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Last Online: October 3, 2023
Birthday: November 1
Country: United States
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About Me

I like to view the night sky and will gladly walk our dogs even when it is cold so that I can catch a glimpse of the International Space Station. I also like geocaching, kayaking, fishing, and playing Ingress. I walk on local trails and generally do physical stuff as much as possible when my body and the weather is cooperating. I have been mudding, priming and painting the room above our garage for the last 6 months, section by section, It's taking a long time but the sections I have finished look wonderful!

I have begun scrapbooking - though most of mine are more like modified photo albums. However, after going through my mother-in-law's pictures, i have really learned the value of journaling. I really would prefer my kids not to say "Who are these people, and why are they laughing?" It would be nicer for them to be able to identify all the people who have made my life as wonderful as it has been.

We now have three dogs. In December 2010 we adopted another Jake, this one is a westie-poodle mix so he doesn't shed, to keep our jack russell named Jackie, company. It had been just over a year since Jake the first passed away. We miss him a lot. He had some wonderful characteristics. He used to run from the kitchen into the living room area and just dive his head onto the carpet. He would get up and do it over and over. Very funny to watch. And sometimes he would sit up and throw his head up to the right and give a short, loud, bark to let us know it was time for a treat. And one of his ears would just tip down in the cutest way. I sure miss the old fellow. BUT Jake the second has many of his good qualities. The most important is that he likes to walk - a lot. Jake II starts scratching at the door at 9am and is not happy unless we walk for 2 or 3 miles. This is good because my husband and I are obese by modern standards (though Alexander McCall Smith would call me a " traditionally shaped woman." We may complain a bit but we are also very thankful that Jake makes us walk even more than we had before he entered the household. Then in 2011 on one of our walks another dog followed us home. After contacting the humane society and returning him to his home several times, the owner gave him to us and now Scruff is one of us. He is a Jack Russell/Wired Dachshund mix who is delightful company. (Update 2021: We now have four dogs. Jackie passed away in 2016 and I adopted Rosie from the local Oregon Coast Humane Society when her foster parents brought her to several local events and no one was adopting her. Such a sweet personality: why did no one want her? During the adoption process I found out they had her on special food for allergies. I took her off of it when the food ran out and she has been fine. She was just nervous about not being in forever home. Then six months ago a one year old Yorkie was surrendered by her family. I saw her and adopted her on the spot. Such energy and intelligence! Thank heaven my husband is a tolerant, dog loving man. She is so much fun to watch and her playfulness has brought our senior dogs back to life- and us too.

I am also into genealogy, and had researched my family history back to the 1620's while I was a night counselor at a Psychiatric unit (a great job!) and I am thinking that actually it is now time to start compiling the history of all these people. I have received the photo albums from my mother-in-law and my step-dad, both of whom passed away. I am sorting out the pictures to make some sense of their lives to send down to the next generation - ie my grandson, Julian, who was born in December 2007 and my second grandson Isaac born December 2010, and now my third grand-son Oliver. At my oldest sister's memorial, I got reacquainted with my half-sisters, and met a niece I had not seen before. Also collected some cousins on the trip across the country. It is nice to be part of a larger group of people!

My favorite colors are blue and green, especially when they are together, (another reason I love the Oregon coast - evergreen trees and beautiful blue ocean!) and I also love purple. But every color has possibility and a use. I'm a very plain person with plain tastes. I don't use perfumes or dress up my hair very often - especially since we get rather strong wind blowing through this area most of the time.

My husband and I have done a fair amount of camping - (we have an old 17 foot Terry travel trailer) -basically travelling up and down the western US coast, up to Chehalis, WA where my brother has a small winery (The Heymann Whinery - spelled that way on purpose as my brother is a fun-loving guy) and we help him with the crushing and the bottling. Our grown children who used to live in California now live within 15 minutes of us. What a blessing!

I am glad I have retired from the working world - there are so many things to do that require ones time! I no longer volunteer as a member of the Environmental Management Advisory Committee for the city of Florence. I had helped with the Recycling kiosk at city Hall and help with the planning for other projects. The city is currently working towards biomass waste conversion - basically making usable compost out of human waste and yard debris. Florence currently ships waste to a landfill 60 miles away - a terrible use of resources. The biomass project should eliminate that and provide compost that will enrich the land here.

