Swap-bot Time: May 24, 2019 12:16 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: May 23, 2019
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of March 5, 2019

Hi there! I'd like to start off by saying that I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's with Friendship Books and the like, but I wrote to family members starting when I was about 3! Snail mail it is one of the few constants in my life. I love that with a note or letter, I can learn about a new country, custom or life style, meet a new person, and the world gets a bit smaller and less scary. I've been on and off Swap-Bot for a number of years, and think it can be a really great site.

But I'd like state that - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. I have yet to host or sign up for a swap and not complete it, I've rated everything I've received - or haven't received. But I don't immediately reply to a PM or comment. I'd love to hear from you, feel free to send me a PM or comment on my profile. But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm not looking for drama or complaints, no accusations and hurt feelings. This is my fun hobby.

I learned about the Write On Challenge a few years ago, and I LOVE it. Can't wait for April!

Just recently learned of the InCoWriMo 'vintage social media' challenge for the month of February and completed 28 handwritten, mailed letters in 28 days for my first year!

I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance and I recently founded a group here on swap-bot Reading & Writing for those who, like me, enjoy reading (or listening to) books, creative writing, and journal experiments. I love to join and take part in International swaps when possible just to hear about your part of the world. Even if it's in the US. :)

After coming across the Unread shelf Project 2019, I started a group called TBR Bookshelf as well, to keep me on track with my TBR as well as find others in the same situation. :)

I'm usually open to ideas for Private swaps as well, US or International. Just send me a PM!

Please don't feel you need to add tuck ins, if not specified in the swap. I'm perfectly OK with no tuck ins. Actually, I'd prefer no tuck ins unless it's Garfield!

And, although snail mail and pen pals are my first love in life, I need to cut back on pen pals, so I won't be seeking or accepting any new pen pal relationships. It's hard to say no to, but something I need to do. I will join - or host - a letter swap here or there in February and April or for letter writing challenges, but not for a new pen pal relationship.


After I drop my mail off in the blue boxes or at the post office, I mark it 'sent'. The only postmarks I trust are the metered strips from the post office. If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap.

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy!

I hate Face book. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I have an Instagram account and check it a bit more often - maybe monthly - but don't have 'friends' on either site. I'm fully anti-social media. Please don't ask me to be 'friends' or whatever on such sites, I don't use them. I recently heard a comedian say it's amazing how I can have 750 'friends' but no one to help me move the couch! That's how I feel.

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm turning 43 years old in January, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Western Massachusetts. I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. :) I have read a lot and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I am "LGBTQ friendly"

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog. I'd love to have a hamster, but Ben is just too predatory for small animals. :(

I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it. I'm also afraid of deep water and drowning, but I doubt you'll send me a pool, so that's probably ok. :)

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.

I would like

I prefer NOT to receive 'tuck ins' with swaps, But, if a tuck in is required for a swap,

I like trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes; I prefer silver to gold; My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel);

any Garfield item,

Love "Little Golden Books" of all types - books themselves and the related items such as post its, book marks, magnets. Esp love Raggedy Ann, Cookie Monster, Sesame Street, Garfield and Disney's Brer Rabbit & related "Song of the South" items. My dad used to read those stories to me, and they are very difficult to find.

rainbows, unicorns, llamas, bulldogs, hamsters, items designed by Laurel Burch; pens - (business / promotional pens, souvenir pens); items with sun/moon/stars; Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp. Bast); I love old, abandoned buildings.

Although I cannot read them very well, I LOVE tarot cards. I love the artwork on them, and would be happy to receive a random tarot card - maybe wrap a washi tape sample around it. :)

I re-use or re-purpose as much as I can, prefer used books, and LOVE any paper that's not made from trees. Love the Leaning Tree line of cards and products. Bamboo paper is the best!

I do like coffee, my family likes tea, and we all enjoy hot chocolate (though no artificial sweeteners) We use whole bean coffee, ground coffee, k-cups, Senseo packs, and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods! (My husband really, REALLY likes coffee). I prefer Starbucks, and am stuck in the land of Dunkin' Donuts. :/

I don't drink alcohol, and my guilty pleasure drink is Pepsi. (Or Vanilla Coke, when I can find it!)

