Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2018 5:35 am


Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: April 23, 2018
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

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03302018 My DH went out to Amook to open the house up so we can move back there soon. He had 20,000 pictures on the trail cameras, but only saved 175 of them. It sure is fun to watch the foxes and deer hang out, while we are not there. The storms of the winter, took out the first 4 feet of the stairs, we build of rocks, cooling racks and chain-link fencing. Every year we build it, and every year we have to repair it. The ocean is so strong, it lifts 100# rocks, and carries them 100s of feet down the beach. Sometimes we never find the rocks that we used. He saw whales, deer and foxes while he was there. Soon!!!

02132018 NO Purple Please!!!

01222018 Earthquake!!! It was an 8 pointer. I was reading, in my hotel room in Kodiak, at 12:30 am (We were in town for the Leadership Forum) when the earth started shaking. I wasn't concerned, at first, because it just sounded and felt like a big truck going by, and we have big earthmovers on the island. But...then it kept shaking on and on and on, and the Tsunami Alarms started claxtonning. so I woke up my DH, who had slept through the whole thing, and we accessed the net, found where the epicenter was and listened to updates. There was a report of a 32 foot wave, on its way to Kodiak, that would hit at 0145. We were evacuated to our car, after being told to pack everything up, and directed to drive above 100 feet to the Library parking lot. We stayed there, in the rental car, listening to the radio, until 0400, when the Tsunami Warning was decreased to an Advisory. We were also in contact with our village, thru cell phone, with a friend, ready to go get Dusty and Blue Fish, if needed.

This turned out to be a non-event, but was a great exercise and training to get ready for the next big one, which may not be. Kodiak had been completely devastated by the '64 Earthquake and there were lots of people who still remembered that one, at the Forum. Almost all of our first morning, was spent debriefing and discussing alternative ways of communicating and getting information. We were lucky, in that there was no cell phone disruption and we could use the internet, though many of the internet sites were quickly over whelmed. Most people have become so dependent on cell phones that they have put away their marine and ham radios, which do work, in case of emergencies. Something for you, in the Lower 48, to think about. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

12212017 Today was the shortest day of the year, with 6 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. Winter Solstice means more to Alaskan's than those in the Lower 48, because from now on, the days will get longer, first by seconds, then by minutes, until the longest day of Summer Solstice. No snow for us, except on the high mountains. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

10312017 What we thought was 1 bear breaking into places turned into 5. One has been destroyed, caught in the act of breaking into a house. The others have been caught on film. Most people in the village are leaving all their lights on at night, using Critter Getter sensors, that make a high pitched modulated squeal, and putting nailed boards in front of their doors. The door, that the bear broke out of our boat house will cost $1,000 by the time we purchase the door, get it shipped here and get it installed. We were "lucky" in that we only lost one door and not all of our food out of our freezers. Some places have had multiple "visits" with entire kitchens and pantries destroyed, living room and bedroom furniture destroyed, entire walls taken out, greenhouses destroyed. Any replacement items have to come by plane or boat, and shipping is 73 cents per pound. That's if you can find the items to get them here. All of this because of the irresponsibility of a few people wanting to get pictures of the bears. Now they have to be destroyed as they cannot unlearn these bad habits. A fed bear is a dead bear.

10162017 A bear broke into our boat shop last night, while we were still on Amook. It broke the back door frame, twisted the steel door, opened our freezers and took about $500 worth of food: taco wraps, hamburger patties, salmon, cheese, hot dogs, and all our Halloween candy. It ate half of it in the shop and took half into the neighbor's back yard to eat. (we found more wrappers) This same bear also broke into a bunch of other places, so far. That's what happens when the cannery and lodges feed the bears. They get habituated to human food and start breaking into places to get it when the lodges and cannery close down for the season.

09252017 32 degrees F today. Winter is on it's way. Whales are still here.