I spend most of my time now working as the Treasurer for the Oregon Coast Humane Society. I have managed to get us some funds through the Paycheck Protection Plan and some recent bequests have allowed us to update the facility. We have great staff and great volunteers who keep the place going.

One of my newest loves is cruising. My husband and I went to Alaska via the Star Princess for our 40th anniversary (and his 60th birthday) and then Holland America's Westerdam took us to Hawaii and Tahiti for mine in the fall of 2012. Then in 2018 we took a 2 month cruise throughout the Carribean, then the Panama Canal, then up to Alaska. Great fun! and now I am still suffering from cruise withdrawal! Life on board ship is an incredible experience.

My other great love is quilting. What fun! I have fallen in love with fabric and have finished 4 quilts since taking a class September 2014. This includes the piecework and the quilting itself. I probably won't be joining any fat quarter swaps, though, I just really love the fabric that I have bought. It is hard enough cutting it up to put into a different form. To think of it leaving the house - impossible. Life is good!

Favorite Music

All types, though I lean towards 60-s and 70-s and new age. My husband usually runs our various music equipment so I really don't know a lot of names, but I like just about everything.

Favorite Movies

Kate and Leopold, Titantic, You've got Mail, Labyrinth, Serenity, Failure to Launch, Independence Day, Twister, The Quiet Man (with John Wayne). I also love Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

Favorite Television

My favorite show is Doomsday Preppers. I think a lot of the scenarios are ridiculous, but the skills that are demonstrated are worth knowing. Any survival skills one can pick up in this life is a good thing. Life is precious and our society is frail and nature is unpredictable so we all need to be prepared.

We also watch Bones and Big Bang Theory.

Favorite Crafts

Card making, making ATC's, and rubber stamping.! and I love working with rubber stamps and coloring or embossing the images. I like working on ATC's because it gives me a chance to experiment without a large time or money commitment. I have both a Sizzix and a Cricut, (which I have had since 2009, but am still a neophyte in its use.) . I've made a basic heritage album for my children and I am now spending a lot of time sorting and labeling other photos so that my kids know more about where they came from and why we are all the way we are.


I really enjoy swapping and have enjoyed corresponding with the wonderful people I have met on swap-bot. I usually mail on the last mailing date because I want to be sure I send the best I can do and I sometimes sign up for too many swaps that end around the same time (they are awfully hard to resist!) So please be patient. If you have not received anything 2 weeks after due date, let me know. The Post Office must have lost it and I will do my best to replace it. And if something comes in POSTAGE DUE, let me know. I Thanks!

FYI, the "!" I received was from a partner who had been hospitalized near the time she should have received my envelope. I've sent two others, knowing that she has been going through a hard spell, but none of them have been acknowledged so I don't know what the story is. I wish her the best and if this "1" keeps me from being in your swap, no problem.

As for the "3", yes, I did send out the item a day or so late, which I figured was better than sending out a piece of junk ("it could have been on time, but who would want to receive it?). I used to stress over these swaps, but I don't anymore. I do this for fun! So I don't sign up for so many, as tempted as I may be to do so (Thank you so much for creating the Watch list) and I sign up for swaps that have enough lead time so that I can prepare a nice package and letter. I also decorate the envelope (most of the time) I send you to make receiving the swap that much more fun!


It seems some swap hostesses require this so I thought I'd add a few ideas. Generally, I like rubber stamped images of all types, papers, and anything that comes to mind when you read my profile or the swap we are both in. I think everything I receive is a real gift - you chose it, you take the time to wrap it and explain it, and you pay to send it to me - that is a lot of time and energy. So, anything goes. Smoke doesn't bother me much - I just put those items out in the garage until the smell is gone.

Have fun ! Happy Swapping!


