Swap-bot Time: July 18, 2018 5:04 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: July 18, 2018
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated July 5, 2018

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

7/5/18. Amazing news from my husbands last bone marrow biopsy. Before, Jak2 mutations, several Chromosomal mutation, and extreme Fibrosis in his marrow. Today. Jak 2 is negative. He has absolutely NO DNA chromosomal Mutations, and his fibrosis is 0 to 1, which is normal. The stem cell transplant has worked and is creating new blood, new marrow and fixing mutations. Rejoice with us.

Update 4/20/18 My husband came home from the hospital Friday the 13th (April). He calls it his released into the wild day. He is very restricted on what he can eat, do, or where he can go. His Day 100 will be the 4th of July, and he might get off some of the restrictions. He is basically trying to avoid any infections. I now will be home watching him, as required to monitor his for Graft vs host disease, which is basically rejection of his transplant. We go to the Bone Marrow Transplant clinic twice a week for IVs and blood tests and the like. We are watching the Diamondbacks on TV. He is pretty bored. I am pretty busy, cooking, cleaning, dealing with medical stuff. I still have plenty of time for my swaps. yeah!

Update 3/10/18 My husband goes into the hospital March 16th, starting chemo, His Stem cell transplant day zero is March 22nd. He will be in an isolation ward for 3 to 6 weeks.

Update 12/20/17, they found a stem cell match, for my husband!! a 28 year old male outside of the USA who is willing to donate. They keep putting off the transplant date. Now we are scheduled for March, when we should be starting chemo to destroy my husbands bone marrow and begin the stem cell transplant.

9/29/17 My husband Paul, is battling Bone Marrow Cancer. He is working towards a stem cell transplant. His chances of survival are good.

I will have been married 30, Jan 2018 years, 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.

We have both 2 calico cats and 4 dogs. Sure they like treats. But then again I can go buy them some too. Tess, the blue healer likes stuffed animals. She wont share with the other dogs. Sadie, and ShyAnne aka Cheyenne, also love stuffies, but Tess is very possessive.

How I got 4 dogs, when I swore I was not a dog person, is very hard to explain. The oldest dog Sadie is 11 and at the request of a friend we took in her unwanted dog 2007. Then I needed Princess, in Aug of 2015 (humane society), then Shyanne, needed me in OCT of 2016, and this year FEB 2017 Tess needed us. So four dogs. And they are all so lovely and sweet. We are family. The last two dogs have some real issues with anxiety. It does make you wonder what happened to them before they came to me. As of 2018 the two dogs with anxiety issues are buddies and really have calmed down. I am so glad my son brought Tess home, as she is a darling dog who was not being appreciated for her true beautiful self at her other home.

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. We presently have 3 kids who are all adults, living with us. My oldest son moved to California with his wife in May of 2017. My daughter, that is going to college in Tuscon will be studying endophytes in Paris for the rest of 2017, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 4 kids in college right now, and no we are not paying their way. We will put a roof over their head while they are in college as long as they can follow a few simple rules. As IF! Two of my girls should graduate in May of 2018. One will be a teacher and the other will study endophytes in a lab or something close to that.
An endophyte is an endosymbiont, often a bacterium or fungus, that lives within a plant for at least part of its life cycle without causing apparent disease. Yes, I had no idea either.

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.

Things we leave behind.

Sometimes in life, we take a deeper look and try to decide what would we leave behind if we were to die? What brings me joy while I am alive? After doing some reflection due to having life's big events shoved in my face, I have decided I want to leave behind more quilts for my family and less paper items that might not mean so much to them. I rightly suspect that when I die they might toss all my ATCs and postcards, as they have no meaning to them. My ATCs do bring me joy while I am alive, and some postcards also do. But my future will be focusing creating some quilts to leave behind. No, I am not dying. Well, we are all going to die someday, but I should be fine for another 20 years or so.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards:
I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, John Cusack, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, zebras, 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: Geigo Gecko, 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 host swaps once a month for one bizarre holiday in the group ALL ABOUT ATC. See my profile for the group.

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.

Dislikes/ No JOY

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.

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 Azmom875 there too.

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 swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com 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.


