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KarenFife

KarenFife
Date Joined: January 12, 2018
Last Online: August 4, 2020
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States

THINGS ABOUT ME: Hello! I live in Michigan and love it, even the winters. I am an extreme introvert, but I care deeply about the people in my life.

MUSIC: Classical, New Age, and Easy Listening, 70's and 80's music, but I will listen to all types.

BOOKS: I read about 60 books a year (it was 100 before I retired!), mostly series mysteries such as Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries, Peter Robinson, J. D. Robb, and many British detective series. My favorite recent book is The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel.

MOVIES: Happy endings like Gifted, McFarland USA, Rudy, Letters to Juliette, The Age of Adeline, and dark suspenseful thrillers like Suburbia, Sanctum, and Perfect Getaway. Recent movies I’ve been recommending are Just Mercy and Dark Waters. Both are powerful and moving.

TELEVISION: I rarely watch TV, but occasionally watch a series such as Downton Abbey or The Crown. Victoria was wonderful! My favorite older TV series were King of Queens and Cold Case. I’m addicted to Britbox and Acorn for British crime series. Currently enjoy watching the latest season of Shetland.

CRAFTS: Quilting (I’m currently working on a project making blankets and quilts for homeless vets, foster kids and pregnancy resource centers). One more year for me on that project! Finished some long-term quilt appliqué projects during COVID 19.

I love crocheting dishcloths (just for me) but I’m not very good at it. It keeps my arthritic fingers moving!

I make my own body and home care products with essential oils....
painting with acrylics (abstracts or just playing with color)...
making greeting cards occasionally... I also dabble in photography.

I am a retired preschool teacher (two-year-olds). I am married to a retired professor and we love going on road trips. In past summers we took Route 66 to California, toured Yosemite NP and all the major National parks out west. In September 2019 we drove Route 2 from Michigan to Seattle, and through Glacier National Park. From Seattle we took a fabulous cruise to Alaska. It was amazing! We planned more Route 66 and National Parks tour this summer, but had to cancel reservations due to some disabilities my husband has developed. Our wonderful road-touring days are most likely coming to an end. 😪

I love to make postcards now and then, but am trying to retire from paper-crafting and reduce the clutter of collected unused craft supplies that have become overwhelming.

POSTCARD LIKES: Where you live....
big city, small town or village and LARGE LETTER cities, ....
day or night city skylines.
Tourist type, especially if they are of uncommon places.
I would love to receive map postcards or any touristy postcards of Route 66, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Connecticut, and National Parks. I appreciate quirky tourist postcards and off-the-main-road places and towns. I prefer postcards not be handmade unless swap is specifically for homemade PCs. Same for greeting cards, but I will not rate down for nice handmade. I prefer a photo please, if possible instead of drawings or cartoons

I prefer my postcards NAKED unless the swap requires an envelope, but I’ll leave that up to the sender.

I read the Profile of everyone I send to before sending. I almost always give hearts because I appreciate the effort that goes into a swap. I spend time and effort on every swap I send, even postcards, and I try to make it something you will enjoy or will make you smile. I try to be loving, kind, and generous. Only rarely is that not reciprocated or appreciated, but it does happen, again rarely😢.

I swap mostly postcards. Please know that I respect what you have sent and consider it important that you know it has been received. I rate the day I receive or as soon as possible since postcards can easily be misplaced.

I’D RATHER NOT HAVE TO ADD THIS SECTION, BUT.... I’m puzzled by silent 5s and silent hearts. When you click on Rate Your Partner it says to leave a comment. Please do that. Just a brief comment. You can even say you didn’t like it! But I think it is important , and polite, that you acknowledge your partners willingness to take the time to do something for you.

I am very disappointed if I get postcards with worn edges and bent corners. Please save those for the appropriate “get-rid-of-it” Swaps. If you choose to send me worn postcards I will choose to not give a heart.

I’m asking that you please write more than a few words in big letters like (“Happy Swapping” “Hey there” “Be safe”) Please communicate instead. Tell me where you got your postcard. Why you like it. What you are doing today. About your family. Your current plans. Fill that message space up with heartfelt good stuff and you will most likely earn yourself a heart. A few general words and and an address is not heart-worthy to me.

Actually I would prefer Swap-bot get rid of the heart option. Just put the “specialness” in your comments. But since it’s not going away we have to deal with it.

COLORS: Love colors and colorful things. Blacks and grays are cool also. Pale pink will make me super happy.

GENERAL THEMES I LOVE:
squirrels...
sloths...
goats...
chickens...
gnomes...
flowers...
birds...
benches...
chairs...
windows...
doors...
lighthouses...
landscapes...
beaches...
mountains...
moon...
sun...
royalty...
your thoughts ...

TEAS: Any kind or brand, but prefer spicy. Not fond of green or Matcha.

LITTLE THINGS: I really don't need or want tuck-ins. I will not rate down if you don't send them, even if it's a requirement in a swap. I will be happy that you read my profile!!! However, If you feel you must...... Seasonal and holiday stickers are welcome (any time of year). Unused postcards, notecards, sheets of list pads will be used. I have no need for pieces of paper or junky items.