09022017 We are back in Larsen Bay for a few days due to a coming storm. It's better to have our boat in our slip, in the harbor, rather than on a running line in 50K+ winds. We haven't really had a summer here; temps have been around 50 degrees F, with only a couple of sunny days. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

0652017My DH had a successful cataract surgery. Looking forward to returning home, after his last appointment tomorrow. 2 flights and a boat ride.

No Purple Please.

04012017 Put the landing craft back in the water and into the harbor. It was 48 degrees F today so spring is here. Soon we will be back out on Amook Island for the Spring, Summer and Fall. We have had 50 deer, we have counted here in the village, over the winter, and about that many eagles. With the warmer temps, came rain and fog. Badly needed here as we have had no precipitation for a month and temps hovering around 18 degrees F for the same amount of time. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

120516 YAY!!! 2000 Five ratings reached today!

102616 We are officially back in our winter house, in Larsen Bay, after closing the house on Amook Island, until next spring. The whales, sea otters, deer and foxes as well as the eagles and sea birds have been so entertaining, this year! Winter storms are here! Already 5-10 inches of snow, high winds and seas, dark clouds and fog. Great times to stay inside and create! Also volunteering, at the school, having the kids read aloud to me. Hugs from Alaska!

080316 Taking the oxygen concentrators back to Kodiak City tomorrow! Yay! Never take any breath for granted. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes! I know they made a difference!

052216 Thank you for all the well wishes! I am still on oxygen at night, (my oxygen goes down to 80%) but am gaining more energy every day. Had a Sleep Study done. More results in 2 weeks. Hugs from Alaska.

042416 Home after a week in the hospital with pneumonia. Had to come home on oxygen. Trying to wean myself off the oxygen. No energy, but swapping takes my mind off that. Hugs from Alaska.

012416 We just had 2 earthquakes, one almost on top of the other, a 6.5 and a 7.1. I live about 216 miles south and west of the epicenter, and they shook the house and made my lamps and mobiles swing. Nothing fell off the walls. Up in Kasilof, there are huge cracks in the road, with parts of it raised high enough to be able to slide down. They lost at least three houses to gas line fires. My Dusty kitty hid out for an hour, and my DH slept right through it.

011616 All of our snow has gone away, though we are getting winds of 40k and seas that are 18 feet high. Hope everyone is having a safe and creative new year!

120915 We were visited by Santa and his elves today, via 2 US Coast Guard helicopters. They brought gifts and holiday foods. Our children, then, put on a Christmas Program for them, the pilots and engineers. It was a beautiful, glorious, severe clear day!

102515We are officially in LB for the winter now. We have to go out and pull the running line and see what damage this last storm did (if any), but we will be mostly in LB. We have been monitoring scrap metal removal, (almost 3 million pounds so far), watching out for teenage bratty bears, (there are twins, breaking into buildings, in the village) and getting ready for winter.

06152014 My DH and I spend most of our summer and fall out on Amook Island and come into the village about once a week to check messages, get our mail, do laundry, etc,, weather permitting. I check SB and rate all the mail, I receive, on those days, as well. Please do not think that I am ignoring any messages/swaps/rating. I treasure each one I receive. Hugs from Alaska.

04092014 Home from Anchorage!!! Yay!!! Denali Vena Cava Filter removed. Hugs from Alaska.

Please...if you have any unexplained swelling on one side, any type of heavy (like a period) clear discharge from your vagina, or something doesn't "feel" right, get it checked further than a PAP smear. PAP smears do not find ovarian or uterine cancers! I was "lucky" that I had a blood clot, that after further tests, lead them to diagnose before it was too late. Don't wait. You are important!

