Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2019 12:51 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2014
Last Online: May 26, 2019
Birthday: August 17, 1968
Country: United States
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About Me

From May 16-May 22nd I will be away but my mail will be brought in. Since I no longer can access swap-bot from my phone (?????), I can only wait until Thursday May 23rd to read or reply to any messages here.

Since May 6th, 2019....I am having an extremely difficult time accessing swap-bot. When I log in, it states...checking your browser,,,,then it brings me right back to the log in page again, instead of accessing swap-bot. I have tried on my phone with no access. My lap-top got through on the 6th attempt. Anybody else having this problem? On the 7th of May, I sent administration a notice about this. Hopefully this can get solved.

Merry Christmas and may you all have a blessed 2019.

If ever you get to Michigan and want to meet up, I have always enjoyed get togethers with fellow swap-bot addicts. Brunch/supper or whatever. Just contact me.

Updated August 6, 2018. My son has a beautiful bride. Their wedding was full of emotions. I cried happy tears when she walked down the aisle, said their vows, and danced the son-mother dance. I am so proud of them. Memorable items that happened were: The fire alarm went off in the church during the reception (deafening) and the mens bathroom toilet actually cracked and water flooded out into the reception (was it that person ate too much earlier? LOL ) All in all, I can say it was the best wedding I have ever attended. Congrats to Amy and Ben (Aug 4, 2018)

***OMG I am giving a gigantic praise to @Pianoheart for a surprise of 21 cassette tapes. (yes, I wrote 21) She did not know this, but my husband lived in Hawaii for 6 years and she sent alot of Hawaiian music. She is a true blessing and a wonderful soul. I cannot thank her enough for sending such joy to us.

Happy New Year 2018!

I finished my 500th swap on Sept 8th 2017. Am having so much fun sending out smiles to everyone.

In these past few weeks, I have gotten international mail WAY after it has been sent. One took a month, the other longer than 8 weeks. I do believe even our mail wants to vacation a bit.

May all have a very blessed 2017

My newest niece, Amelia Love McDivitt was born on 7-20-16. So tiny and perfect.

On Mothers Day '16, My oldest son, Ben proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years. She said YES. I will be so happy to have her for a daughter. Sweet, kind and loving. A July 2018 wedding being planned.

*** If you don't receive a swap from me when I note that I sent it, please notify me ASAP so I can resend it. It is not my personality to flake. Never have, and don't intend to start. My word is my bond. Swapping means too much to me to flake. I LOVE bringing joy to others.

Born and raised in the countryside of Lancaster County, PA (amongst horse & buggies and rolling hills). Lived/studied in Dusseldorf, Germany (1988) Also did the Eurorail (it was a 30 day long train travel pass in which I backpacked through 10 countries) that summer (to celebrate my 20th birthday). 1990-1991 lived in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. Settled back in Lancaster in '91 and got married. Divorced in 2010 after 19 years. Found love again in 2011 and married Justin in 2012. We now live in Michigan. I have 3 children, Ben (1995) Alexis (1996) and Troy (2002). I have several indoor cats, Luna, Ms Priss (indoor during winter months only), Mr Dingles & Puma. The later 2 are my daughters. As of 10-20-17, the stray cat we feed, finally got the nerve to come into our home and now he/she comes in to eat and sleep a little beside us on the sofa before he wants out again. He is black and we call him Minx.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, baking/cooking new recipes, flower gardening (I have a friendship garden that I have gotten transplants from many friends--you can add too it if you like), traveling, Atlantic Beach Time, antique and thrift store shopping, swapping almost anything and pen paling internationally.

I wear size 7 or 7 1/2 shoes, 5 ft tall since 6th grade and funsize in life. Long hair which I enjoy wearing up. I am all natural--no hair dye (love my silver streaks life has highlighted me with), no make up (though I may be seen with mascara or blush), no tattoos and only have my ears pierced once (seems odd now days).

I enjoy www.wheresgeorge.com with my user name Michelle His Belle.

I also am a part timer in Geocaching. My name there is Mstracker. I go with my brother when I visit him and he tracks them and I just totally forget too. I gotta change that!

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I decorate immensely. I mail out over 200 Christmas cards. If you mail me one, I always mail a return. It is always a pleasure meeting new people.

Thank-you for taking the time to get to know me. Hopefully I can get to know you. Peace and Love.

Favorite Music

I listen to Country, Pop and Classical (we have this on while we eat dinner). I don't like RAP or Jazz. Lately I have been listening to Celtic and New Age music to write my pen pals. Its very calming to the soul.

