Swap-bot Time: September 20, 2021 1:08 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: September 18, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of July 7, 2021

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.

Please print my mailing address & name EXACTLY as it appears in the system! My post office is picky and sometimes will not deliver mail when written differently. "JBLM" is the correct 'city' name. I wouldn't want your swap to be returned or not delivered because it was written differently! If you would like to check the USPS directions for addressing an envelope, that can be found HERE

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. :)

Likes Garfield!! (Been a fan since I was very little and always love to find anything Garfield themed.) Books (prefer used paper backs to new or ebooks), unique bookmarks, stationery items (pens, stickers, washi, paper). History - local history, family history, revolutionary war era and pioneer days especially. paranormal stuff - especially ghosts - stories, podcasts, shows, experiences


moon & stars, rainbows, coffee themed, anything book themed. Cats over dogs, hamsters, trees, fall/autumn, sloths, giraffes, llamas, (been a fan of llamas, sloths and giraffes since I was a very little girl.) The Little Prince, Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. Journal cards. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work, also Tim Holtz.
Cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, tarot cards, Ouija boards, haunted houses, ghosts & the like. I'm not a fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy a lot of images from that holiday & time of year. Just nothing bloody, gross or zombies.

Fairy tales and Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's fairy tales), holidays & customs from other countries. Spiritualism, Wicca, fortune telling, Paganism are interesting themes to me, as well as Buddhism. Tarot cards & fortune telling images, (I welcome any stray Tarot cards if you have leftovers that you do not need/want/use. I don't use them, but I love the artwork.) Salem Witch Trials

Tuck ins/extras: If a swap calls for extras or tuck ins, I would prefer to receive bookmarks (esp the local library type or the free promotional bookmarks that are sometimes handed out or book promo types). or any tarot cards Otherwise, I'd prefer not to receive extras & tuck ins I have far too many postcards and stickers!

TV/movies: Shows I enjoy, re-watch or follow: Supernatural, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Northern Exposure, Murder She Wrote, Sherlock, Dr Who (David Tennant years), Golden Girls, Broadchurch, Poirot, Travel Channel shows with Josh Gates, Ghost Hunters & similar shows (but not Ghost Adventurers).

I think the only thing I follow on You Tube is "Ask a Mortician" with Caitlin Doughty.

Movies: The Mummy (1999), The Haunting (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer, Sleepy Hollow, Knives Out

Disney: Especially: Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Actors/actresses: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Nathaniel Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury

Music: The Monkees (since I was about 3 years old), Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Counting Crows, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, when I was a kid). Also 1980's & 1990's music

Comedians: Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan, Gabriel Iglesias.

Podcasts: I've been listening to several podcasts, and some that I've found to really love and enjoy are: Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, American Shadows, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student, Shedunnit Based on this list, if you think I would enjoy podcasts you listen to, please let me know. :)

Games I play a mobile game, Disney Hero's with my husband, also Simon's Cat and Garfield mobile games, but I'm not really one for video games overall. Would play board games, if I had anyone to play them with! always loved Monopoly and Yahtzee, Life, checkers & Chinese checkers, Jenga.


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.

Religious information - I'm cool w/ my beliefs, not interested in preaching.

Please no food items - if a swap calls for something, only a factory sealed tea bag, please.

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 unless it's a part of my likes.

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 45 years old , married 26 years this year, a mom to 3 teens (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, they all still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force).

I'm a member of Our Revolution, and happy with the current Presidential Administration.

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'. :) 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 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! I LOVE the USPS - yeah, they have issues, but how else can you meet the world, one little postage stamp at a time?! :) Support the USPS!!

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. Historical fiction (esp American & Czech, pioneer America era, Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt), memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history (Recently found out I'm related to Anne Bradstreet, which I find thrilling!)

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore.

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; Duma Key by Stephen King; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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

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.

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 Prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones
Anything that represents the holiday that is non-traditional is very welcomed! I'm not Christian and do not care for that type of card, but will not rate down if that's what you send.
If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.