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat! :) Please, NO OWLS of any kind

please do not send:

Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches), also please no scented candles, air fresheners, etc. for the same reason.

Items with my name spelled incorrectly

Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.

Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.

Favorite Crafts

I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do some journal swaps. I've made some Pocket Letters, but I think I prefer regular letters. My 'mail art' is usually limited to washi tape and/or stickers - or printed paper, as I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

I buy my stamps online, so I can get a good variety, and they come sealed in individual clear plastic 'bags' with a cardboard - I have started to re-purpose these as envelopes!

Planners I'm not a planner person, but have a Passion Planner - I do like that style more, the binding, size and basic design - as well as a traveler's notebook. Recently started a Bullet Journal and enjoyed The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll so much, I just bought my own copy of the book! Just doing the basic journal at this point, though. Not adding art and charts.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Also love audio books. I am on Goodreads, and I log in all my books there. Gave up on the 'book journal' as I do so many swaps for my lists and reviews, I was making several different copies. :(

I'm not a 'collector' of books - I like to practice 'catch and release' - I read it and then trade or donate it. I prefer to use the library and save the money!

Some of my favorite authors are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King , Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, Sarah Rayne, Sylvain Neuvel, The Grimm Brothers :) Rick Riordan (LOVE the Percy Jackson series and off shoots)

Some favorite Children's books are Original Winnie the Pooh, Where the Wild Things Are, Oh the Places You'll Go, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Harry the Dirty Dog, Sweet Pickles series, Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree, Raggedy Ann books, many Little Golden Books.

Enjoy books about: Haunted houses, ghosts, and fairy tales, mysteries, cozy mysteries, historical fiction or mysteries. I read some biographies and memoirs, but don't care much for self help style books. And don't read many sci-fi or fantasy. And really not a fan of Harry Potter.

I enter giveaways for ARC's on Netgallery and Goodreads. I seem to love the thought of pre-reading a book!

Favorite Television

TV & Movies

Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant

TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who, Northern Exposure, Broadchurch

Favorite Movies: The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove, Disney's Aladdin. Although I'm not a huge Disney fan, I do like enjoy many of the movies and have re-watched them all several times.

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma,Billy Joel, Daft Punk,Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers). Saw Imagine Dragons in concert in June 2018 and it was amazing! :)

Also like to listen to the PG Comedy channel on Pandora. Some favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan.

Stickers & washi

I still love stickers! :) Stickers I would enjoy:

Lisa Frank, Garfield (any, they are the only ones I actually collect & don't use), Scooby Doo, rainbows, books, coffee, flowers, stars/moon/sun, fall/autumn, trees, unicorns are ok, realistic animals like dogs, cats, llamas, giraffes, sloths. I have been a fan of Sloths, Llamas, and Giraffes for many years, and am happy with the images that are gaining popularity now. :)

No owls

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Muppets, Snoopy/Peanuts, Ziggy, Sesame Street (esp Big Bird and Cookie Monster)

I'd rather NOT receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes, big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.

Washi Tape

I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen. Blue, purple or silver colored. I prefer silver to gold. I don't mind glitter washi tape, as long as it won't "shed" on the paper or in the envelope.


