Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2017 2:37 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: February 27, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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About Me

I'm a married mom of 3 teenagers, native of Michigan, but living in Western Massachusetts now. All 3 kiddos are in high school and doing an online school currently, called MAVA. ("It's not homeschool, it's schooling at home" - virtual public school, not a traditional homeschool). Wedding anniversary is March 25, 1995 - we're both originally from SouthWestern Michigan - and my kiddos were born Dec 4, 2000 and July 15, 2002 (twins).

My oldest son is physically disabled, and my younger son is on the Autism Spectrum. Getting through the day is sometimes more than challenging & emotionally draining. Sending & receiving some 'happy mail' is what I'm looking for. I have some long-term pen pals that are great friends, but sometimes sitting down to write a full letter is too much. Looking for lightweight International mail and fun local swaps.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Falcon is a Husky mix, about 7 years old; Ben is a Turkish Van (though no papers), almost 6 years old and Jack is a short hair tiger cat, almost 6 years old.

**I need to point something out here .... It really, really annoys me when someone spells my name incorrectly. Yeah, I know it's petty, but it's bugged me all my life. It's annoying to get mail addressed to the wrong name. You are copying down the address, please spell my name right. **

I'm a long-time pen-paller, started writing letters back in 1988 or so, and prefer old fashioned pen and paper. I discovered the "Pen Pals" series of books by Shannon Dennis Wyeth. Anyone remember those? I've been reading a lot in the recent years, usually mysteries, but there are lots of interests there.

Books/movies/TV/ music

I have been a fan of The Monkees and Menudo for more than 30 years! For newer music, I like Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga (yes, really), and some of Maroon 5. Kids are into Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, and that's grown on me some.

I like the show *"Supernatural", and * "Dr Who". All time favorite show is ** "Are You Being Served?" from the BBC in the 1970's - that show always makes me laugh!

Don't go for a lot of romance, sex, swearing, drinking, violence, etc. Not a 'goody two shoes', and not into 'inspirational' exactly, I just like entertainment.

Books: I have and have read all of * Stephen King, and his son, * Joe Hill. I've enjoyed the *Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, but feel like it's time to end that one.
*Sarah Rayne (a British author) is another that I follow. I enjoy some cozy mysteries, but am trying to mix others in so it doesn't get too monotonous.
**The Haunted Home Renovation series by Juliet Blackwell is one I'll always make time for, and really enjoyed **Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter Mysteries before the series ended. I love ghosts, haunted houses, old buildings & houses. The TV shows are ok, and I've watched those, but I'd rather have the book.
Listening to the audio books of the "In Death" series by JD Robb currently. Always on the look out for a 'good book'. I do enjoy some non fiction, some humor, historical fiction. OK, I basically read everything except romance, fantasy/sci-fi, and vampires. :)

I make simple books marks on occasion, and would enjoy a homemade bookmark from you, or a store bought one.

Favorites & what I'd like to g

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.
**stickers **letter paper, even if it's just one random sheet - I'll photo copy it. :) **Bags - tote bags, reusable grocery bags **Washi tape - getting into this, using it to decorate stationery & such.
**Coffee - not much into tea, but I'll do some swaps. If I drink tea, I prefer peppermint or fruit flavors. My husband prefers Earl Grey. I also like hot chocolate, but none with artificial sweeteners of any type.

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), Bulldogs (animal), Giraffes (animal), coffee, stationery (even nicely printed, free printable style), ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort), books & book marks, old buildings/architecture/abandoned buildings, Buddhist Bootcamp & Faithfully Religionless (by Timber Hawkeye), Ziggy (cartoon character), The Muppet Show (original ones), Colorado (state),The Dark Tower (book series by Stephen King)

Dislikes: anything with a strong smoke/cigarette smoke smell - very allergic. (If you're a smoker & we are partners, please message me before sending.) vampires, heart - shaped things, preachy religion, smoke smell, North Dakota, foul language, sex & violence in books/movies/songs

Allergies Recently discovered I'm allergic to: dust mites, mold, seasonal grasses, horse dander, almonds, bananas, pecans, strawberry, pineapple, crab, latex, gold (metal), and cigarette smoke.

Collections I don't collect much b/c I don't like to dust it or move it! :)

I save/collect Garfield figurines & bookmarks. Any & all stationery sheets, stickers, note cards, post cards with Garfield Daughter collects Barbie dolls & Wonder Woman, loves cats - except the 'big eye' type, & the adult coloring books Youngest son collects GI Joe (12 inch figures) items & equipment, loves older Superman comics, Mad Magazine Oldest son likes Star Wars things, Harry Potter, the sport soccer (getting to know the New England Revolution), LEGO

Misc ...

If you don't get a swap from me, please PM me and let me know. If you get something from me postage due, please let me know! I will reimburse you! I do not accept postage due mail, and don't expect you to, either.


