Swap-bot Time: September 24, 2023 6:33 am


Date Joined: December 26, 2020
Last Online: September 23, 2023
Birthday: June 9
Country: Canada

About Me


My name is Erin, living outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I’m a firm believer that it is the simple pleasures that make life the most meaningful and enjoyable.

A few of my favourite simple pleasures include:

Time spent outside in nature - living in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, I am blessed to have breath taking mountain views, hiking trails, parks and lakes, forests and ocean views to breath in and relax in.

Reading a good book. I enjoy most genres, with historical fiction being my favourite. While I am not a huge fan of science fiction, romance or chic lit., I will give any book or author a try, so please don't hesitate to recommend something you have loved - I just might feel the same!

My favourite authors are Pat Conroy and Timothy Findley, my favourite books The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Beach Music by Pat Conroy.

My current read is The Little Old Lady Strikes Again by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, about a group of senior citizens who rob banks and casinos, and donate their spoils to deserving recipients. It’s not my usual book choice but as a pick from my apartment buildings communal bookcase, it is proving to be a light and entertaining read.

Cooking and baking, especially with locally sourced ingredients found at my local farmers markets.

I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and find the simplest meals are often the most enjoyable and that good food is always best enjoyed with great company!!

The arrival of fall and cooler weather has me happy to be back in the kitchen full force - my most recent newly tried recipe was butternut squash, sweet potato and apple soup.

I also enjoy exploring the world of craft beer.

Colouring!! A few years ago I spent a summer colouring with my young niece and nephew, and I’ve been hooked since! I find it very relaxing and an easy way to explore my developing artistic talents lol

My favourite colours are cobalt blue and emerald green, and I am overall drawn to all the jewel tones.

Listening to podcasts - most of which are paranormal in topic - while sharing snuggles with my two cats, Floyd and Johnie, both 6 year old tabbies.

I often also have music on as I go about my day, both at home and at work - I dislike rap and heavy metal, but will listen to at least a little bit of every other style. Favourite artists include Ray LaMontagne, Spirit of the West, Tom Landa and The Paperboys, Jann Arden, Tracey Chapman, Allman Brown and Paul Simon.

I work 40+ hours a week in a music store, the sort that operates a music school, rents/sells instruments, and offers DJ services among many other things. Having played 3 instruments over the course of my life, I love and feel very much at home in my workplace.

Writing and exchanging snail mail with friends old and new - something I have recently begun again, having so loved it in my younger years. I love the intimacy of the connections made thru putting pen to paper, and the opportunity to express ourselves in the mail we create.

I have recently been introduced to the concept of Happy Mail and am slowly trying my hand at creating mail that is art along with a thoughtful and enjoyable letter.

I am always open to sharing some non-swap mail with anyone interested!

Enjoying the company of close friends and family - my family and I are very connected, sharing our daily lives together.

Travel has always been a passion and I look forward to re-visiting places I have already experienced as well as discovering those I have not yet visited.

I grew up with annual road trips to Southern California to visit family, and have been fortunate enough to experience some international travel. London feels like home away from home to me, and Greece is the place I can not wait to return to.

The more I see and experience, the more I realize there is so much more waiting for me to discover.

Being of curious mind and heart, I welcome any and every opportunity to learn something new.

I look forward to meeting people from anywhere in the world, of any age and every background. I hope to share fun and interesting, and deep and meaningful, conversation about our lives and individual surroundings. Let us enjoy whatever we might have in common, and introduce each other to our respective thoughts, ideas and lifestyles.

A few notes on swaps and ratings:

I am very careful about joining swaps that I am confident I can complete fully and on time - I have withdrawn from swaps due to circumstances changing my confidence in doing so.

If something happens to change once partners have been assigned, I will let my partners know the circumstances, with assurances that I will complete and post their items ASAP.

I hope that we can all be very patient with our respective postal systems, especially in light of the pandemic, and allow extra time for mail to arrive!!

Should a very extraordinary amount of time pass and you still haven't received something from me that you should have, PLEASE contact me before rating me a 1, and I will very happily send you another mail.

My swaps have and will always be posted by the swap end date, unless I have contacted you to let you know of unexpected reasons why I have to post something late.

Also - if what you receive isn't exactly what it should be according to the swap directions, PLEASE let me know before you rate me a 3. I can only imagine that if this happens, I have innocently misunderstood the directions, and I will happily create or write you something that meets the swap requirements.

I promise to do all of the above in regards to the swaps you are sending out to me!

We have all joined Swap Bot to enjoy creating and exchanging mail, and the experience should be a fun, happy, exciting and stress free one - there is no reason at all that it should be anything different.

Happy Swapping - I can't wait to hear from you!


