Swap-bot Time: May 30, 2020 5:13 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2014
Last Online: May 29, 2020
Birthday: August 17, 1968
Country: United States
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About Me

Last updated May 9, 2020.....If you had used my Michigan address to mail me a swap, my daughter will notify me and I can at least rate you. Then when I return, I can open it fully.
If you are using my PA address, I will rate once received.
I have 2 part time jobs already. Super excited. One is in a seasonal gift shop, the other helping someone with getting her items ready for sale (crafts/painting). Wish me luck!

I will also be in Pennsylvania from May 10th-May 28th.

May 4, 2020. I updated my mailing address to be our home in Pennsylvania. I will still be getting mail @ our Michigan home so no worries if you sent it there.

April 29th is our new home closing, in Pa. We cant believe this dream is finally coming true.

Updated March 28, 2020. While my husband is living 6 hours away in Pennsylvania, I will remain here in Michigan. I will be living between the two states until our homes sell here and that looks like possibly for some years.

2-20-2020. We found a home in Clarington (Forest County,) PA surrounded by woods and wildlife. Husband starts his new job with the FAA March 15th. Excited and nervous about the transition. At least we can take our time moving since we need to sell our home in Michigan.

Updated 02/17/2020. Mailed my 1000th swap today.

Updated January 19, 2020. Looks like 2020 will be quite an adventure for us. New job, moving back to Pennsylvania, new home etc. Blank slate and ready to fill it up.

2019 is passing so quickly. Fall is here and brought along pleasing cooler weather.
Updated 09-25-19

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. (Their wedding took place Aug '18)

*** 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. It's very calming to the soul.

*John Denver
Looking for CD's from him so I can play it in my car on my long drives.
** I have been listening to NPR and also books on CD.

Favorite Television

~~30 degrees in February
~~Married at First Sight
~~Death in Paradise (just recently removed from Netflix,,,sad face)
~~The Good Doctor
~~Young Sheldon
~~The 100
~~My 5 wives
~~Grace and Frankie
~~The Shannara Chronicles
~~The 4400
~~The Librarians
~~Naked and Afraid
~~The Amazing Race
~~When Calls the Heart
~~The real housewives of Orange County

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
~~Fragrant shower gels (Avon Skin so soft, soft and sensual my favorite)
~~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.
Adult Coloring books/cards etc.
I don't need any reward stickers/preschool/childrens stickers.
Recipes that are HOT or spicy.
Microfiber kitchen towels.
Dollar Tree items
No Vanilla or Pine scent please.

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?

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

~~Fairy figuerines/furniture (new home in the woods and need to incorporate this)
~~Winnie the pooh anything
~~Holly Hobby anything
~~Beatrice Potter anything
~~Reusable grocery totes, fabric and washable
~~wax melts (no pine)
~~Wallflower diffuser (plain or any design) and plugs (no pine)
~~candles (none from dollar bins/tree)
~~Packaging items for mailing items
~~Forever stamps
~~Just recently I have started to collect oval stickers for my car from different cities and countries
~~Used books on CD, (Audio books)
~~John Denver music on CD
~~Celtic music on CD
~~Christmas music box music on CD
~~Gift cards to Panera Bread, McDonalds, Little Caesars, Dominos, Chilis, Bath & Body works, Little Caesars, Cracker Barrel, Christmas Tree Shoppes, Meijers, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning
~~Quality socks (no knee high though)
~~note cards
~~Christmas cards (all year long)
~~box of birthday cards
~~Anything Life is Good
~~Linen sprays (Chamomile)
~~Room sprays
~~cotton table place mats (seasonal)
~~tea/kitchen towels(cotton only)
~~bracelets (silver)
~~studs or flat pierced earrings (silver)
~~body wash
~~Toffifee chocolates Can be found at cvs etc. These are my favorite!
~~caramello by Cadbury
~~Anything Folk Art
~~squirrel anything
~~Fairies on anything
~~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.

Postcard Preference

I am starting to enjoy these. I really like touristy and unique ones. Funny ones catch me and I place them on my wall to enjoy all year. I also like holiday cards (Easter, Christmas etc). At this time, I have no dislikes.


