Updated as of: 1/4/2021
My Motivational Word for 2021: Gratitude
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK
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My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣
Yes, my name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies! I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and Nor-Cal foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.
Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes all my animals (past & present)! 😉
I've had companions that were cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, one squirrel, and several dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle, Pugster, and Sheltie to Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own small dogs.
🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 1 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 & a tortoise-shell "grand-kitten" named Piper
Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals! I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!
Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).
Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many Hobbies:
(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)
I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!
My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's and the 7-of-❤️’s playing card (in all sizes & shapes), Deltiology (postcards), Philately (postal stamps), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera. I used to also collect currency (numismatics) but I’ve decided to end with my state park quarters once the Tuskegee Airmen coin is released next year.
I really enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! Even in silence, I often have a tune playing in my head! 🤭
I am most comfortable at the ocean where I can lose all sense of time hunting for sea glass, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins, but no "sea legs!" 🤢
Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!
A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs
(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage Postage Stamps or Mailboxes, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Giant Pandas, ☘️Shamrocks/Clovers🍀, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)
B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), Bald 🦅 Eagles & BALANCE (My focus word for 2020)
C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, 🍀Clovers, Cinnamon Teas, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster
D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) Dr. Seuss & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins
E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚
F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)
G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉
H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hummingbirds, Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/flower belly badge)
I: Ireland (esp Éire postage), Icebergs & Incredible Hulk
J: Jordan Almonds, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀 Jordan#23 & ⚾️Jeter#2
K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit, Kliban’s Cat & Koru Loops (like this one)
L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, Luke&Leia, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖
M: Misty Mint Drop Candies(aka Mini Meltaway Mints by Hickory Farms), Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Mandalorian, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁
N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉
O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters, Origami & Optimus Prime
P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies
Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)
R: Roasted Peanuts, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, R2-D2, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees
S: Simply Cheetos White Cheddar Puffs or Snyder’s of Hanover GF Pretzel Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles (the aquatic/marine reptiles w/flippers)
T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tweeds, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos
U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel
V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!
W: Walkers Shortbread Cookies, Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)
X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️
Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda, Yaddle & The Child (Grogu)
Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle
Thank YOU for thinking of me!
B&W Photography! Especially of:
Handmade postcards are always welcome too. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💗💜 I heart art! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "No"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions!
🍪🍪🍪Special Request: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname!
👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝
🛑I like things with neither:
🚫 Claymation nor Stop-motion Characters
🚫 Sock-puppets nor Dolls
These include “zettiology creatures” which trigger traumatic childhood memories for me. I know they’re a trend in many art scenes, but pleeeeeese do not send them to me.
🚫 Zombies nor Aliens
🚫 Snakes, Spiders nor Scorpions
Actually, the only “safe” animals in this exothermic (cold-blooded) genre are sea turtles, lady bugs, and butterflies.🦋 I greatly appreciate your efforts to avoid sending any other insect, reptile, or amphibian.
🚫 Cosmetics nor Perfume/Scents
I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another.
Please respect me by practicing the same and refrain from sending me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.
🚧 Page always under construction 🚧
As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)
If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will delete it to perhaps repost at a different time.
I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to angel. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.
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