*John Denver
*Janis Joplin
These are a must to sing along with while driving

Favorite Television

~~30 degrees in February
~~Married at First Sight
~~The Good Doctor
~~Big Bang Theory
~~Young Sheldon
~~The 100
~~My 5 wives
~~Grace and Frankie
~~The Shannara Chronicles
~~The 4400
~~The Librarians
~~Naked and Afraid
~~When Calls the Heart
~~The Magicans
~~The real housewives of Orange County
~~The Rookie
~~The Listener

I seem to watch a lot of Netflix lately. Any suggestions on an International movie or TV show?

As you can see, I like a mixture of everything ********Don't watch the news too much since it is mainly negative anyways. I mean, who wants to go to bed and wake in the morning with negativity surrounding them, right?


~~Baby giraffes
~~Sand dollars
~~Bath bombs/fizz's
~~Fragrant shower gels (Avon Skin so soft, soft and sensual my favorite)
~~Writing paper
~~Dining decorative paper napkins
~~kitchen cotton linens (tea-towels, dishcloths etc)
~~Powdered Chai mixtures
~~miniature/regular tea cups
~~Green is my favorite Color
~~Life is good products
~~Happy Mail
~~If you have any questions if I would like something, you can always send me a message. I find happiness in the smallest and simplest of items


****Cigarette smoke*** Please don't send anything that has that odor.
I don't need any reward stickers/preschool/childrens stickers.
Recipes that are HOT or spicy.
Microfiber kitchen towels.
Not too keen on Dollar store items, unless swap calls for it.
Tea. I have enough to brew over the year of 2018

Favorite Crafts

~~Making Envelopes. I use old calenders, scrap-booking paper, Stationary and almost anything else I can make into an envelope.

~~Tea bag holders.

Things I enjoy

~~Unique items

~~Thrift store/Antique store finds


~~Primitive American/Folk Art



~~American Eskimo Dog breed (my last dog was Neva, passed after sharing her life with me for 14 years)

~~Quiet evening at home when the snow is falling

~~Eating out

~~burning candles


~~my flower garden

~~I play Toontown Rewritten with my husband and youngest son

~~Country drives

~~Netflix---any suggestions?

~~Pennsylvania farm land

Favorite Books

Anything Beverly Lewis and Tracie Patterson. These authors make me feel "right at home"

*I have been listening to books on CD on my long drives. Gently used ones would be much appreciated.

Wish List

~~Just recently I have started to collect oval stickers for my car from different cities and countries
~~Used books on CD, (Audio books)
~~Gift cards to Panera Bread, Chilis, Bath & Body works, Little Caesars, Cracker Barrel, Meijers, Starbucks, Wendys and TJ Maxx.
~~Christmas gift tags
~~New Age music CD's
~~Anything Life is Good
~~Mary Moo figuerines
~~note cards
~~memo pads
~~Anything Mary Engelbreit
~~Anything Suzy Zoo
~~homemade envelopes
~~cotton table place mats (seasonal)
~~tea/kitchen towels(cotton only)
~~bracelets (silver)
~~studs or flat pierced earrings (silver)
~~body wash (Avon, Skin so soft soft & Sensual my new favorite)
~~Lush bath bombs
~~fuzzy socks
~~Toffifee chocolates Can be found at cvs etc. These are my favorite!
~~caramello by Cadbury
~~Anything Folk Art
~~squirrel anything
~~Fairies on anything
~~Small garden flags (all holidays/designs)
~~face masks
~~Sticker sheets of nice quality
~~homemade kitchen dishcloths
~~holiday/seasonal figurines (cupids, easter bunnies/chicks, 4th of july, halloween, thanksgiving, santas/snowmen for examples)
~~Pocket letters--Learning how to make these in an interesting manner.
~~Dotee dolls
~~Matchbox creations
~~Button arm & leg dolls

