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Date Joined: September 15, 2017
Last Online: February 18, 2018

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About Me

I am a retired teacher, now working as a part-time youth services librarian in the local public library. I love it! I love to read - Adult murder mysteries and YA/Teen novels, especially. I'm not a lover of nonfiction. More about my reading life below.

I am an avid letterboxer.

I am a quilter. I love to make scrap quilts. I'm currently working on an English paper pieced grandmother's flower garden and I'm almost done! Also love crazy quilting. I gather 2.5-inch squares of fabric wherever I can. I love, collect, and make pincushions.

I also knit, crochet, mosaic, alter books, create ATCs and LTCs...I love to have my hands busy. I keep a blog of all my book and movie reviews.

I belong to Postcrossing and love to exchange and receive postcards.

I collect playing cards! I especially love the Queen of Diamonds and Jokers, but any and all with interesting pictures on the back (or front!) will make me happy!

I'm a mom of two, grandmother of four.

I lived, raised my family, and taught fifth grade on the coast of Maine for 30 years (my son and his family still live there), then LOVED the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona for the next fourteen years. I am now adjusting to the gorgeous green rolling farmlands of the Pennsylvania countryside (where I now live, 20-minutes away from my daughter and her family). LIFE IS GOOD.

Some of the motifs and themes that I enjoy:

Day of the Dead

Cemeteries, gravestones and the like (I love history and primary sources!)


Artwork that includes books and/or reading (not so much photos, but if unique and quirky I love 'em)

anything with old ladies (there are some great Finnish, Russian, and American artists that have so much fun with old ladies!)

penguins are pretty cool...

and jackalopes are pretty cool, too.

the artwork of Keith Haring and Wassily Kandinsky

National Parks

cool doors and windows and unique/quirky houses

maps of countries and states

Turkey (the country), Iceland, Sweden, England, Africa, Mexico

SMALL STUFF: gel pens, cool pens and markers, black markers for zentangling, Stickles/glitter glue, postage stamps (of course!), stamp pads, "pink stuff" (Speedball carving block), embossing powder, Fiskars triple track blades, baby wipes, stencils for backgrounds, watercolor paper postcards, anything Day of the Dead, handmade boxes and bowls, dice (I have a dice collection), playing cards,

I'm not so fond of (sorry!):

(no) anything religious (please no Bible verses)

(no) "cute" - like kittens or puppies

(no) anime

(no) random scrapbooking or ATC embellishments - I really don't need 'em or use them.

I only drink Diet Coke and water, nothing hot, no tea or coffee,

I'll keep thinking and add to this as unexpected thoughts come into my brain. I LOVE it when this happens!!!

Favorite Books

I've joined a book swap recently, so thought I'd share my thoughts about reading.

I love mysteries - - police and PI procedurals, especially, for some reason. All over the world, not just in the US. The cozies just haven't been...well....intense enough for me. I listen to a lot of them, and read just as many. I've read the beginning of many series, and am picking away at many since I like to read them in order. However, I don't like to read about the same protagonist one story after another. Picky? Probably. I love Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, Robert Galbraith's Comoran Strike, and Angela Marson's Kim Stone to name a very few. I LOVED to find new series1

I also read a lot of young adult. I'm not so crazy about the CRF romances, but I love the out-or-the-ordinary CRF and especially YA Dystopian novels. I've read a few of the series out there - love some and don't love some, but I'm willing to try.

I also read middle grade novels. I've been a 4th/5th grade teacher forever and am now a youth services librarian assistant, so I love all the newer stuff...I've read a good deal of the older stuff.

Just can't get into nonfiction. I've tried. I have read a memoir once in awhile, and most have kept me interested unless they're poorly written. Guess I'm a snob in that way.

I do enjoy nonfiction books about quilting, including essays and short stories....

I started a blog in 2008 to keep track of my reading. I don't publicize it, it's only for my own reference and memory. I've put the website above in case anyone is interested in checking out what I've read in the last ten years.