09122013 My son is safely home from Afghanistan! Thank you Lord!

06292013 I'm home from my Lower 48 trip: Tomorrow,(4-1-13) I am beginning a long journey around the Lower 48 States. I am taking the ferry, down through the Inside Passage, to WA, (Here on 4-12-13) going from there to Idaho (4-14-13), down thru UT (4-16-13) to AZ and the Grand Canyon (4-20-13). Then I am heading east thru TX (4-23-13), into LA, thru AL to FL (4-25-13) to see my sister, After that, I will be driving up the East Coast, thru the New England States, to ME to see my uncle (5-5-13), Then, I will be heading west, and driving around the Great Lakes (with a side trip to MO to see my Nephew 5-11-13) to WI,(5-13-13) to see my other brother, Then it's thru MN to South Dakota (5-18-13) to see my Pa and his wife, north to Canada (MB 5-22-13, BC 5-24-13, YT 5-28-13) and back to Alaska (Tok, AK 5-31-13) over the ALCAN. Will get home on the 29th of Jun, weather permitting. 36 USA states, 5 Canadian Provinces and 17,000 miles, and my trip is completed! Happy Swapping!!!

NO purple please!!! Think of this as a severe allergy! It's weird, I know, but that's how it is.

I am a retired Occupational Therapist, living with my husband, David, on a remote Kodiak island, called Amook Island. The nearest village, Larsen Bay, is 4 miles across Uyak Bay. That is where we pick up our mail, fuel and have our winter house. We generate our own electricity, and use a composting toilet, but all our other appliances are the same electric and gas types as elsewhere. Our lives are ruled by the weather and the tides. We have whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, otters, sea birds, eagles, ravens, magpies and song birds, as well as fox, deer, Kodiak bear, ermine and all the sea life to watch. It is absolutely beautiful here!

Favorite Crafts

I do almost everything, craftwise except make baskets. As an Occupational Therapist, I used crafts and art to help people who had been injured or had some other life changing event, regain function and become as independent as possible. I used the modalities of leather craft, stained glass, weaving, paper arts, painting, woodworking, ceramics, metals and jewelry making, polyclays, etc. I continue to keep those skills up now for my enjoyment and to share with others. I love to learn new skills. I love mini-zine swaps!. I also learned how to do Ravenstail Weaving (deceptively looks simple to do). I love mail art!

Likes and Dislikes

I LOVE Yellow and Blue to Blue Green (teal blue) as my favorite colors.

Vintage and antiqued items.

Small printed papers, rather than large ones

Doilies, crocheted and paper

Art nouveau and art deco, think of Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. . Birds, the ocean (and all the creatures that live in it) and dragonflies are favorite subjects.

I love lemon anything, and yellow/white daffodils.

Mail art that is thought provoking and intriging to look at with textures.

Interested in all kinds of lands, peoples and cultures.

Natural Sciences: Biology, Botany, Geology, Herbology, Meteorology etc.

POSTCARDS: I love all of the above subjects. I have an album going of ALL kinds of birds, (ravens and birds of prey are favorites). I love foxes, muskox, wolves, old decrepit buildings and outhouses too. I appreciate every single PC that I receive!


I DESPISE Purple!!!

If you want a heart, from me, please do not make anything, send it in, or enclose anything with that color within the packages or envies, or postcards that you send. That includes writing on PC with purple ink.

That being said, I am thrilled that there are other people who DO enjoy purple as I can pass purple papers and pens, etc., that come in sets, on to them :)

It has been brought to my attention that people are feeling "intimidated" by my request for no purple and are "afraid that you will mark them a 3 on a sender's choice swap." I have only rated one 3 and that was because that person sent a swap that was not within the parameters set by the swap, and did not reply to any messages, until after I rated a 3. I have only rated ones to those people who flake. As it states above, I will just not give a heart for swaps that have purple on them, they will be rated a 5 if they fufill the requirements of the swap.

vulgar language or gratuitious nudity.

political subjects or running down any country.

cutsie or childish, including stickers with childish themes

apes and monkeys

Favorite Music

Pretty eclectic in this area. It all depends on my mood. Only things I dislike are head banger/ violent music and rap.

