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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: April 28, 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 are a military family, (since Oct 1st, 2002).

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong.

**I'm afraid of owls. Yes, really. Yes, even the cartoony ones. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it. Yeah, sometimes I use envelopes and such with owls, but just to move them on - I seem to get sent a lot of owls. :( **

My daughter (2002) would very much like a pen pal her age. She's not as interested in texting, and would rather write real letters and 'really get to know someone'. PLEASE contact me if you have a teen in your life who is interested. :) she's also artistic and would probably be more crafty if she had a crafty mom!

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. (The dog, Falcon, has made 5 moves with us, and the cats 4 moves.)

I'm a long-time pen-paller, started writing letters back in 1988 or so, and prefer old fashioned pen and paper.

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 kiddos are really into Dr Who, so it's rubbed off on me a bit. I like Sherlock, as well, and am making my way through Grimm and Sleepy Hollow, and about to finish Haven . All time favorite show is ** "Are You Being Served?" ** from the BBC in the 1970's - that show always makes me laugh! And a guilty pleasure fan of Dark Shadows (the original soap opera from the 1960's). 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. And I seriously dislike vampires - except the original Dracula. I have no interest in sappy, brooding vampires - sparkly or not - and the women who fawn all over them. Ghosts, now - that's a different story. :)

Books: I have and have read all of * Stephen King, and his son, Joe Hill. I like the Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton - I think I'm more Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie than Stephanie Plum. I like the mystery without all the sex and drama. *Sarah Rayne (a British author) is another that I follow. All time favorite book/story is Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Also love the original Grimm Brother's Fairy Tales - those old superstitions and folk lore always grab my attention. :) 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.
Love listening to audio books! The BBC radio dramas of Agatha Christie are the best. :)

Movies Favorites are: Emperor's New Groove, The Haunting (both 1963 version and 1999), Sleepy Hollow, 10 Things I Hate About You, Far and Away.

Favorites & what I like

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

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), cats (just no big-eyed ones), Hamsters (animals), coffee, stationery, ghosts, haunted houses (stories, not the Halloween sort), 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: OWLS!!!!, 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, big-eyed creatures, 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

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

Favorite Crafts

I"m not a crafty person or an artistic person. I enjoy making my own envelopes and decorating with washi tape, but that's about as creative as I get.

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com/

Ratings

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 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.

Ratings

Vickimac rated for Cinco de Mayo recipes on Apr 28, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for all the yummy recipes!I am going to try a few of them next week! My fam loves spicy AND Mexican food, and these all look very kid friendly so THANK YOU for that!!!! :)
JessieB15 rated for Let's Get Washi! 2 on Apr 27, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the washi. I like the owls and the houses!
brooklynbunch rated for a poem a day on Apr 27, 2017
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Comment: Thanks for the journal--love the little kitties. I included some of the same poets in my journal (Hughes, Dickinson, Frost, Silverstein). Also like the postcards. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Silverstein has been a favorite as far back as I can remember! :)
IrishPixie rated for Washi Washi! 4 on Apr 25, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely washi!! You sent a lovely selection! I also loved the envie it's so creative! :)
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
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Comment: Thank you! Interesting books!
Response: Hope the ideas help :) Thanks for the heart :)
Sabbe77 rated for Let's Get Washi! on Apr 21, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the washis 😊 Lovely decorated envelope 😊
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #1 on Apr 20, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much! I enjoyed reading your answers. Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: I so enjoyed your letter.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
TriniH rated for The Penpal Project on Apr 18, 2017
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Comment: Got your fantastic letter. I'm working on a response!
Response: Great! Thanks for the heart!
SMaria14 rated for Let's Get Washi! on Apr 18, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for my washi tape samples! They are beautiful! Thank you for the extra one as well!! :D
Response: Glad you liked them. Thanks for the heart :)
ToujoursMoi rated for Write On Challenge swap #1 on Apr 16, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and the lovely bookmark πŸ’•
Response: I enjoyed your letter as well. Thank you for the heart :)
MCGalaxy rated for Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #1 on Apr 11, 2017
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Comment: So sorry for the delay in rating. My email seemed to be hiding your message
Response: Glad you found it. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Paula71 rated for Weekend Washi! #3 (USA) on Apr 11, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cute washi tape. They were all new patterns for me. :)
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Eudaimonia rated for Write On Challenge swap #1 on Apr 11, 2017
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Comment: Thank you very much for your long letter and the lovely Australian bookmark, I loved it. I would love to have a new penpall, so I will write you back soon. Kind regards, Angelique
Response: I'm glad you liked the bookmark. Thanks for the heart :)
jaimiemarcotte rated for Write On Challenge swap #1 on Apr 10, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!! Good luck in the challenge!! Jaimie
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Nice card, thank you. I did enjoy Mass. on a visit, need to go back!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
spicemom rated for SWAPS-March Dear Diary Swap on Apr 8, 2017
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Comment: Hi Cindi Thank you I love the diary I enjoy reading your diary Spicemom
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Merrykerry rated for Write On Challenge swap #1 on Apr 8, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your letter. And the bookmark. Love to be penpals... I'll write back!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
dipe73 rated for Washi Washi! 3 on Apr 7, 2017
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Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Stahlrala rated for Wishy washi tape swap on Apr 7, 2017
5
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Comment: thanks
Response: Thanks for the heart :)

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Comments

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Apr 2, 2017:

SWAPS-March Dear Diary Swap

Hello, I mailed this swap to you on Friday 3-31-17 please let me know when you get it, the person at the post office didn't seem like he knew what he was doing. I am kind of worried about it :) Thank you

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CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Mar 20, 2017:

Vickimac on Mar 14, 2017:

Vickimac on Mar 14, 2017:

miablancs on Mar 14, 2017:

Welcome to the group Joy of Penpalling Worldwide. Please could you go to the group forum section of the group and fill out the Questionnaire. Thank you and Happy Swapping!

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:

Hej,

Grattis pΓ₯ fΓΆdelsedagen! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Hope it was a great day.

eel

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