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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: August 14, 2022
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of May 6, 2022

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :) While it's neat to see the vintage stamps, I'm not a collector. All stamps from my mail go to Stamps for the Wounded & I'm sure they would love to see your vintage stamps, but it's ok to use the general flag stamps too. :)

If you are sending me a recipe, I prefer full-size sheets for the recipes. Then I can add them to my recipe binder. :) I don't use recipe cards or the like, and prefer typed to hand-written.

Feel free to combine swaps to me! If we are paired up for a few swaps, it's perfectly OK with me if you group them up. If send by dates are a little off, just let me know. Handmade is always OK with me.

ABC's of my likes, interests & preferences

A - astronomy, Animaniacs, Addams Family (TV show esp and original cartoons), Agatha Christie, audiobooks, American history, (US) Air Force

B - Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Bootcamp, blue things, bullet journals,

C - COFFEE, cats, Charles Addams, cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, A Christmas Carol by Dickens (& all the movies - all of them), Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), comedy/comedians, cooking (most of the time!), Clue (movie & board game), The Craft (movie), calendars

D - Disney (esp Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Brother Bear, and the Villain's - esp Malcifient & Evil Queen/crone from Snow White, Hades.), David Tennant (actor), documentaries, Dark Shadows (esp the OLD 1960's soap opera), Dracula (the book)

E - Edward Gorey/Charles Addams/The Addams Family, ancient Egypt/pyramids

F - fall/autumn, Fairy Tales & Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's), Family history, Friendship Books, fountain pens, Faithfully Religionless,

G - Garfield!!, Ghosts/stories, giraffes, Golden Age Detectives (Agatha Christie), Golden Girls, Goddesses/Gods, Greek mythology, Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas),

H - History (local, family, US/pioneer), handmade (willing to accept handmade cards even if the swap doesn't call for it), hamsters, haunted houses/abandoned buildings, holiday customs & traditions from other countries, History Goes Bump (podcast), The Haunting (book, movie and TV series), hamsters!!, History Goes Bump (podcast),

I - Iceland, Imagine Dragons (music group), Inspector Lynley (TV series), InCoWriMo

J - journals (buying, at least, if not actually using)

K - Keys! (decorative like skeleton keys or on washi, stickers, etc), Krampus, Knives Out (movie)

L - llamas, libraries, Lore (podcast, show, books), letters & challenges, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Golden Books, Laurel Burch (artist), Luna/lunar anything (moon)

M - moon & stars, moon phases, Muppets/Sesame Street, Movies, Monstrum/Storied on PBS, The Monkees (since I was 3!!), mythology, Midsommer Murders (TV series), Murder She Wrote (TV series), The Mummy (1999), mysteries, Mildred D Taylor, Mental health awareness

N - Nightmare Before Christmas, Nathaniel Parker (actor & voice actor), National Geographic, Northern Exposure (TV series), NaNoWriMo (maybe one year I'll accomplish it!), (US) Navy

O - ouija boards

P - Paranormal, Paganism, podcasts, Pepsi, pen pals, pens, purple ink pens, personal notes, Percy Jackson series, Poirot (TV series & book character series), printables (stationery, journal pages, etc.), playing cards**, Pink Panther, Peanuts/Snoopy

Q - quick mail?, quiche

R - rainbows, Rocky & Bullwinkle (original only), Robert Downey Jr (actor), recipes, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer (TV movie series), Rick Riordan (author, and Presents line), rubber stamps, reading, Ravens (the bird, not the sports team)

S - stars, sloths, Scooby Doo (esp from 1960's- 70's), Sesame Street, Simon's cat, Spiritualism, Salem Witch Trials, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, stickers, stationery, silver anything, Sherlock, Sleepy Hollow (book, TV show & movies), Shedunit Show (podcast), (postage) stamps - new, Snoopy/Peanuts, anything spooky

T - Tarot cards (happy to receive stray tarot cards), trees/woods, Tiny Toons, Tim Holtz & similar, Tim Burton, Travel Channel (esp Josh Gates shows), 10 Things I Hate About You (movie), tarot readings (feel free to do one for me!), Timber Hawkeye,

U - Unicorns, used books

V - Vintage Social Media (snail mail!!)

W - Wicca customs and practices, Write On Challenge, washi tape

X - x-ray images, x-slips (exchange slips)

Y - Yule, Yule Cat, Yule Lads

Z - Ziggy

**playing cards - I'm no longer actively collecting for a 'frankendeck' - I've built a few now already - but I will accept any with a design you think I might like from my likes above. And, apparently my card is the Six of Diamonds so I will accept any nifty cards for that. :)

Dislikes

Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.) No matter what you send, I will not give a heart if you spell my name wrong.

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

No need for planner items & stickers and would prefer not to receive extra stickers or washi

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

About Me

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, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm 46 years old , married 27 years this year, a mom to 3 (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, 2 are still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force). And now, I'm a VERY proud momma of a US Navy Sailor!

I'm an Aquarius, don't really follow horoscopes, but I am a star gazer. I love most things sun/moon/star related.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ+ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. (Click to link to see what I mean. This is a book title, one of my very favorites) :) I have read about 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'm co-founder of the Pagan Community Centre - if you are Pagan minded, check it out! :)

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. I'm not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. 2 cats and a dog.

