Swap-bot Time: November 21, 2017 2:57 pm


Date Joined: March 23, 2012
Last Online: November 21, 2017
Birthday: May 18
Country: United States

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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

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.

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


Fieke rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Nov on Nov 19, 2017
Comment: Hi Sherry, thank you for the beautiful PC you made. I love it !
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Glad you love it! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Lexidh rated for QUICK 20 glass beads swap #21 on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so so much for the lovely package! I'm truly inspired to start making jewelry again now! Haven't been for such a long time...
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I would love to see pictures of what you make from these! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
carol rated for USA-Hearts PC-September on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: I love Notan, and this one is fabulous! Sorry for the late rating.
Response: Thanks for the heart and I'm glad it arrived safely! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Got it! Love your kitty. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart! I love all your pets! I would have a zoo, if possible! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: What a sweet and romantic song...perfect to warm up these grey autumn days. Thank you for the postcard and words.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I miss the old songs/ballads/ folksongs that actually had a message with the music! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
karategirl46 rated for USA-Hearts PC-November on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: I love my post card! Thank you so much! Keep warm 😃
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! It is 28` F here. Much colder than in AZ right now. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Hi Sherry. Nice to hear from you. They should keep calendars away from the bears. Thanks for the pc!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! They are so smart! That's why they continue to thrive! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
graciepie49 rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 3 on Nov 11, 2017
Comment: Your space is gorgeous! I'm going to try a simple shading tangle. I don't usually do shading, but you inspired me.
Response: Thanks for the heart and your kind words. The great thing about tangling is the more you play with it, the more fun it is! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Chaosfay rated for AN Here Fishy Fishy!! USA on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card! I can't imagine having such a large cat. I've never seen a mix like that, Maine Coon and Siamese? That must be a VERY interesting cat!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! I too thought that was such a cute card! Yes, Dusty is pretty unique and quite the character. You would think she would have a huge voice, to go with her huge physique, but she has this little feminine talky voice, that is too sweet. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
smadronia rated for Tangle and Pass Postcard Round 2 on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you! you do beautiful Zentangling work
Response: Thanks for the kind words and the heart and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
JoMama rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC-Oct on Nov 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the rating and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
luluvision rated for MA: Draw This Word on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Aha! I like your definition of futhark! What a fun swap this was! I hope your bear situation is over!!
Response: Thanks for the heart and this was such a fun swap! I had never heard of that word before! Alas, the bears are still breaking into places...not ours, but we are still being hyper-vigilant and taking all the abnormal precautions we are now forced to live under. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: I'm so lucky to get you as my sending partner in 2 swaps! I'm in love with all the cards you sent, Sherry. The Northern Lights are gorgeous (hope to see them one day), and that sweet little seal is simply precious. Thank you so much.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! Make a plan to come on up! Best time to see the Aurora is now, around Fairbanks area or north. Gotta get away from the light pollution though. They are so awe inspiring! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
isabellasnow rated for Postal Zine on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: Always a pleasure to receive your work, Sherry. You draw SO WELL--something I have yet to master. Your mailbox is perfection, as is your map of Amook Isle artistamp. And Uncle Jim brought a smile to my face! Very creative and much appreciated. p.s. I LOVE your 'Scarey Cat' ATC--WOW . . . what an extra!
Response: Thanks for the heart and all your kind words! You are so sweet! Could you believe all the priority and air mail strips, I had?? I actually found about 6 more different ones after I sent out that zine. Weird! You would think they would just have an international standard one. But, then it would not be as much fun to see them! Glad you liked the Scarey Cat! I didn't notice it until I finished and then I thought "whoa!" LOL Hugs from Alaska, Sherry PS: I miss our fairy zines! I'd love to do a craft swap based on them.
Lonestarchild rated for CHWH: profile based pc on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: How very clever -- quilt patterns with washi! Thank you!!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
edgetorn rated for Postal Zine on Nov 6, 2017
Comment: Always love hearing from you! Thank you for the cool zine (love your artistamp), bird ATC and drawn bird on the envie!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Very cool ad card! Thank you!!!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
MamaMangrove rated for HMPC: Altered Postcard #5 on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a "handy" card, Sherry. I can tell you had fun adding all that bling! My own hands are rarely jewelry-adorned. More often they're paint-stained with dirt under the nails from gardening! Cooler weather at last here. That means temps dropped below 70° at night.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome! My hands are the same way! We are having below freezing temps at night. Totally clear skies during the day. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
wolfeagle rated for Reflection Mail Art on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Just lovely. Thank you.
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
goinjenny rated for AN: Trees/fall - USA on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you! A Bear broke in, lol?!
Response: Thanks for the heart and you are so very welcome. Yes, bears have been breaking into the houses here in Larsen Bay. Not really a laughing matter, as there are 4 bears still breaking into houses, some with children and seniors in them, at the time. They are causing thousands of dollars worth of structural and cosmetic damage to homes, lodges and the cannery, not to mention the loss of sleep and need for hyper-vigilance, in case the bears break in again. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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bluesky on Nov 3, 2017:

:) yes would love to see the aurora borealis! :) thanks your your rating.

wolfeagle on Oct 11, 2017:


DaisyNY on Aug 11, 2017:

Your Heart PC got a comment on my Flickr page: "Love it!"

Angie on Jul 19, 2017:

One of my dogs found a rabbit in the brush. Every time I'm outside there are bunnies running this way and that. It makes the dogs crazy!

Drachenfrau on Dec 30, 2016:

Have a wonderful 2017, Sherry!!! I hope my Christmas-card arrived. :-*

AmookIslandCreations on Dec 30, 2016:

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anrtist on Nov 8, 2016:

There are so many negative things on TV & everywhere you turn,.. esp on this election day!
I want to share this with you lovely ladies today!!!

Blessings, cc

jukejan on Nov 2, 2016:

Enjoyed your profile and your screen name drew me in. I have a AK interest and loved reading about the wildlife. Peace!

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