Swap-bot Time: January 25, 2020 8:45 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: January 24, 2020
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated NOV 11, 2019

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I am thrilled if someone posts fun images to my profile. Despite the explanation from others, I can not do this with my computer.

I will have been married 32 years, as of, Jan 2020. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. I have two adult, former foster kids still living with me, age 20 and 31. The older one is in need of a kidney transplant, so he needed to move back in Oct of 2019. We are hoping the 20 year old can get it together and move out.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer. He successfully has made it past the 1 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 3 dogs and 3 cats, 1 kitten, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do like to swap tea. I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

If you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


Jenicat rated for Penguin Awareness Day ATC on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the adorable penguin ATC. I love it πŸ’œ
chimerix rated for AAA: Clear the Stash on Jan 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the interesting cards and sharing the challenge ideas that helped create them. Aloha
vlhafer54 rated for Puffy sticker starter sets on Jan 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute turtles!
Eclectonote rated for Book Themed POSTCARD on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: This is a great postcard, love it. Snows sometimes around here but not enough to shovel.
Comment: Hi Heather, Thank you for the lovely upcycled card and our note on the back.
MissAlissa rated for Christmas year round UPcycled PC on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Heather! Sounds like celebrating Christmas in AZ would be much different than in MN! Love it! Happy swapping.
Comment: Thank you, no snow here either. It doesn't get very cold here but I am the wimp that turns on the heat.
myancey rated for Christmas year round UPcycled PC on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Love this one!!!! Thanks bunches
Mimi7 rated for Puffy sticker starter sets on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the jams to work on and the postcards. :) Thanks for hosting this swap!!
Coffeeegal rated for ATC Join me in a cup of coffee on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you not thought of using coffee sleeves that way Post card. Mailed tomorrow
jessnewson98 rated for BLC: November Reads 2019 on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Heather! Thanks a bunch for your email! I did really like reading it! May 2020 be an amazing reading year for you ^_^
jessnewson98 rated for A Year in Review on Jan 10, 2020
Comment: Oh my gosh, thank you so much for your email! I really enjoyed reading it! We don't currently have fines at one of the libraries I go to either (but if you don't return the overdue book within a two week period you can't reserve books, read books online or borrow until its returned). I hope you have a lovely 2020!
Comment: πŸ†ƒπŸ…·πŸ…°πŸ…½πŸ…Ί πŸ†ˆπŸ…ΎπŸ†„ for the beautiful Catmas card. Too cute! (=^ά«^=)∫
thebragal rated for AaA Fairy house INT on Jan 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you
hollycm6 rated for upcycled literary letterset on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: I'm not sure how this didn't get rated? You sent it plenty early! Anyway I love it!! Thanks for the extra stamped holly bits as well! And holly postage???!!! Cooooool!!!!THANK YOU!
HappyMom rated for Join me in a cup of coffee on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing a cup of coffee with me - love the mugs!
Allylu rated for A Year in Review on Jan 7, 2020
Comment: Sounds like you get a lot of media from your library - good job! I love listening to audiobooks and getting them free from the library makes it even better!
Comment: Lots of lovely goodies thank you! The reptile postcards were really interesting and I loved your ATC!
chelle523 rated for A Year in Review on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a great e-mail! I"m definitely adding some of those books to my to-read list! :)
colleenbUSA rated for A Year in Review on Jan 5, 2020
Comment: Libraries are the best!

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purple24 on Jan 25, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful postcards and notecards. β€” AWG Jan WL

orneryswife on Jan 21, 2020:

Thank you for all the funnies! We both laughed aloud on several of them! AWG January.

Ukucaitie on Dec 30, 2019:

Thank you so much for the book pages and images RAK! Fun to look through and found lots of treasures :)

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

Hugs Pam

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

glennasgarden on Dec 22, 2019:

Thanks so much for the RAK Christmas books! Merry Christmas!

AZmom875 on Dec 16, 2019:

Lonestarchild on Dec 12, 2019:

Race Car Experience?? That sounds so fun! I love "experience" gifts -- far better in my opinion than a "thing". Thank you! Dec AWG

hollycm6 on Dec 11, 2019:

Thank you for volunteering to be my diet buddy in 2020, and for the card with awg dec wishes inside!!!!

Fritosmom on Dec 7, 2019:

Received your email on Bible Study-Heaven. Thank you for sharing. I have emailed my answers to you. Merry Christmas & God Bless

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