I've participated in the Write On Challenge since 2016, and have done the InCoWriMo challenge since 2019! Check out my group For the Love of Letters if you like letter writing and challenges.

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while, when I have to. I use Instagram a tiny bit, but not very active. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Willa Cather, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore. Jennifer Weiner and Emily Henry.

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Faithfully Religionless by Timber Hawkeye Duma Key by Stephen King; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry; The Golden Compass (& series) by Phillip Pullman. The book that still 'haunts' me is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB group related to books & writing, Reading & Writing. I also have a group, For the Love of Letters for letter writing and letter challenges. I also love ghost stories and haunted house tales and am founder of a group, Ghosts! - check it out if you enjoy hauntings & cryptids.

With all of my groups, I ask that you follow the rules posted on the home page - if you request to join, be sure to follow those rules or you won't get approved!

Ratings, hearts & late

I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me. (for multi-partner email swaps, I usually wait to rate until I've received from all partners.) I'm not a postmark reader, especially with current mail issues, BUT - 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. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps I'm not Christian and do not celebrate that aspect of a holiday, so I prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones.
I do like the retro/vintage re-prints of Victorian era holiday cards. They are so creepy, they're great! If they're not printed right, somehow it's even better! If you want to make a holiday card 'spooky' - go for it! Not really a fan of Santa, heart shapes (though anatomical hearts are fine!), crosses, etc ...

If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.