Being retired and losing a few marbles each day means it is easy to overlook something, so please contact me if a swap is not right. If you are sending from the USA and I have not received anything from you or have not been rated by two weeks after the send date, I will send a PM soon.
In this COVID year it sure seems like the postal system has a bad case of it. Mail is just not as dependable as it once was. I am learning waiting and patience through it, and forgiveness as well.

My mail is often picked up as late as 7:30 so the postmark on my mail date may show the following day. I probably will not check a postmark date unless there is something that seems questionable. I am always happy to find your mail in the mailbox.💖📬

Thank all of you great swappers for your nice notes, graciousness, kind comments, and hearts. You make my day and add much joy to my life!

Ratings

craftyAnnaLu rated for Scatts PC Swap - I - US Only on Jul 31, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks!
dally rated for WIYM: Big Senders Choice PC #9 on Jul 30, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely lighthouse pc; I agree, the photography style is beautiful.
Poohtat rated for PCEW20 Round 4 on Jul 30, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I’m having a relaxing summer so far.
mandigutterrose rated for SF- No Rules PCs -USA #2 on Jul 29, 2020
5
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Comment: Received it! I would love to see the seals on Alaska (or anything from Alaska haha)
fbresnah rated for PCEW20 Round 4 on Jul 27, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard I love lavender!
5
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Comment: Thanks for participating in this swap and for the extra postcard. I love it.
5
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card, you sound like a great quilter! LOL I don't think I've ever finished a quilt as quickly as you - although right now I'm avoiding my work in progress because I need to add fabric to the backing and don't want to cut it. I hope you're doing well and staying safe! :-)
dawnakaulen rated for INT envelope of ad cards on Jul 22, 2020
5
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Comment: Who knew Grand Rapids had a Comic-con LOL All great choices, thank you!
Klymntine rated for List Sheet Series - TV! TV! TV! on Jul 21, 2020
5
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Comment: Karen, Thanks so much for your list. And I loooove your envelope; I now have it on my to-do list to check out this website for similar artist papers.
5
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Comment: The PC made it all in one piece. I love the picture you chose, many thanks!🤠🌻
5
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Comment: I went back to the post office to inquire about your missing envelopes and your resend envelope was in my box. It wasn't there Wednesday. Thank you for resending. The heart is for the extra (cat) postcard. Marina
Response: That just made my day!! Thank you!
grammypammy rated for Scatts PC Swap - G - US Only on Jul 17, 2020
5
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Comment: Thanks for the cute goat postcard and the G answers! Enjoy your day!
Ymbryne rated for Blank Postcards - EASY! on Jul 16, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful cards, Karen :) Take care!
5
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Comment: Thank you for the polar bear pc. We just watched a segment on the polar bear twins at the Columbus zoo. Too cute!
marles rated for List Sheet Series - TV! TV! TV! on Jul 13, 2020
5
rating
Comment: Thanks!
LadyJo rated for WIYM: Big Senders Choice PC #9 on Jul 13, 2020
5
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Comment: I like the post card of West Virginia! Thank you for sending me this one! A nicer day since it rained yesterday!
lostinavalon rated for SF- No Rules PCs -USA #2 on Jul 12, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you so much for the neat postcard!
5
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Thank you sweetie. It is a lovely way that you packaged this swap. TYVM! I appreciate it and the gift for me. I don't like traveling but this is something I would like to see. May the Lord the Lord bless you and yours with love and health!
Bhindblueeyes rated for Sender's Choice PC July on Jul 10, 2020
5
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Comment: Thank you so very much for the owl PC and the platy sticker!! These both made my day!! There is an owl that I can hear at night, what a loud boy! I assume it's a boy, but I don't really know. One of my favorite memories was driving home from work around 1530-1400, and I saw an owl sitting on the wires connected to a telephone pole - it was such a sight to see an owl, let alone in the middle of the afternoon! I knew it was a special treat :) Thanks so much for joining!

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Comments

Snaileditcrafts on Mar 16, 2020:

Hi Karen, I just sent out the swap, "Easter Card". I hope that it will arrive quickly and safely! Have a very happy Easter! e

FLWAVE on Feb 9, 2020:

Karen, I love the super cute London postcard you sent for the unassigned Jan 2020 Postcard Roulette. That was really thoughtful. Thanks for picking me!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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thisismeAXiD on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

yvonne401 on May 30, 2019:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

simcoe54 on Apr 3, 2019:

Postcard RAK - Received the NYC postcard today in the mail and it is a new one for my collection. Thanks so much!!!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

spotteddogs on Mar 3, 2019:

Thank you so much for thinking of me with the cute St. Patrick’s Day card and the Ireland PC. I love it! It’s so fun to get unexpected mail and was so very thoughtful!

Gatzcat on Jan 21, 2019:

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Thanks for thinking of me when you sent your unassigned postcard roulette postcard. I really enjoyed your sweet words you sent and receiving your card. When I got it before I even read it, I recognized the handwriting and said out loud, “is that Karen [insert last name]?” I was right! It’s pretty funny that you have my address memorized and I know your handwriting. 😊

MsBellaDonna on Jan 13, 2019:

Thank you for choosing me as your "unassigned partner" for Postcard Roulette January 2019. :) I love the Times Square pc! No snow here either although it is very cold. Can you believe we are almost halfway through January already? I hope this year is off to a happy and healthy start for you!

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