(the last 3 items I have just learned about and find them extremely interesting)

~~~~~~~ This is just a few ideas

On a short note

I am extremely easy to please. I prefer quality over quantity. And LOVE unique items found in gift stores or gently used items from a consignment/thrift store. To get a hand written note or short letter with my swaps mean the world to me--letting me realize you targeted me and not just the swap requirements.


Comment: Thanks for the extra! :)
ncnurse04 rated for May Stocking Stuffer USA on May 21, 2019
Comment: I hope I have the willpower to wait until Christmas. Thank you very much for the sweet birthday gift as well. Very thoughtful.
Comment: Thanks for the swag goodies and my present is going in my stocking.
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and card!
Margothecat rated for Correspondence Kit USA on May 15, 2019
Comment: What a lovely swap! Thank you so much - especially for all the Christmas extras!
Comment: Charming letter! Thank you for the stickers and card. Posting my reply tomorrow.
pattiairel rated for TF. - Spring Flowers on May 3, 2019
Comment: Michelle, I love your swap and all the wonderful things you sent me!! My mom collected lady bugs so you spoke right to my heart!!
Response: Thank you for rating. I hope Mothers Day is good to you. Blessings---Michelle
Comment: I love all my sweet surprises and I had to open the wrapped gifts.. I really like the pink crocheted doily. I had Christmas in April.
Response: I am so happy you like it. I find the cutest items sometimes. Hard to give them away (lol). Thank-you for rating with a heart. Happy Spring!
Comment: We just had our [fingers crossed!] FINAL snowing of winter... But I live near Chicago, so fat chance! Ah well. Hope pizza night was as awesome as it sounds!
Response: Our tree/flowers are budding and no snow in the forecast. I think its safe to say spring has arrived for us. Looking forward to my lilac bushes blooming soon. Thanks for the heart rating. Enjoy this wonderful time of year. Oh yes, I ate a slice of pizza for you :-)
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart rating. Happy Spring!
Comment: Thanks for the great letter :)
Response: You're welcome. April is always a great month. Thanks for the heart rating. Happy Spring.
Comment: thanks for fun letter.and washi .good luck with the challenge
Response: You are very welcome. I'm staying on top of things, averaging 2 letters a day. Hope you're doing well on it too. Thanks for the heart rating. Happy Spring.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and stickers !! It was very nice to receive in the mail :)
Response: You're welcome. I am enjoying getting into writing again. In the winter I slump but this challenge always picks me up. Thank-you for rating with a heart.
Comment: Hi Michelle! The traveler has made is here safely and will be moving on shortly! LOL! Thank you for the cute Easter card and the extra pc - yes, those sticky buns look yummy! Happy Easter to you and yours! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart rating. May these next weeks be filled with surprises (good ones). Happy Swapping!
kittyfun rated for International PenPals on Apr 5, 2019
Comment: So awesome to meet you! Writing you back now!
Response: Looking forward tp seeing you in my mailbox. Got a new box of Chamomile tea ready to be used (i always drink when I read letters...gets me relaxed).. oh wait... only tea, I drink tea! Rofl. Anyways... thanks for your heart rating!
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely card! And of course the extras - my daughter ran off with some of the stickers before I could even grasp what was going on. LOL, she loves to help me open the mail. I'd love to write back if you're up for it? :) Happy Spring!
Response: You're welcome. And yes, would enjoy hearing back and knowing what ur daughter did with those stickers (lol). Thank-you for rating with a heart. Happy Spring to you as well.
Comment: Thanks so much for the stationary and stickers! I really enjoyed your letter and I believe your right about language. We should all try and learn especially to a place we are visiting. Your goals are very selfless and that makes you an awesome person!
Response: You're welcome. You are also so kind. Thank-you. I appreciate your heart rating. May you find beauty in this great Season.
Eulegirl rated for Do what you want 3 on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the useful list notes and stationary!
Response: You're welcome. I went thru my stash and tried to send what u may like. Thanks for rating. Happy Easter.
papercraftkath rated for Christmas Cards in March on Apr 3, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and the fun extras! Christmas washi tape was hard to find here, so I will put it to good use!
Response: You're very welcome. Happy to share washi with you. Thanks for the heart rating. Enjoy the beauty of Spring.

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pattiairel on Feb 16, 2019:

pattiairel on Feb 16, 2019:

Hello! how did your cookies come out?? My daughter Jaime and her daughter Mari made cookies, too! Shes only 4 and quite the baker already♥♥

Stickerz78 on Feb 3, 2019:

You prepare such thoughtful stocking stuffer swaps!! Thanks so much for the 2018 stocking stuffers! 🎄🎁🤶🎅

DRMOM on Jan 23, 2019:

Thank you for lovely letters, BEAUTIFUL note card with purple flower, and goodies :-)

satinification on Jan 15, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! Happy 2019 :) ~ Agnieszka (from AARI forum)

pattiairel on Dec 23, 2018:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

cajiky on Dec 23, 2018:

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Happy New Year 2019!!!

brookeasaur on Dec 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for the unexpected Christmas Card and sticker gift today! ♥ I hadn't swapped recently and it came as such a nice surprise :) Hope you have a great week and Merry Christmas!

manme on Dec 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for your lovely Christmas card! (Angels and Raks international group forum) ❤️

bluesky on Dec 5, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful pillow cases, socks, catnip jars, notecards .. from the Stocking/Totebag Stuffer swaps! Love everything you sent. Happy HOlidays!

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