Swap-bot Time: August 9, 2022 4:52 pm


Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: August 8, 2022
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States

About Me

Nov. 2020: I'm back on Swap-Bot after several years off. Not much of anything below has changed!

I'm a writer and editor and only use my cell phone for texting friends. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, trying new things, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden or gazing at my houseplants.

I also love travelling -- so far, I've been to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, and China (twice!). Not much travelling in the US, though: New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, California, and Las Vegas. Hubby and I have a tuxedo rescue kitty named Jasper, no kids.

Apparently "rhino" has a political meaning, but that is not why it's my user name -- I just mean the animal. I really like rhinos, but I love badgers!

Oh yeah, and I think puns are awesome.

Favorite Books

I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), and romance. I prefer fiction that has a sense of humor -- not a fan of "women's fiction" or weepies.

Some authors I love are C.S. O'Cinneide, Naomi Novik, Cat Sebastian, Tessa Dare, Dorothy Sayers, Gregory Maguire, Jackson Ford, P.G. Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde, Tim Moore, Ian Rankin, Ellis Peters, Gerald Durrell, and Terry Tempest Williams.

I read a teeny bit of fantasty: Kristin Cashore and Melissa Caruso.

David Harsent and Kim Addonizio are my favorite contemporary poets.

I read a lot and can easily read a book in a day. The public library is my friend.

Favorite Crafts

I'm a writer, not an artist, but I've started making ATCs, art journals, and zines. I love exploring this new form of expression and creativity. It's really fun!

I do yoga and take ballet class over Zoom. I love modern dance, and the Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite dance company.

I play bass (guitar), a teeny bit of lap dulcimer, and I'm slowly teaching myself to play Renaissance music on the mandolin.

I used to knit a lot, but now I just have a lot of yarn, hah.

Favorite Music

I listen to music every single day. Right now, lots of jazz, world music, and top 40, but also stuff like David Bowie, Living Colour, Honey Honey, and Bad Joanie.

Favorite Food

I like everything, and love trying new flavors. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts and also has celiac disease, so if you send me any recipes, please make sure they don't call for wheat flour or peanuts.


I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I like tourist postcards, scenery, animals, famous authors or musicians, all types of art images (especially tilework and Islamic art). Cutsey is not usually my thing, although one of the things I like about Swap-bot is seeing what different people like to send, so if that's what you're longing to send, go for it! No crude, violent, or sexual images, though.


KatKit rated for A notecard with your favorite quote on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Great quote. Thank You. I also have some of this paper from Florence. So pretty.
Comment: Very cool cover papers on this journal! Thank you!!
Shellyr rated for finished art journal swap on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: Your ink page is fabulous!
Response: Thank you!!!
Katastick rated for INKY THOUGHTS on Jun 10, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your inky thoughts. ❤️ That Vintage Fairytale.
simcoe54 rated for CH: One Pressed Penny + a Coin #5 on May 14, 2022
Comment: Great pressed penny and coin. Thanks
KaliOya rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R68 on May 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing along this journal. I am looking forward to adding to it. Happy swapping!
Katastick rated for FPE: Pen & Ink Drawing on May 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing some of your art! Lovely swap.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Spring.
Comment: Thank you! It arrived today safely. xxMuggleMom
Comment: Thanks!
metrognome rated for CPG Where I Live PC - Global on Apr 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks, I love the beachy sunset picture. :)
Comment: O wow Janet, what an awesome card!! And I think your kitten is really adorable... Thank you so much!
Comment: HI Janet! Lovely to get another visit from you and I love your pc! So many books and so little time! Thank you for the congrats on our sweet grand baby! She really is too cute and I loved that I got to visit with them for a week, which of course flew by - sigh! They post photos or videos every couple of days and she is smiling already! Looking forward to visiting again in June, not to rush the time but... LOL! All the best! Hugs, Happy Reading, and Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. YES! Moonstruck is a great movie!
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #288 on Mar 31, 2022
Comment: Hi Janet! Thank you for sharing about your weekend and the cute paper that you used - I have a new grand baby, so anything to do with nursery rhymes makes me happy! LOL! I did see a theme and that you are blessed with a green thumb! That is awesome, as I seem to only be able to grown sunflowers in the summer - the rest of the time my plants are just not happy in the house, so have not grown anything inside for years! The shrimp burgers sounded interesting - I like my shrimp fried, BBQed, or sautéed so not sure I could do a shrimp burger, but that is wonderful and healthy that you all like fish and such - me, not so much! LOL! I am glad Jasper was feeling better as the weekend progressed - sick or freaked fur babies is never fun! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
SterlingRose rated for Me From A to Z on Mar 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the postcards.
Comment: thank you!!
Comment: Nicely done, I pass through there all the time!
photovivie rated for BLC: Show your shelf on Mar 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you soo much! I enjoyed reading your letter a lot! 🥰
Soapboxgirl rated for **Seed Packet Junk Journal** on Mar 18, 2022
Comment: What an adorable Mini Album!! I love the seed packets and all the vintage papers you used! Thank you for a wonderful swap!! <3<3<3
Response: I'm so glad you like it!!! Putting it together was really fun.

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Fritosmom on Dec 26, 2021:

Merry Christmas -opened your pkg yesterday. Thank you for Walk in My Combat Boots by J. Patterson & M. Eversmann. One of my favorite authors & great subject. Happy New Year!

yvonne401 on Dec 9, 2021:

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



ladydy5 on May 26, 2021:

Welcome to our group artistically inclined! Fun group.

Drachenfrau on Mar 17, 2021:

I'm in love with your beautiful Haiku on the frog-postcard! Thank you so much!!! ❤️

sammieianime on Aug 2, 2014:

Im glad you enjoyed the Mark Twain Quotes :D I was watching an old award show for Ellen and it was the Mark Twain Prize (some award). I thought Mark Twain had some neat quotes. I have done John Wayne, Dr. Suess and now Mark Twain....who will be next lol. Only the Sammie knows lol. Im sorry your partner flaked. However, I am glad I got to send you some quotes :D hehe. Hugs :D

arianneroxa on May 3, 2014:

Awh! I'm so glad that you liked the postcard that I sent, and I'm even happier to see that you'll be in a few of my upcoming swaps. :) Thanks so much for being such a great swapper. xo Arianne

FrancescaP on Jan 29, 2014:

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the fantastic teas, I received them yesterday and you truly made my day! It's the first time I see my name on the packages, it's such a sweet idea... I'm humbled by your generosity, thanks a million!!!

Havfrue on Oct 5, 2013:

Thank you so much for the Harrier Beecher Stowe postcard that you sent me. I am so happy!!!

lorettadog on Sep 18, 2013:

Thank you for participating in my very first swap! :o)

Sandy :o)

tingtinga2602 on Sep 18, 2013:

Happy birthday and may your wishes come true. :D

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