Ratings

kelliegirl6 rated for R&W: What I read in July EMAIL on Aug 10, 2022
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Comment: As always, thanks for hosting! YES, you did read A LOT! Good job.
ChristyNichole rated for Private Listography swap on Aug 8, 2022
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Comment: The way you organized this made me so happy. And I adore the wax stamps. I'm so happy to have some. <3
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts about King's Christine. Horror is not my go to genre but whenever I have tried King's writing in the past, I've felt the enigmatic pull of his writing. Would you ever consider liking a newer adaptation of this book?
Ettoad rated for G: Halloween in July! on Aug 7, 2022
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Comment: I loved having Halloween in July! 🎃 👻 1000% could celebrate Halloween year round! You have mentioned your favourite podcast and I have listened and enjoyed as well 😺😸 So love the sticker sheet 🧡🖤🧡🖤 They’re going to have to be saved to used on something special!
lunatenchi rated for tLB: Chatter, Chatter on Aug 5, 2022
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Comment: Cindi, thank you so so much for all the Supernatural stickers and washi tape! I LOVE them! And I love the song Radioactive! Has it really been 10 years already?! Wow! Lol, your letter put a huge smile on my face; thank you!! <3
Maddashin rated for FLL: Favorite summer memories on Aug 5, 2022
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Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 🥰 always
theshyone rated for FLL: Write me a notecard USA on Aug 2, 2022
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Comment: Oh my goodness, you were right....I adored the washi! Thank you for taking the time to discover what would tickle my fancy :D But more importantly, I really enjoyed your note in the notecard. We are having a really hot and dry summer also, so I totally relate to your want of rain! Hope you get some soon <3
riviwriter rated for tPCC: Pagan Pen Pals July on Aug 1, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much! I had this tucked away in my desk to read and respond to-- heading to the coffee shop to do that now! Today is the first day of my teacher training for the next school year, so I like to start my day off feeling the community love and good vibes from penpals <3
Fuchsi rated for G: Monsters!! on Jul 29, 2022
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Comment: Dear Cindi, thanks for your awesome swap and the amazing Supernatural stickers. I will only use them for my diary! *.* Also you take an the wendigo is fascinating, what a creepy creature! (I've seen and heard about it first in an old Charmed episode, but Supernatural later on did the better portrait.) I think in European we only have his relative, the werewolf, but the legend about cutting a boy in the hand to test for fat reminds me of Grimms fairy tale "Haensel and Gretel". There Haensel is kept in a cage to be eating by the witch, ones he is fat enough, but he keeps showing chicken bones to the witch with the bad eyesight and tricks her this way into thinking he is still thin. Anywaays, what a fascinating myth! And a good reason to keep out of forests. ^^° Have a wonderful weekend. Yours, Maxi
Response: Reading so much about different monsters and cryptids and so on, there does seem to be a lot of overlap, and overlap with fairy tales, too. Wonder which came first? OR what inspired what else? Hmm! When I think of all the time I spent, walking around the forest as a kid, all alone - and that thing was out there - scary! haha Thanks for the rating & heart. :)
Cryptid rated for FLL: Not on stationery on Jul 26, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for your letter, and the stickers. :) Since you asked, lately I have been reading and enjoying a rom com called 'Great Sexpectations' by Kristen Bailey. It's fun. And my favourite cryptids is probably the Mongolian Death Worm, closely followed by the Yeti.
Response: I'll have to look for that book. And I've never heard of the Mongolian Death Worm! Might have to look that up it sounds ... awful! haha!
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Comment: Thank you for your list and all the goodies! Love love love those literature stickers. Going to have to find the best way to use them in my classroom! I, too, am in BOTM. Loved Lessons in Chemistry, which I also read last month!
Response: So glad you enjoyed the book stickers. :) I've been hunting for book/reading themed washi, stickers, cards, paper and I think I have too much now. haha I'll have to look for Lessons in Chemistry. :) For my BOTM selections, I usually either go for a debut author or an early release title, especially if it's a mystery. But I'm trying out some romances now and then. :) Thanks for the heart!
lefroggy rated for G: Tell your story on Jul 9, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the nice letter and extras, the last part of the music made me sad, its wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time, when family give you signs that they are still with us. I hope you are doing well.
Response: My daughter tells me all the time that I'm 'haunted, but in a good way'. I guess I am. I never really would have thought of my mom and music together, but there are a lot of songs that I associate with her. :) Thanks for the heart.
sebastian122 rated for tPCC: Pagan Pages on Jul 9, 2022
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Comment: Nice postcard. =D Thanks for such a fun swap.
Response: Glad you enjoyed the swap and the card :) They never have enough room for me! :) Thanks for rating & for the heart :)
Ang rated for G: Spirits on Jul 7, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great information. I'm going to research further as it intrigued me being Ukrainian folklore and I hadn't heard of it. Thanks also for sharing your extra experiences and decorating the envelope to match the theme. Super awesome!! I'm excited for future swaps too.
Response: I"m glad to hear you enjoyed what I wrote. There is a lot of interesting folklore worked in to many of these traditions. :) Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Hey Cindi, I'm sorry you had to resend your email. It's weird that it didn't come through the first time, right? I got it when you replied to my email though, so thank you! Also, I loved reading what you had to say and I thought it was awesome and just yes to everything you said! I hope you do enjoy what you have been reading! Stay lovely xx
Response: I'm just glad it arrived at last. :) Thanks for the heart :)
greenleaf rated for Introduction letter on Jul 1, 2022
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Comment: Hi Cindi. Thank you for your great letter😊 The envelope was wonderful with full of stamps and stickers. Thank you for the beautiful postcards as well. And I enjoyed reading your letter💌 I would love to write you back😊 Thank you again !!!
Response: So glad to get to know you. :) I look forward to exchanging many great swaps with you in the future too. :) Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Hi Cindi, Don't know why I could not receive this thru email probably something I did not know how to do But Pm ing me worked!! Thanks so much I think I would like the Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck series so I 'll have to check it out. For this swap I am still reading Eva by Peter Dickinson for this swap so far I like it and it gives you a lot of things to think about. Eva was tragically Hurt very badly and she is in a coma, her brain survived her body did not, so her parents decided to put her brain into that of a chimp. There were empty spaces in the brain so some of the chimps brain is in there as well. What a sci fi book but so far I like it. I am reading next TheChangleling Sea by Patricia McKillip and The keeper os the Isis Light by Monica Hughes. Thanks for a great swap and for hosting this. Happy Reading!!
Response: The Ghost Belonged to Me and a few other series were favorites when I was little. They are fun to re-read, when I can find the books. Your book sounds interesting too! :) Thank you for the heart :)
monsbrick rated for FLL: Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow! on Jun 29, 2022
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Comment: Hi Cindi, thank you for the rainbows and letter! 🌈
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
colleenbUSA rated for R&W What I read in June Email on Jun 29, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'm planning to read Book Lovers this month!
Response: I hope you enjoy Book Lovers. I don't read many of that sort of book, but I do like her writing style. :) Thanks for the heart !
Cryptid rated for R&W: What I read in May Snail Mail on Jun 22, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for your list. I read Molly Harper's Changeling too and really liked it. Sorry you had to do some less fun reading this month, hope you found the answers you were looking for.
Response: I think I read the first book in the Changeling series as well, but haven't finished it. I'm working on the Jane Jameson series too. Thanks for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

kiddomerriweather on Aug 14, 2022:

Thank you for the tiny return address labels, stickers and inserts you sent for my August WW! It was so nice to see you in my PO Box. Take your time and write back when you can. =D I look forward to hearing from you.

greenleaf on Aug 6, 2022:

Congratulations on your youngest son's graduation !

CraftyShana76 on Mar 24, 2022:

TYSVM for the PC! It wasn’t necessary but I truly appreciate it. And I did love it !!!

sassafrass on Dec 24, 2021:

susieq11 on Dec 22, 2021:

Thank you for the WW RAK!!!! W O W! I absolutely love everything - and there is a LOT to love!!! Seriously thankful for all you sent and for your generosity. I will be using everything : ) Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!!!! xoxo

simcoe54 on Dec 19, 2021:

Anyone need playing cards? RAK -- Thanks so much for the playing cards. I will be adding all of them to my collection.

Poohtat on Dec 14, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK of playing cards. Happy Holidays

Highlander18 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful package from WW Papercraft goodies!!

Poohtat on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful Papercraft RAK from WW. Love the pens and there is so many treasures in here. Awesome RAK. Happy Holidays

groundhogstamper on Dec 6, 2021:

Thank you for the big stickers RAK that you sent to me. I really appreciate your kindness.

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