Favorite Authors

Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell Series by Dana Stabenow, Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper, Marjorie Liu, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Briggs, Margaret Coel, Sue Grafton, Susan Henry, Mercedes Lackey...for fun. I have read all of John Sandford, and Toni Hillerman and am working on Kendra Elliot's Bone Secrets series. I like urban legend anthologies too. I read about ancient cultures from Egypt to Herculanium, to the Mayas and Incas, etc. I am book poor...all my money is spent on books. I have a Kindle Fire now, and Kindle unlimited on Amazon. I read a book every day or 2 so this saves me tons of money and storage!

Favorite Television

We do not have a TV. I catch these shows when we go into town. Project Runway and All Stars, Bones, CSI, Mystery on PBS, Crafting in America, Home and Garden TV, Discovery and Animal Planet

Flaking and other Stuff

If I sign up for a Swap, I will be sending out the item(s). If you do not receive something from me, please email me, and I will rectify that. That being said, also please be patient, as I do live in a remote place and sometimes we do not get mail for 2-3 weeks. I will also rate my partners, usually on the same day I receive the item(s). Thank you in advance for not flaking. Hugs from Alaska.

State Card Map PCs

I now have one of every State Map Card! Thank you so much for helping me reach this small goal!

I know Alaska has, at least, 4 state maps cards, so I would not mind getting more than one from each state. If you would be willing to, I would like you to PM me to make sure you are not sending me a duplicate. Thanks in Advance.

NOTE: I have found, through swapping, that I absolutely LOVE those PCs that have the terribly old and neglected buildings on them that say "Retirement Home, only needs a little work," or "This can be yours for $999,999.00" I would love to have one from each state! I currently have one from California, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Oregon, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Montana, and Wyoming. Thanks!

Oh, Oh...now I have a new LOVE, thanks to Heather!!! Outhouse PC!!! She sent me a blue one with a smiley face on it. :) I have one from: Alaska, Texas, South Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky!!!. Thanks.

Angels: Thank you so much!

