoyed receiving and reading your wonderful Turkey PC. I loved reading all about your travels. I lived in Turkey when I was 4-5 yrs. old. Dad was stationed in the Air Force there. It was a beautiful country. Would love to return now.
May I also say a great big Swapbot Welcome too. If I can be of any help please do not hesitate to pm me. I was brand new once myself and would welcome the opportunity to pay that forward.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Response: You were too young to have delicious Turkish coffee. Thanks for your rating.
Comment: Hi Jean. I got your card today and I'm sorry I didn't answer your earlier messages about whether to send the card written on or not. I recently got some bad medical news and have been preoccupied with that. Anyway, you guessed right - I like my cards written on. Thanks!
Comment: Thanks very much for the lovely parcel. Considering you say you're not crafty, the crown is brill. I've never seen the UK stickers before. They're lovely, and my favourite colour yellow, so the teabag holder has found a place next to my yellow kettle. Thank-you. I'm optimistic my sight will return. It's been 10 months, so I'm keeping everything crossed :)
Comment: Love the cards and gift tags, but I especially loved your letter. It was great to hear about your cat. Mine is fond of potato chips and ice cream, but she seldom gets any. The pugs do get skin problems, but one of the problems they have is because their eyes are so shallow, they can easily lose an eye. Who would have thought? Thanks again.
Comment: Thanks for your card and your many haiku! I understand about writing many more. It's kind of hard to stop once you get started! Nice that you get to spend part of the year in San Juan. When I lived on St Thomas I used to fly over on the seaplane when I'd get rock fever. And once I stowed away on a cruise ship between the islands -- well sort of. My boyfriend at the time was a Norwegian crewmember & he smuggled me into his cabin. The captain knew I was there but turned a blind eye! Enjoy a wonderful summer.
Comment: You were able to write a lot on a tiny card, I like that! Hope you get rid of the Vole or whatever in your yard, they can be a real pain. I have heard putting "balls" of cat pee and litter down their holes will get rid of them, they hate cats.
Comment: Thanks so much for the postcards! I also loved the kitten notecard. Too cool on having three senior cats at once. One was deaf huh? Wow. My roommate's 20 year old cat (who had to be put down eventually) became blind and it made it harder for us but not her. :) It was in the 90's all week here but yesterday and today it was only about 86-88. I will give my kitty a special hug for you. :)
Comment: Thanks for the postcard :) It's nice to hear from who knows what is going on in Turkey! I am concern right now, too. But I hope that everything will be better :) Have a nice summer! And I'm glad for you like our cooks :D
Comment: Hello Jean ! Wauw thank You for the tea ! It was very Nice to Come Home and round your enveloppe with the tea ! And They are al New for me ! The ice tea is already in the fridge ! Thank You again !
Comment: Hey Jean. Thank you for sharing a wonderful postcard with me. That's so awesome that you're a retired psych nurse! I actually did my under graduate work in psychology and sociology and masters in psychology but had a change in heart. I feel like it was more rewarding working as a nurse so I'm completing the steps to get there. It is a hard road but I wont give up until I get there :) Hopefully you get to visit SF soon. My boyfriend lives there and I go there quite often, the weather has been amazing. I love it. Take care and have a great weekend!
Response: I have a BS in Psych but not masters. I loved teaching which I did for a few years. My daughter started out in nursing and now has switched to masters in social work. I said it is not profitable and can be a burnout. She pursues.
Comment: Hello Jean, Received your swap today..Thank you so very much for the wonderful selection of postcards a very interesting set of postcards..I have now understood why you decided to pm me, and mow you know what I like to receive in the mailbox!!!!! Have a good evening, anita
Comment: Thanks a lot for the tea - I can't wait to try the iced tea on a hot day! I also loved your nice cards :) Yes, I suppose that coffee is more popular in Germany in general but in the northwest of the country (in East Frisia) black tea is the "national" drink. I always have to smile when people tell me how hard-working Germans are as I'm not sure this is correct. We do get a lot of (paid) vacation time and we have lots of public holidays throughout the year when we don't have to work :) But nice to read that you like my country! I've been to New Hampshire once and loved it - and I certainly wouldn't mind the snow :)