ariestess rated for tPCC: Mabon greetings on Sep 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the kind profile message and greeting! Happy Mabon!
AzEkologi rated for tPCC: Mabon greetings on Sep 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the kind holiday blessings. ~ Rick
Comment: Thanks for your update and hope you're doing well!
Comment: I’m glad you wrote about mysteries. I don’t read very many, but I have one in a challenge I’m doing, so I added The Mysterious Affair at Styles to my TBR. :) Stickers we’re super cute!
KSENiA rated for R&W: What I read in August - EMAIL on Sep 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for tPCC: the KMT cafe on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Me too! I love documentaries about ancient Egypt too. I love the food and culture too ! Id love to go back in time and visit ancient Alexandria !
Fuchsi rated for R&W What I read in August Snail Mail on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Hello Cindi, thanks for your awesome swap and the cute ghost stickers! ^-^ You're right, this is really a long reading list and Jane Eyre was boring for me, when I had to read it for schools years ago, too. Now it's quite interesting. Only the worst school book in German class, "Effi Briest" by Theodor Fontane didn't became any better by the years... XD Have a great day! Yours, Maxi
Karen07 rated for R&W: July & August Journal on Sep 10, 2021
Comment: Got the journal and just glancing through it so far. Thanks! It looks great! I am stunned by the fact that those brochures were just - somewhere? - for over a year. In any case, I am glad that I did finally get them because they look really cool. I am a real sucker for travel brochures and hope that soon I am out on a trip and haunting a visitor's center somewhere.
Response: Yeah, the package didn't have any marks on it as to where it was hanging out - I used a flat rate mailer, one of the document ones, so maybe that's why it didn't get to you? Who knows? I kinda think it was here at our base PO b/c they sent me a coupon for postage reimbursement the next day. It's a mystery Scooby Doo! Most of those are things I picked up when we stopped at hotels for the night, rather than places we have actually gotten to go to. :( Thanks for the heart :) And it's good to know it actually arrived - this time! :)
KSENiA rated for R&W What I read in July - email on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing and sorry for the late rating.
Comment: Hey, congratulations on your progress! You might finish with the list as it is now during next month =) A good excuse to add more books xD
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Comment: What did you think of The Final Girl Support Group? I DNF'd it, what about Isn't It Bromantic? It's on my list
Comment: Thanks for hosting. That’s QUITE a long list indeed! Good job!😀
Mjausson rated for tPCC: swap idea postcard on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your thoughtful letter!
Comment: Thanks for the journal and the extra goodies. I will check out that podcast - thanks!
CapitanSmirk rated for G: My story on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter, I love the Scooby theme! I also really like The Haunting of Hill House and grew up watching Scooby re-runs! I hope you're doing well!
PrincessLeia rated for tPCC: August celebrations on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your PC and message. I havent made bread since i gave my breadmaker away about 10 years ago! I remember when i was a child and dad got called out in the night to fix something at the bakery, he would come home with piping hot bread fresh out of the oven and we would spread on the butter and watch it melt and then put some vegemite on it - it was so yummy!
Response: I bought a breadmaker a few years ago and still use it a lot in the fall and winter, when we have lots of soups and stews for dinner. But our houses usually seem to be too chilly or drafty to get bread or yeast things to properly rise. :( The bread maker makes it SO much easier! :) Thanks for the heart :)
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: It made me so happy! on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: It was so nice to read through this, Cindi! I really loved reading what swaps made you happy and it made me smile the whole way through. It is truly lovely when people just make something that little bit extra special for you <3
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: In May I read .... EMAIL on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Sorry for taking so long to rate you, Cindi! Thanks for sending what you read through! I think I'm going to add one or two of them to my TBR. Hope you're doing okay!
Fuchsi rated for G: Cryptids and Monsters on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Hello Cindi, it's always wonderful to find another swap of you in my mailbox! ^.^ I must confess: I'm also not the biggest fan of cryptids and monsters, even so I learnt to enjoy them, like in the TV series "Supernatural". And just like you, I liked the first seasons most, but was also hyped for the first fight against Luzifer. Bigfoot on the other hand... nah, he never became soo popular in Germany (or maybe Europe in general, Idk), but Nessie is famous and well beloved. XD As a teen I was more Team_Vampire, but later settled in the middle of it, between Team_Werewolf, too. *g* But overall I wasn't as much in Vampires and Werewolfes combined as maybe into ghosts or angel/demon-stories. So I feel with you. ^.^ Thanks for this awesome letter and the great swap idea in general! Have a great day, Maxi
Response: I am a fan of Supernatural! Some of the monsters they fought I thought were well researched and I'm a total nerd for the lore. :) Dean's pretty cute too. ;) I never really liked all the 'monsters' and all that, or vampires, aliens, etc, but you can't avoid them, I guess!

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ariestess on Sep 18, 2021:

Happy Autumnal Equinox and Merry Mabon! I hope you have a truly lovely harvest, a smooth and stressless rest of 2021, and a blessed and happy 2022. Blessings to you! aj

AzEkologi on Sep 17, 2021:

Merry Mabon! "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree" (Emily Bronte). May you have a blissful rest of the year. Best, Rick

Leekoba on Jul 30, 2021:

Thank you for the postcard :)

PrincessLeia on Jun 22, 2021:

Thanks for an awesome RAK! I love all the halloween stickers and PCs. And I Really LOVE all those starwars stamps. Im going to have to rewatch them and workout where the other droids fit in! THANKYOU!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

patricia8288 on May 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome mental health rak. Good vibes😊❤️

MamaD on May 25, 2021:

Thank you so much once again for your awesome and generous RAK from the PF Mental Health Journal giveaway!! I actually should have received it several days ago apparently, but the post office put the slip in the wrong box!! Luckily the person receiving it saw it wasn't theirs! Thank you again!!

MamaD on May 18, 2021:


Thank you so very very much for the wonderful assortment of teas!! I cannot wait to try them! They will be put to good use!! Thank you again for your kindness! I really needed that pick me up!!

Poohtat on May 14, 2021:

Wow, thank you for the very generous tea RAK. There are some yummy ones in here. My husband is going to love the double bergamot and the Celestial Seasonings. I'm more a black tea person, so we are both going to enjoy tea while sitting out on the porch. Thank you.

sebastian122 on Apr 24, 2021:

Got the coolest card today! Thank you for thinking of me, and for sharing. You made a glorious day even better. XOXO

Natasa on Apr 8, 2021:

thank you for the birthday wishes.

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