Swap-bot Time: February 17, 2020 10:34 pm


Date Joined: July 11, 2015
Last Online: February 14, 2020
Birthday: August 9, 1957
Country: United States

About Me

I am a wife, a mum of 7 (5 daughters & 2 sons ranging in age from 41 yrs old - 21 yrs old .. all who were homeschooled), as well as a gramma of 13 ( 8 girls & 5 boys - ranging in age from 23 years -18 months).

I live in Western Pennsylvania about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

I love to sew which is a good thing since it is what I do just about every day as I am a costumer with 2 local children's theaters/acting schools and I sew Early Frontier ( 1790 - 1840) reenactment clothing for a local company's inventory and orders.

Some of my kids and I also dress in costumes that we create and go to Renaissance festivals as often as we can. We've been going to the one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over 18 years and in the past few years have been to the St. Louis Ren Faire and the Great Lakes Medieval Faire in Ohio. My profile picture was taken at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

In the past few years, my 21 yr old daughter has been bitten by the Cosplay Comic Con bug. (Cosplay is when you dress as characters from books, movies and tv shows and go to conventions. We make her costumes together which has been a fun mother/daughter bonding time :) ) and last year my 25 yr old son joined in on the fun.

I am also an avid reader - mainly historical fiction and journals/diaries but I also love to read fantasy ( Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter etc ) . Some of my favorite books:

Sharyn McCrumb’s Ballad series

S.K. Pellman’s Welsh Trilogy

Stephen Lawhead’s Robin Hood trilogy

War of the Roses trilogy: Conn Iggulden

Kate Morton: all of her books!

The Education of Little Tree : Forrest Carter

I Heard the Owl Call My Name: Margaret Craven

To Kill A Mockingbird: Harper Lee

My favorite season is the Fall but I also love winter especially when it snows at night. Its so magical.

I love the night sky. LOVE watching meteor showers and enjoying the Moon.

I love history - I love reading and learning about the Westward Expansion.

I am also the family genealogist.

I love maps and always have as far back as I can remember! :) I have maps hanging up in my house - okay so they are maps of Middle Earth, Narnia, and a whimsical map of Olde London :) Give me a book with a map in the front and I am in my glory!

I love writing and receiving letters & postcards .

I am a tea drinker and have started trying new flavors ( in bags - I haven't ventured over to the loose tea side yet!) but I must confess I am not crazy about Rooibos teas so please don't send any with that flavor .

I have an eclectic taste in music - it all depends on my mood. I listen to Loreena McKennitt, Blackmore's Night, Birdy, Helen Jane Long ( contemporary pianist), Secret Garden, Gaelic Storm, musicals and soundtracks. And sometimes I revisit the early 70's and listen to the groups I listened to in high school - Steppenwolf, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Melanie.

TV shows: Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Criminal Minds, Flashpoint, Cold Case , Downton Abbey, Firefly, Merlin (BBC), Robin Hood (BBC) and currently watching Legend of the Seeker with my 25 year old son :)