Comment: I finally got this swap ... WHEW! I am glad to be back in Indiana too... I was all caught up om ratings:>
Response: I am glad you are willing to rerate. I am glad you are back in Indiana, and I can wait til you catch up your ratings. You will find this resend inside your atc bag, I mailed home to you.
Comment: Thanks so much for your review and thanks for joining!
Eclectonote rated for C&C Summer Fun Mail on Jul 14, 2018
Comment: What a terrific swap! Yep, a tote bag is a welcome accessory hereabouts in California, and I love the old school record player design. The postcards will be sent out to special recipients, especially the civil rights ones. Thanks also for the bookmarks, transit tickets, and stamps. Truly a Great Mail Day.
Response: I am so glad you like it. I wanted it to be something you would use.
DRMOM rated for CALG: Summer Tea and Happy Note on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the tea and note. That is one of my favorite teas. Thanks for the goodies. Happy swapping.
toni rated for BL: Butterfly Notecard - US on Jul 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: You ate the popcorn!!!!!!!!!!!!! No way! lol This is a cool first. I've never rcvd a DVD rental before. lol Neat! Although, I think I need a code that was in "that box". lol Your greeting card is so cute but I still want to point out it did not come with popcorn. Juss saying. lol How about that library "card" on the sticky back? I've never seen that before. Did you do that? HOw neat. Was that "hello' & "kitty" die cut meaning HELLO KITTY? Youre very cleaver, gurlfriend!
Response: I am so glad I could rock your world. No you got the code on the back of the card board, and hey go buy some popcorn. Hey next I will send some popcorn, but really those additives are not good for you so think of all the calories I saved you. I thought I was clever and that you would love it. Have a super cattalicious day.
Comment: Thank you so much, I love it all!
mcovey rated for Join 7/5, Send PC 7/6~US Only on Jul 9, 2018
Comment: Our children went to camps 4-H and a couple University camps Thanks for the nice Az card and note ! Went there about 15- 20 years ago on our way to Grand Canyon beautiful place !
Comment: Thanks for hosting this swap-it's a fun idea! The little puppy is so cute in his elegant doghouse! And the die cut one is really cute too-thanks for sharing the lickety strips-they will be fun to use. Thanks for sharing!
Comment: Thank you for the doghouses, Heather. I've never heard of 'Lickity Strips' - I'm intrigued and will definitely give them a try. Happy Swapping!
Comment: Cute stores! This is such fun! A great idea for your swaps. Thank you for the unusual paper, too. Can’t wait to try it.
Comment: .Thanks for the great little stores. They are so cute.
Comment: Cute. Love them.
Sparkleandshine rated for ATC Cleanout #7 (USA) on Jun 30, 2018
Psychopomp rated for DD: Dog Postcard on Jun 29, 2018
Comment: I love this little corgi postcard-Thank you!
Response: I am so glad it arrived. I paid extra to hand cancel to protect the bow. I hope it arrived in great shape.
Comment: got my mail today thanks
Response: So glad it arrived. I hope you make someting beautiful with the items.
FairyCrafter rated for A.I. ATC - Summertime Vacation? on Jun 28, 2018
Comment: Sorry to take so long. I did like your ATC! Nice work.
Jjean rated for Reading Challenge 2018-June on Jun 23, 2018
Comment: Wow, your books sound interesting - may check out - thank you for sharing.
laterdayze rated for Exquisite Corpse June 2018 on Jun 22, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the swap and for the ATC backgrounds! I'm sure I can use them to make something awesome :D

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Lonestarchild on Jul 6, 2018:

How fun is this!! Cool kitchen stuff for my new house AND my favorite ocean colors! Thank you so much. Very sweet! July AWG

DragonflyDaisy on Jun 28, 2018:

Hi Heather!

Just wanted to let you know your butterfly quote ATC is on its way! But I also loved this quote that I didn't use and I wanted to share it with you.

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.

But she had wings.

~Dean Jackson

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 16, 2018:

thinking of you

bjmonroe on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you for the April wishes

mariamichelle on Apr 7, 2018:

Thanks again for all the address pens. I love all pens so I figured with what I had I'd start a collection. It's fun and you made a great contribution.

ReadMoreBooks33 on Mar 16, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard and book recommendations!


P.S. A jackalope - awesome!!

CurlyTea on Mar 15, 2018:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Mar 15, 2018:


What a fun package for March AWG!! Thank you so much! Spanish, and wax melts, and groundhogs, oh my! Sending a PM :) You totally made my day!

Poohtat on Mar 15, 2018:

CurlyTea on Mar 6, 2018:

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