@Lucine @Merimax @Thelittledreamcatcher @MichelleWillow @VLD


Comment: ♥ Love my little flip book and all its glorious extras. I have never made a Zine before but yours is the second I have gotten in 2 days. Maybe it is a sign. Thanks for everything and all the greens.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I hope you make yourself a square foot garden! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry.
CurlyTea rated for Junker Jane Style Doll on Apr 23, 2018
Comment: I love starfish. The fabric you used is perfect. I love the little trinkets that you added. Thank you so much.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! This one was so fun to make! Glad it arrived so quickly! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry.
mjhaertling rated for Scavenger Hunt PC-APR on Apr 21, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. These scavenger hunt cards are some of my favorites. Everytime I get a card from you I find myself wishing for another trip up there.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. That yearning can only be quenched by coming back up here. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry.
TrishaLSmith rated for WPS - Flower Postcard #2 on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard from Alaska! Happy swapping!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
2bneat rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #5 on Apr 19, 2018
Comment: What a great piece of mail to receive. I loved all the stamps on the envelope, the note, the bird vine and the extra stamps inside. Thank you.♥
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I'm so glad that you are enjoying it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Macw1975 rated for AN What Makes You Smile? on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: Best postcard ever!!! I love otters. I've actually been holding onto one of the same postcards that I got blank in another swap. Now I can send that one off since I've gotten one written & stamped!! I hope to visit Alaska one day... Thanks again!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. The mammas and babies are so fun to watch and listen to. I hope you can come to Alaska to see them for yourself. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
elflady rated for Intl: Here Comes the Sun-March on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Love this sun postcard . What a great creative piece. Well done and thanks a lot. Warm regards elflady
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words. You are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you dearest Sherry. Always a pleasure to swap with you !!! I hope the meeting re the school went ok? It would be such a shame if it closed .... From a cool rainy Johannesburg - lots of love xx
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! We were told that the school will definitely be closing for the next year. Parents have only enrolled 7 children and we need to have 10. It doesn't mean the school will never be open again, but it makes it much harder to attract families here! Keep praying for us! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
GinaVisione rated for WPS - Spring Postcard #4 on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Aw, cygnets are the cutest!! Thanks for the great PC and hoping you see some baby animals soon!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! No babies yet, except for 6 chicks, hatched at school. They are so darned cute! Peep, peep, peep! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
bearnbabs rated for AAAMA~ Postcard Spring on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: What wonderful daffodils watercolor. Thank you for a wonderful painting.Have a great day. bearnbabs
Response: Thanks for the heart and your kind words! Daffodils are the harbingers of Spring! We have pussy willows so far. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Thank you so much for your cards! We are also enjoying sunny and little bit warmer weather now, it feels so lovely after a long and cold winter! We still have snow, but not much anymore. Spring is almost here!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Yay! Spring! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
JadeFan rated for CHWH: Heart Warming PC on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Husky postcard!
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Angie rated for HMPC: Profile Postcard #2 on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the very nice card! Great painting! XO
Response: Thanks for the heart and your kind words! You are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: thank you!
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
luluvision rated for MA: Pink and Grey Postcard on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: What a beautiful postcard you created for me! I'm keeping that one on my desk for when I need a calming moment! Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I'm glad that you like it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
roska1vila rated for CHWH..Seeds -Tea-Letter on Apr 6, 2018
Comment: Sherry, thanks for wunderful letter, I am very happy. Wild flowers, which you sent to me I am already collected in our nearby mountain-Kočevski Rog, and had for tea, since it is a medicinal plant. I will be very happy if I manage to grow from your seeds, because I brought a plant with roots and it is did not stay. Thank you from the heart. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! I hope that the seeds grow for you! You are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
jukejan rated for March Flowers on Apr 5, 2018
Comment: Your envie and drawing of the daffodils are brilliant! Thanks for the stickers, that was a great surprise and the way you made your swap card is terrific. Always a great mail day from you! Hugs PS the temp in Juno was warmer than here on the news!
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words. It was a pleasure to make these for you! Temps here are almost always more moderate than other places. Hope we have a summer this year. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
GinaVisione rated for Yellow and White Mail Art on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: WOW - thanks for ALL the Yellow and White beauties I received today!! (haha - you'll see one from me soon for another swap :D)
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I just sent another out to you! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: I like the tangles you picked, they go so well with what was there.I'm looking forward to working on this one.
Response: Thanks for the heart and your kind words! These are so fun! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: LOVe this! Thank you so much!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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PrairieKittin on Apr 10, 2018:

Thank you for participating in the Tangle & Pass With a Twist Swap.

BigBangMomma on Mar 27, 2018:

Hello from a fellow Alaskan! While I now live in rural Ohio, I was born and raised in Anchorage. I miss Alaska terribly! It is always so nice to come across fellow Alaskans. I saw your post in the frustrations thread about schools closing due to low enrollment. That makes me very sad. I hope your school can keep enrollment high enough to keep it open. Best wishes for you.

PrairieKittin on Mar 25, 2018:

Tangle and Pass
Thank you for participating in Tangle and Pass With a Twist!

PrairieKittin on Mar 25, 2018:

Thank you for participating in this Tangle and Paste with a Twist!
Another Tangle and Paste with a Twist

PrairieKittin on Mar 23, 2018:


Thank you for participating in the Tangle and Pass With a Twist swap!

Artistic on Mar 10, 2018:

Thank you so much for the homer tangle and pass postcard. Lovely work by all and I so enjoyed the see through mailer. Thanks again!

jjhere on Feb 25, 2018:

Wow! Your earthquake/evacuation experience sounds hairy. Glad all is well!

LizzyJo on Feb 10, 2018:

After sending 4 swaps to you, it's now your turn to send to me. Yay!!!!

NaomiRisa on Jan 3, 2018:

interesting profile

ContraryHousewife on Dec 21, 2017:

Happy Solstice

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