velvetbunny rated for FALL IS IN THE AIR on Nov 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you.
pynart2 rated for A list, note & Tea on Nov 13, 2019
Comment: Love the list of books, looking forward to reading them. I love orange spice tea. Thanks.
Bookaunt rated for A list, note & Tea on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Paula - I loved your little note. I keep getting paired up with pen pals or the same people as well. The only book on your list I have read is Follow the River - Loved it. But I am going to check the others out. Thank you.
pynart2 rated for FALL IS IN THE AIR on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: The Hunters Moon, Oh My! Thank you my friend, Happy Fall, /
Comment: ♥ I very much enjoyed seeing you unfold in the pages of your journal. Thanks too for the tea. I don't think it is one I have had before so it will be an extra fun treat. Thanks for a great diversion today.
Response: I’m glad you liked it 😊
Comment: Thank you. It is a wonderful fall swap.
Response: Thank you - glad you liked it 😊
Comment: Thank you so much for all you sent and for what you wrote! Have a marvellous week :)
galadkria rated for Dear Diary on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!!! Just got this today
pynart2 rated for Dear Diary on Aug 1, 2019
Comment: Both your books intrigue me, I think I may have to read them Loved the PC.
shinyserra rated for It's Time To Write: Letter Swap on Jul 28, 2019
Comment: I will have to look for the Christmas stamps puzzle at Target!
jandmterry rated for It's Time To Write: Letter Swap on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter. Thank you for the book recommendations and the goodies you enclosed.
junemoon rated for Once Upon a Summer on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the memories -- I'm happy to hear there are fireflies where you life. I've been in conversations around here and we think the fireflies have been killed off by weed killer or some kind of poison. I haven't see one for a few years. Love all your long ago memories.
Response: Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my trip down memory lane 😊
jessnewson98 rated for BWPP: Be Bookish on Jul 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your glorious postcard! I loved it! I loved the washi you used as well, truly lovely! I hope you have a magnificent day!
Response: Thank you!
SeleneW rated for MJS: Magpie Time May to June on Jul 2, 2019
Comment: This journal is the perfect treat to flip through. I love all that you included! It is filled with such fantasy and love. I can see you put your heart into it! Thank you so very much! 🦋🌺💗🦋🌺💗🦋🌺💗
Response: I am so glad you liked it! I was worried I strayed too far from the ‘lines’ . I really enjoyed putting it together.🧚‍♀️
pynart2 rated for Note card exchange on May 19, 2019
Comment: Loved your Note card, always nice to here from you. Thank you for your support.Can't wait to read your books.
Rainydancer rated for Note card exchange on May 18, 2019
Comment: thanks so much!
caf1988 rated for CALG: Note card plus + 1 and a cuppa on May 16, 2019
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter :-). The tea party for your grand girls (love that title!) sounded adorable!! Yeah, I bet GA doesn't know what to do with a hot tea drinker; down here it's iced tea SWEET, lol.
Wingy rated for Mini Book of Quotes on Apr 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you ;) it’s true , I always want more books
BetsyG rated for Spring Post Card on Apr 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the post card of Daffodils. Ours are out, and the tulips are just starting. Crazy weather. The Phipps Conservatory sounds very interesting. Hope you had a good time there. Have a great day.
pynart2 rated for Spring Post Card on Apr 19, 2019
Comment: Loved the PC. I've gone to the Atlanta Botical Gardens many times, so i know what you mean, so beautiful.

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nytetears on Jan 2, 2019:

I got your penpal postcard today thank you so much for writing back. it sounds like you had a lovely and hectic Christmas. It sounds awesome!

angelgram on Mar 5, 2018:

☼ ☺ Gõť ťħě Ģeť Ŵęľľ Ħăƥƥγ МάιL ☺ ☼

Your letter was a delight to read and a day brightener and smile maker. Thank you for writing to me.

☼ ☺ Gõť ťħě Ģeť Ŵęľľ Ħăƥƥγ МάιL ☺ ☼

jaimierandolph on Sep 30, 2017:

Profile Check for:Letter swap #33 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy it and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

jaimierandolph on Jan 31, 2017:

Paula, I received your card today! Thank you so much for writing back to me! I'll be getting you a letter out sometime before Feb. 10th.

P.s. I don't know how you knew but I love those bears on the card!

Happy Swapping, jaimierandolph

FeltPrincess on Mar 5, 2016:

Thank you so much for your note :) I'm glad that you enjoyed the book so much! I will be having that teabag some time soon.

biasbabe on Jan 16, 2016:

Hello there, We live about a hour away from Pittsburgh. My daughter is a Floor supervisor and her hubby is a dealer at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and have to travel that each day. I live right beside the Ohio river near Wheeling, WV. Have a awesome day.

Kathy821 on Aug 11, 2015:

Welcome to Swap-Bot. I hope you enjoy every minute of it. Happy Swapping!

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