As I said above, this is for fun, not work. I'm here to send and receive 'happy mail' and hopefully make some new mail friends. I will mail out before the due date or will contact you if that can't happen.

I rate when I open the swap. If you haven't gotten a rating from me, please contact me. I probably didn't get it. If you send me something that meets the requirements and it's on time, you'll probably get a "5" from me.

If I don't get a swap from you, I will contact you ONCE before rating. If I don't hear from you, then I'll rate according to the standards on swap-bot. I"m not 'free' with hearts, and I will no longer be bullied into giving them out!
I rate according to the standards established by swap-bot! If it's really late, I'll rate a 3, and I will NOT contact you a dozen times about it! If I don't get anything from you, you will get a 1 rating. Sorry, but my life isn't swap-bot, and I don't have time to chase you down to give you a rating!


Comment: Yeah I do like star wars and thank you so much for the stickers that u included
librarianwes rated for Send Something! #1 (USA) on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sending!!
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
slamophile rated for Lots of Mail: Washi #1 on Feb 23, 2017
Comment: Oh my Gosh! - What an amazing envelope - I did open it as instructed - Awesome. And - Thank you So much for the cute washi - and - super thanks for the extras/pc's! Thank you! Fabulous swap. Happy day to you.
Response: Glad you enjoyed what I sent. :) Thanks for the heart!
MisplacedfromPA rated for Lots of Mail: Washi #1 on Feb 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the samples and postcard.
Response: You're very welcome! Thanks for the heart :)
Mamabemus rated for Lots of Mail: Washi #1 on Feb 20, 2017
Comment: thanks for the postcard. Love the washi
Response: Thanks for hosting such a fun swap :) Thanks for heart :)
KSENiA rated for Quote On A Postcard *INTL* #2 on Feb 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for Lots of Mail: Washi #1 on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute washi tapes and stickers and the wonderful Massachusetts PC. It's my first from that state. Hugs, Diane
Response: Glad you liked it. :) Thanks for the heart.
Germanbaby77 rated for Lots of Mail: Washi #1 on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the fun washi samples! thank for the extras also!
Response: You are very welcome :) Thank you for the heart. :)
HeatherRenae87 rated for Homemade Postcard #2 on Feb 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome cards and the beautiful envelope! I got them right on Valentine's day, so that was lovely. I hope your Valentine's was okay, at least better than you were describing. Have a great day and thanks for making mine a bit brighter. :)
Response: I'm glad you liked the envelope. :) Thanks for the heart :)
kimt1989 rated for Would you Rather Round #8 on Feb 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your answers
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Joshcoop rated for Would you Rather Round #8 on Feb 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your answers! :)
amburrito rated for Would you Rather Round #8 on Feb 10, 2017
Response: Thank you for the heart. :)
AKTheresa rated for USA Blind Postcard Quick Swap #20 on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Thank you for the great card. It's the first Star Wars I have ever seen. A great new on for my collection.
Response: I was surprised to find old-school Star Wars cards, too. Glad you liked it. :) And thanks for the heart!
Pink74 rated for NoteCards Swap on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Wow thank you love the cards my favorite is the field then the seal !!
Response: Glad you liked them :) Thanks for the heart
pbcquiltlover rated for Washi Swap # 4 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: What adorable owls! Love the assortment - thanks so much!
Response: Glad you liked them. :) Thanks for the heart!
SuMay rated for Send a Naked Map Postcard #1 on Feb 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your postcard. The black-capped chickadee is similar to our European great tit.
Response: Glad you liked the card. :) Lots of chickadees around here - my cat loves them :) Thanks for the heart
Comment: Thank you for the quirky PC. It gave me a good laugh the day it came in.
Response: I'm glad you liked the quirky card. :) Thanks for the heart!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)

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kittyhahahotbot on Feb 14, 2017:

widelo123 on Jan 27, 2017:

Birthday Wishes

Cindi, thank you for the birthday wishes card and extras. The Massachusetts postcards brought me a little homesickness. I guess once a Massachusetts resident for 67 years, I will always still call it home. Shirley

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jan 25, 2017:

I mailed your letter today for the Write a letter quick swap 3

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jan 22, 2017:

YES, this was a super fun swap

We will do this again for sure

eel on Jan 21, 2017:


Grattis på födelsedagen! 🎉 🎂 🎉🎉🎉

Hope it was a great day.


jaimierandolph on Jan 7, 2017:

Profile Check for Any kind of washi !!!! Welcome to the swap!

joppagirl on Jan 5, 2017:

Its good to see you back in the swapping world!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 3, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


RyeRye on Sep 29, 2012:

JensTreats on Sep 9, 2011:

Thanks so very much for the sock monkey- I want to email you a photo if you don't mind? Thanks again, jen

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