Comment: Hi, Chris, thanks for adding your little short story reviews booklet. Is that a zine? I need to give that a try. We had planned to move somewhere about 1/2 way between our kids to be closer to grandchildren, but we don't have any yet!!!!! My daughter and hubby are intentionly without children, but my son is engaged and has always talked about having wife and family. But we have no idea where they will be living. The are both food science "nerds" and self-made chefs (always nice food when they are around. But he is in southern Wisconsin with a job he really likes; Mary is in New Jersey at a job she'd be glad to leave behind for department morale and other "people created" problems. They don't want to live there anyway because of the high cost of living. So, all I can do is wait for them to be married until she finds a job that works with his and then must give them a couple years before the hoped for grandchild(ren), I am 69 in April, so I've got to stay strong and healthy if I'm going to be able to play with them as I've been able to do with our Nate and Rissa---see my Profile to see who they are and how much like grandchildren they are. Enjoy those kiddos! I've always thought I'd like to live in Maine, but maybe it wouldn't be what I've thought ever since I was a child. PeggyO
cllfdl rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 14, 2018
heatherc rated for Send My Postcard Back - Week 17 on Feb 12, 2018
Comment: I have received your card and it will begin making its way back to you soon. Thank you for the nice note and minizine. I enjoyed them!
Comment: Thank you for the little Valentine and extras! Grumpy cat is perfect for Valentine's, especially if you're single like me, ha!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard and journal prompt! I have not heard of movie pass. I need to look into that.
DaisyNY rated for Collaboration #50 on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: It's ... interesting. I glued down the moon and added another stamp as it's uneven. I'll post a pic before I send it back to Dave. I like your stamps, zine and envie ~~ thanks!
A123987 rated for Send My Postcard Back - Week 16 on Feb 7, 2018
Comment: I just got your postcard and will send it back soon :-) - Thank you for the extra postcard.
Comment: Grummy cat is cute. I don't fault you at all LOL. This minizine looks fun you did a good job on them.
Drvr337 rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Wow, thank you for the fun Grumpy Cat valentine. And thank you for the extras. I love the postcards.
Comment: Thank you for the Valentine and the generous amount of extras. Love everything!
Comment: Second swap from you this week an another great surprise! Can't wait to try out one of your family recipes: those crispies seem really nice on paper!
SwissChallet rated for Post a Poem # 3 on Feb 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for this lovely swap, Chris! I love the third stanza of the poem you sent... I also used to teach poetry, what a coincidence! And your minizine is so very neat ;-)
Comment: Very cool! Loved the TLC, too!
Mantia rated for Little "Classroom" Valentines Swap on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: I love your handmade envie! Thanks for the lovely atc!
KSENiA rated for Send my postcard back - Week 10 on Feb 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the recipe postcards. Both sound yummy - I should try them :) Your awesome postcard on its way.
Comment: So cute - I'm a cat person. And thank you for all the extras.
mamalynn rated for Pass and Paste #44 on Feb 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for a great swap plus extras! I look forward to work on the card!
MarieS rated for Send My Postcard Back - Week 13 on Jan 30, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your envie! Will send your card back today!
Comment: Thanks, cute poem. However, I eat ice cream all year round, no matter how cold it is outside. :-)

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saarva on Feb 2, 2018:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending my Alice card back and for adding that lovely quote, you're right: it IS perfect for the card! A pity I can not rate you for this one. But I wanted to give you a heart anyway, so here it is: ❤💜💛

LoveThis on Jan 12, 2018:

i received my card back, thankyou very much :)

HolgaLove on Jan 2, 2018:

Thank you for my postcard back! You have impeccable writing! It is nice to hear you had a personal connection with the San Francisco card. :) Sounds like you live in an amazing place! I'd love to visit Amish Country some time in my life.

liljennyfoofoo on Dec 14, 2017:

Hello 😊 Just wondering if you were planning on hosting another napkins to decoupage swap in 2018, it was such a clever and fun idea! I'd be first in line to sign up lol! Wishing you all the best and happy holidays!

LoveThis on Dec 4, 2017:

i received my card today, thankyou very very much :)

KSENiA on Dec 2, 2017:

Thank you for sending my postcard back to me :)

Juniebird on Oct 20, 2017:

"Picatso"... Love this PC! Thanks for being my unassigned partner in the PC Roulette this month, I enjoyed the postcard you sent very much!

TexyDeb on Sep 19, 2017:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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