Catt007 rated for CSS: Letter Swap- Humanoid Cryptid on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fab swap, so much information about Bigfoot and lots I didn't know. Thank you. 😺
Comment: Thank you for your letter regarding the Michael case. It is so sad when children disappear I don’t think I could deal with it if I were a mother and my child just disappeared not knowing whether he was alive or dead. There’s so many cases like that too. I just wish they could all be found.
Tig rated for Spooky letter on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: 🎃 Oh my...thank you for your long, wonderful letter. You will be hearing from me soon...I might need your pumpkin scone recipe! 🎃👻
Karen07 rated for G: Local haunts on Sep 10, 2023
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter, Erin! Thank you and Happy Haunting!
Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating on this! I thought I had rated it until I found your card and lovely letter behind some books on my desk shelf.. I loved your letter and all that went with it! thank you so much! It definitely made me smile!
metrognome rated for ILB: This was my July on Aug 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks! The mime show sounds like it was worth every penny. 😉
Comment: Yeah, your cool Vancouver PC made it to me safe and sound! LOL about receiving curlers for your dear cat!! I hope he's having fun in his 10th life!! Was he named after Jimi Hendrix? xxMuggleMom
shinyserra rated for My Pen Pal Intro Letter on Aug 12, 2023
Comment: I very much enjoyed your letter and will be writing back!
Fuchsi rated for ILB: questionnaire swap on Aug 12, 2023
Comment: Dear Erin, this swap was amazing! *.* I love to read so many things about my swappartners und I liked it especially, since I already knew you. I was so, so happy with this swap and when I answer you via letter, you will hear more about me ^.^ Have an awesome weekend, Maxi
Stampalia rated for Cats! on Aug 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much everything you sent me was so great. I love the Halloween tissue and the stickers are so flippin cool. The cat note card I'm sending to my mom. She works at a pet shelter and we always had cats growing up. The stickers you used to decorate the envelope are so pretty too. This has just been such a pick me up on a tough day. Thank you.
Response: I’m so happy to hear that you are happy with everything, and that it was a pick me up! Your rating was a pick me up at the end of my own rough day 😻😻
pynart2 rated for BW & PP: What I'm reading on Aug 8, 2023
Comment: Enjoyed your letter and the Books you listed. I have read them and found them entertaining. Looking forward to your next letter. Loved the daisy sticky notes too!
Comment: You hit the nail right on the head! As I'm sitting here rating you, Peta is sitting on top of your swap should I dare show interest in something besides her. And the Canada stuff is great! I'll def shoot you a note back!
Comment: That is amazing about the selection of ghost stories to that particular location. When someone asks... well... a place like that, don't be surprised when you get responses. Especially corroborated ones by people who never met, and weren't there at the same time. I knew someone who runs an art gallery and hosts ghosts tours in St. Pete. She was even on Greg Noory, a long-running paranormal + conspiracy radio broadcast in the USA. If you google her name I'm sure you'll find a lot about her! I'll pass your letter onto her soon. I'm sure she'll be delighted to read it. https://canvasrebel.com/meet-brandy-stark/ Write me anytime, okay? <3
Comment: Thank you for the most lovely envelope!
riftvegan rated for WIYM: Kitty postcard or notecard on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the kitty card, and I so enjoyed reading your letter! Yeah, cheese has all kinds of addictive qualities and is tough to give up. Plus, vegan cheese is gross! laughs! Would love to see you at the TGIF nc series again... anytime! Happy Day! and cuddles to Floyd and Johnie!!
Karen07 rated for G: UFO Day on Jul 25, 2023
Comment: Enjoyed your letter and the super cute stickers! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for another great swap. :) And our Jack cat said 'sniff sniff, meow' to your kitty! :)
jay9 rated for BONUS Postcarding on Jul 10, 2023
Comment: Thank You Ettoad for this happy postcard!🎈
Comment: Thank you for the lovely description of your writing space, it sounds great! I also still have some Christmas decorations out, haha!
LaureAndLucky rated for TCJ: What's Your Favorites? on Jul 4, 2023
Comment: Hi there ! Thank you so much for your interesting letter, I love the contrast between the subject of it and the cute pink Washington tape so much ! In France we unfortunately don't have many interesting/serious true crime shows, but my favorite have always been "Faites entrer l'accusé", it has started in 2000 and I think I've been watching it ever since. It has been created mostly to try to understand how and why these awful crimes happened, only talks about french cases (some from Belgium too I think), resolved and judged, so they can cover the whole thing. There's another show that covers the cold cases and try to see all the different researches and all. You're so lucky to have been able to study all these at university ! That's great ! I would have loved to study psychology and might do it some day ! Have a wonderful day ! See you around !

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heliogal on Jun 21, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely birthday letter!! Oh my goodness what a wonderful surprise it was to get!! It was so thoughtful for you to think of me and send such a sweet letter!! I do love to celebrate my birthday so thank you for helping make it special!!

debbiespoms on Dec 21, 2022:

A little late. But Happy Birthday Erin ! I hope it was fabulous!

HelenG6 on Oct 27, 2022:

Please reply to my message I have sent. It would be fun to reconnect. Enjoy Halloween!

simcoe54 on Jun 9, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jun 7, 2022:

Happy birthday month

yvonne401 on Jul 26, 2021:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



thisismeAXiD on Jun 1, 2021:

happy birthday month

bringitb on May 17, 2021:

Hi! Stopping by to share that we've got some new washi swaps over in the Washi Tape Lovers group. Hope you'll join us! =)

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