kaicee118 rated for TBR: Pledge and read! on May 21, 2019
Karen07 rated for Commit, read, write, mail, MAY 2019 on May 20, 2019
Comment: Nice letter Cindi! Awesome presentation. Sorry you weren't too crazy about the book. I really liked the one I read. Hope the next one is better. :)
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your long and interesting email. It's nice to find another audio book fan! I don't think either of the books you listened to are quite for me (because I mostly listen at night, I tend to shy away from anything too scary. But I enjoyed reading your descriptions and comments. If you like the BBC Agatha Christie dramatisations, you might also like the BBC Lord Peter Wimsey dramatisations -- I've really enjoyed listening to them.
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: Poetry and letter swap! on May 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved the poem!
cauchy81sk rated for R&W In April I read ... on May 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks a lot! I'll come back to add more comments later!
Comment: thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter!
neea1989 rated for R&W: Childhood memories on May 14, 2019
Comment: What a fun swap to both send and receive! I'm not very familiar with most American toys or cartoons and other kids' stuff from the 1980's - I don't think I've ever watched any of the shows or movies you mentioned except Garfield. I do love 80's music though! And the penpal ads in teen mags - I wish they still had those! Although I can't imagine willingly sending my home address to be printed in a magazine anymore, who knows what might happen, haha. Thank you for such a fun swap! πŸ’–
Tigerlilyknotwise rated for Lots of Writing Swap on May 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the letter! I also love audio books, feel the same way about cooking, and oy! the moving. I'll definitely be checking out some of the book recommendations and making this meatball lasagna and the brownies...mmmmmm! Fun envelope of happy mail :)
shinyserra rated for R&W: Story Cubes story on May 8, 2019
Comment: What a great story! I felt like I was in that field with him.
Comment: Good luck!
Comment: Thank you Cindi. Always nice to hear from you!
tentmari rated for TBR: April update! on May 6, 2019
Comment: You made some good progress. 😊 I am listing to an audio book now; the first one in a while. Happy reading!
Bucket rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks! I also love audio books with the author as narrator. Trevor Noah's is on my list! I also recommend Becoming (Michelle Obama) and Creative Quest (Questlove) as author-read audio books. I'm sure that more book recommendations are just what you need...
Response: Oh yes, wasn't "Becoming" wonderful? I hope you enjoy Born a Crime. :)
Bucket rated for TBR: April update! on May 6, 2019
Comment: Nice progress for you this month! I love audio books too -- they make all sorts of activities (commuting, walking the dog, folding laundry...) into reading time!
fiorellaione rated for R&W In April I read ... on May 1, 2019
Comment: 47 letters! O_O you definitely never cease to impress me! Is Karin Slaughter a nom de plume? If not, what an apropiate name for the genre she writes! xD
Response: Karin Slaughter has a few series and then some stand alones. I think she's a crime/thriller/suspense type genre. I just saw that her new book, "Pieces of Her" is being made into a Netflix movie.
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: Audiobook challenge! on May 1, 2019
Comment: You did a pretty good job, especially for having problems finding books that were available!
Comment: I know all about shedding! My dog Pickle is a shedder and it just flies off of her if she's not brushed. So much sweeping!
Response: Have you tried vacuuming her? I did finally do that with Falcon - she didn't love it, but it was efficient at least!

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Katti on Mar 18, 2019:

Hello Cindi! Happy St. Patrick's Day! β˜˜πŸŽ©πŸŒˆπŸ’°

uliaya on Feb 19, 2019:

Dear Cindi! Thank you so much for angeling Happy Holiday Card Swap! I absolutely love all things you sent to me. Thank you very much again and wish you a wonderful week!

mrsD on Feb 4, 2019:

thank you for angeling the HHCS I was flaked on! so kind of you. cheers!!

Lillypooh12 on Jan 26, 2019:

Thank you so much for your RAK! It was incredible! I can’t beleive how much you got in there. I will enjoy using this so much. Thank you again!!!!!

groundhogstamper on Jan 25, 2019:

Your awesome RAK arrived today and I've enjoyed going through everything and will enjoy using all of these goodies. Thank you so very much.

glennasgarden on Jan 22, 2019:

Happy Birthday yesterday!

groundhogstamper on Jan 22, 2019:

Belated Happy Birthday wishes. Hope you had a great day!

cindygroet on Jan 21, 2019:

Happy birthday to you and wishing you a wonderful dayπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ€

mejulia on Jan 19, 2019:

Thank you for angering the Happy Holiday Card Swap. I enjoyed the swap and the card you sent to angel it was fantastic. I hope you do this swap next Christmas.

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