Comment: Thanks for the nice notecard and note inside! Thanks also for the pretty notecard and stickers for me to use!
Response: You are welcome. I thought it may of gotten lost in the mail. Things are taking way longer to arrive since the Covid-19. Stay safe and thanks for rating with a heart.
tlemon4 rated for Wacky, Silly & Unusual Holidays~June on May 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much your package came yesterday and it made my day. I was having a very stressful day and when I saw your package I just had to open it.The Chapstick you got I just bought that brand a couple months ago and tried it it's now my favorite. Plus it is kind of funny my maiden name is Palmer and the name on that was Palmer's chapstick. LOL thank you again for such a nice swap happy swapping until we swap again.
Response: We must be "soul" connected for me to get Palmers since there are tons of brands out there of lip balm. I hope you can enjoy each holiday I sent. Thank you for the heart rating. These swaps are one of my favorite. Hope to see you in there again. Take care.
EverydayAngels rated for A Note For You # 49 on May 27, 2020
Comment: Love the tea and butterfly! Thank you! And pink glitter washi on envie is a happy bonus!
Response: I aim to please. Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy your weekend!
Comment: Thanks for the letter and notecard. Good to hear from you! Guess your user name is more like misplacedbacktopa!?!?
Response: I wish I could change my name..but I started in swap-bot when I felt alone in Michigan and so it will just remind me of that. I should make a note of that on my page, shouldn't I? Glad we can keep in touch. Thank you for the heart rating. Looking forward to seeing you in my mailbox again.
Catida rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #188 on May 25, 2020
Comment: It took seven weeks, but today your lovely cat notecard finally made it to my mailbox! :) I enjoyed reading about your weekend with Scrabble and cinnamon rolls, and about the movies you'd watched. It sounded very relaxing. Thanks for the extra notecard too!
Response: 7 weeks, wow. Now that IS snail-mail. If only my weekends can be so relaxing again. Thank you for the heart rating. Take care and enjoy your weekend.
Comment: Hi Michelle! Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry that you got sick with COVID!!! Have you gotten tested for the antibodies? It's actually getting warmer down here in GA (today got up to 91 degrees), I'm already ready for fall and winter lol. Congratulations on getting your gift shop job!!! I'm so glad for you!! Please take care and stay safe!!!!
Response: I am so relaxed and happy here in the mountains...plus the night air smells great! I just wish we had some of your heat (this weekend will be in the highs of the low 60's). Stay safe and well and thank you for the heart rating.
Luvslife3 rated for Notecards Swap #7 USA on May 23, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful selection of cards Michelle!! Especially the hummingbird and the watercolor heart!! Thank you so much!!!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy your weekend.
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard and tea. It sounds like you're settling in nicely! How is the new job? I think I'd like working at a gift shop. I haven't played pickle ball in years! Are you going to join them? Have fun! ❤
Response: I really am liking my job, thanks for asking. I am so busy but come Fall, I will be playing pickle ball. Today I mow the grass (garter snakes are over taking my grass-land). Seems like there is always something to do here. But in a good way. Have a great weekend. Thanks for the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for the card! Congrats on the new house! A good community is such a relief! This is not the first time someone has mentioned pickleball to me this pandemic! Maybe it will be the sport of Covid-19, haha! Have fun and thank you again!
Response: As of yet, I haven't played. Too busy but come fall/winter, I will be on it. Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy your weekend.
Comment: Hope your life continues to be peaceful and nature inspired. Stay safe.
Response: Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy your weekend.
DragonflyDreamer rated for Swaps ~ Randomness #2 - May on May 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful goodies and sweet note!
Response: I was glad to send it all along. Thank you for your heart rating. Enjoy your weekend.
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #194 on May 22, 2020
Comment: That was a very busy weekend - whew! Makes me tired!
Response: Here I thought it was just the higher elevation that got me tired. Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy your weekend.
Comment: Thanks for a nice note and goodies - no plans for Memorial Day as we are still under strict quarantine - will most likely go for a nice long walk - maybe a picnic if we can find a deserted peaceful green area.
Response: A peaceful weekend with a picnic sounds superb to me--enjoy. Thank you for rating with a heart. Keep smiling.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard and sharing your thoughts to the prompts with me. I watch a lot of different shows to take my mind off of the pandemic.
Response: Covid-19 doesnt even cross my mind anymore. Thank you for rating with a heart. Stay safe.
suepier rated for Where would you go? - Postcard! on May 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great multiview and sharing your travel wishes. I, too, would like to travel and it would probably be to the East coast to take a driving trip from Maine to about Boston or a little further south.
Response: Sounds good. Take me along, LOL. Thank you for rating with a heart. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
hfe777 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #193 on May 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the tea and sharing your weekend with me. Packing is not fun but hopefully it goes quickly for you. Good luck with your move!
Response: Thank you. I guess I am lucky since I have so much time to really figure out what I want to bring and what I can get rid of/donate, once the thrift stores open up again. Thank you for the heart rating. May you have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Comment: What great postcards, thanks!!!
Response: So happy I placed them in a good home. I enjoy trading mostly and just keep a few I really, really like. Thank you for the heart rating. Take care and stay safe.
Comment: I'm so glad to hear things are beginning to settle for you. Stay safe! Thank you for the extras.
Response: Thank you for the heart rating. I am living in solitude with trees, deer, wild turkeys and eagles/hawks as my neighbors. Cant get covid-19 from them, right? Take care and enjoy this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
shyfox rated for Five Sticker Sheets on May 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for trying to get stickers that fit my interests! That Asian supermarket sounds very interesting! I wish we had a Daiso here. I’m quite obsessed with Japanese stationery!
Response: Its called, 168 Asian Mart..and I can spend an hour or two there. Hoping to go in June and stock up on their stickers..who knows, we may swap again. Thank you for rating with a heart. Take care and stay safe.
paperlvr rated for A Note For You # 48 on May 15, 2020
Comment: Many thanks for the cute collection of stickers! And thank you for your note! Best wishes for a summer filled with lots of creative moments!
Response: And you as well. Thank you for the heart rating. Enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

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ladydy5 on Jan 19, 2020:

Hope all went well with the house band the move. Best to you and yours this 2020 year

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

Hugs, Pam

TreeAnn629 on Dec 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the bonus Christmas card and goodie bag. I love it all thank you so much.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Oct 31, 2019:

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!

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