CMBOND rated for Bookish postcard swap on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and book recommendation!
junemoon rated for Bookish postcard swap on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the card -- the Post Office messes up the edge and bottom of the card so I couldn't read all of it. You packed quite a bit on the card- Someone else recommended Journey to the Center of the Earth -- something about Babylon got messed up. Not your fault. Thank for the card.
Response: It was probably the recommendation for the Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason. I think that book is the best for educating people about the basics of money management. "A part of all you earn is yours to keep."
stargirlstudio rated for Bookish postcards on Sep 5, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I thought it was so funny so thank you for the laugh!
Response: I have a whole book of bookish postcards called "The snooty bookshop" so I was glad to have a chance to share one of them. Thank you for the heart! (I thought it was funny too!)
carol rated for Postcards With a Prompt #181 - US Only on May 30, 2022
Comment: Love the PC you chose! Bad Writing course. So funny--and spot on! Sounds like a fun first job, too! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the ATC
Comment: Thank you for the postcard & the note!
SkaGirl rated for Brighten My Week Note Card March #1 on Mar 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you! :)
jm3712 rated for Happy Mail #14 on Feb 21, 2022
Comment: I honestly couldn't tell what the card is because none of the pieces are present and most of the ink on the back was smeared off. Thank you though.
Response: Wow, and that is for a postcard that went only 60 miles. It was a puzzle postcard with pictures of Oregon. How disappointing. A new card is on its way.
KatKit rated for Cover a Postcard in Postage Stamps! on Feb 16, 2022
Comment: Wonderful variety of stamps. Love the New Orleans card too. Thank You
Comment: Thank you, Sandy!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! It's hard to find enough stamps when the postage is only 40 cents. I enjoyed what you sent! I've only read one Diane Mott Davidson, but I have others. Maybe someday.
allisonhurt rated for Happy Mail #14 on Jan 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun swap! I love your newsletter type insert!
IDASHi rated for Happy Mail #14 on Jan 27, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail, I really enjoyed the letter with the pictures of your local landscape. I have been to the coast there in Oregon, it reminds me of the West coat of Michigan with all the seasonal residents and vacationers.
me2az50 rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 16, 2022
Comment: What did you do today? NOthing!
trishay79 rated for International PenPals - Fall 2021 on Dec 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Wishing you many wonderful road trips and happy quilting.
dakotadee rated for 12 Days of Christmas day 12 on Nov 16, 2021
Comment: package is here. I will wait til Christmas to open. I have never been to Key West but my sister/in/law has and loves it. Maybe do a tour to there in the future
Leekoba rated for CPG Sept Stocking Stuffer - US on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the stocking stuffers :D I can't wait to open them on Christmas! The Christmas card was nice too, I love it - Happy swapping!
mejulia rated for OFAP: Share Your Week #3 - USA only on Oct 4, 2021
Comment: Great swapping with you. As you say, it has been awhile so fun to catch up a bit.

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heliogal on Dec 17, 2021:

Hello swap friend! I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Holiday Season and Best wishes for 2022! Maybe we should do a private swap sometime next year?

takinley on Nov 1, 2021:

Happy Birthday

heliogal on Apr 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my profile!! It was such a nice welcome back as I also have taken many years off of swap-bot so it is a special joy to find a fellow swapper from back in the day Lol! I hope we can swap sometime too!

ladydy5 on Jan 26, 2018:

Welcome again to Make an Envelope group. I took am a "Traditionally shaped woman" love that. I lived in Melbourne Fla. for 35 yrs. now in Tennessee and see a lot you have done or am doing the same as my husband and I while reading your profile.

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


basykes on Mar 29, 2016:

Sending off my Reading List Quarter 1 now. I meant to include a note. I love Big Bang Theory too. We have also don our share of cruising, but I think we are finished for awhile. Have seen more of the world than I ever dreamed we'd do!

libertylithium on Mar 24, 2014:

Wanted to thank you again for the pick 3 swap for march! :) I loveeeed your note and everything you sent! you're so sweet!

Whippet on Mar 9, 2014:

Hello Sandy! Thank you for sending me the Oregon postcard with the rubberstamping! You made me happy to know you enjoyed the stamps, & extras for the swap. - Kathy

BlueberryLady on Apr 30, 2013:

Thank You for the Lovely Card and your letter for the Over Fifty and Proud Letter Tag... I love the design of the Egg Basket...Have A Wonderful Day.

LauraM540 on Apr 12, 2013:

Wow! Thanks for your generous assortment of stamped images for the Stamped Image tag! I love them all and look forward to making lots of ATCs with them!! Happy Swapping!

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