Swap-bot Time: August 20, 2018 4:54 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: August 20, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Swaps & mail

Updated & current as of August 17, 2018

Our mail has gotten less and less reliable over this summer. Even with tracking numbers, mail is going missing. So, sadly, I need to take a break from snail mail swaps until it is sorted out. I will be hosting and joining email based swaps for now, but not to 'pad' my ratings, just so I can continue swapping without lost mail disappointing either end. :)

Items that are mailed usually have an inaccurate post mark. If you're a post mark reader, I'll always be late, even though I usually mail out the day partners are assigned.

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! Seriously, if you are addressing mail to me, it's right there in black and white, typed out. Take the second to spell my name correctly! Thanks!


For swaps I host, I will angel all swaps, but you need to contact me to let me know you were flaked on! I won't chase you down to angel the swap.

About Me

I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling in my teen years, in the late 1980's. I'm not really looking for new pals, but if you read my profile and think we'd be a good match, please PM me. You can't plan finding a good friend, can you? :)

What I love most about swap-bot is connecting with people around the world, finding common interests and experiences. No other site will really help you 'meet' people in that way. That is what always drew me to pen palling and swapping FB's & xslips, back in the day. I've gotten some very close and long term friends this way. So, this is my focus with swap-bot. Of course, no one likes to be flaked on or to receive poor quality - well - anything. But for me, the goal is to connect with others. To communicate. If that makes me a 'bad swapper' or a 'poor host' in your eyes, well, then just move on. This is a hobby for enjoyment, this is an opportunity to interact and understand others. For me, this is about sharing - thoughts, ideas, mail, information - not about the getting - OR the judging of quality of another's art work.

I'm more interested in the letter, what the writer is telling me, than the gifts and tuck ins, envelope art, etc. Pretty stationery is nice, but not a 'must'.

In 2017, I learned of the Write On Challenge for the National Letter Writers Month of April. How did I not know about this before?!

I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance! Love the idea of this club, and would LOVE to send a pigeon! If you know what I'm talking about, send me a PM. :)

So, about me & mine: I'm 42 years old, 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 do have my own beliefs. 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 don't 'hate' anyone for who they are or what they believe, or any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman.

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. Swapping and mail should be - needs to be - happy. I have enough drama in my life as it is!

I do like to read, write letters, swap. I do some sewing, I knit a bit, I cook & take care of the house, the family. I do all the cooking and baking for the family, and while I can't say that I always 'love it' or 'enjoy it', it's part of who I am. I have a Traveler's Journal and am getting that system set up. But I don't decorate my pages - at least not so far!

We have used an online school for 8 years and counting now, first with k-12.com and currently with Connections Academy.

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. They don't lay on my desk or lap while I write or send mail, but they live here too, so the stray hair or dander may contaminate the mail. It's their house too.

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 like butterfly shapes, 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 :)
items designed by Laurel Burch; pens - (especially like purple ink - or business / promotional pens, souvenir pens); items with sun/moon/stars; Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp. Bast); I love old, abandoned buildings. I don't do the exploring thing (anymore!), but love to see photography of the abandoned buildings, etc. Old churches are the saddest, closely followed by schools;

Animals I like: sloths, llamas, cats, giraffes. Not much into reptiles or fish, in general. Prefer real animal pictures to drawn/cartoon types.

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, some Sanrio characters - not Hello Kitty as much, but she's ok. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat! :)

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(seriously, if you are going to 'surprise' me with address labels, please make sure my name is spelled correctly!)

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 try some paper crafts, I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do somejournal swaps. I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

Private swaps

I am open to private swaps! I don't mind doing International or newbie swaps. So, please send me a PM if you would like to do a private swap. :)

I would love to try Round Robin journal swaps, as well, with the right group of people.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Also love audio books

Books I like

It is, of course, difficult to narrow down just a few favorites, but I do love folk stories and fairy tales (like the real ones, by the Grimm Brothers, more than the Disney or Mother Goose versions.)

I love haunted house and ghost stories, always have. I love Egyptian mythology (Goddess Bast watches over me on my desk). Enjoy mythology of any sort, customs and traditions.

I enjoy memoirs and biographies. "Chaplin" by Charlie Chaplin was wonderful. "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah was great, and "Not My Father's Son" by Alan Cumming was great too.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is an all time favorite.

Agatha Christie mysteries (Especially the Poirot series)

'Buddhist Boot Camp' and 'Faithfully Religionless' by Timber Hawkeye,

I'm a fan of Stephen King ( LOVE The Dark Tower books). Love the way he weaves places & characters through out his books. Also a fan of his son, Joe Hill.

I read or listened to all of the Harry Potter books (& saw the movies), but preferred the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan more than HP. I think it was the mythology. :)

Book recommendations for my kids are welcomed too. Oldest son likes books like "Hunger Games"

Youngest son is very serious with his reading - favorite recent books were "The Complete Autobiography of Frederick Douglass", "John Adams" and "Truman" by David McCullough, and "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

Daughter recently read and liked "Carry On", loves the Riordan series - all of them - and A Court of Thorns series, among others.

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

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

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),

Stickers & washi

I still love stickers! :) I"m a child of the '80's, and had albums full of stickers as a kid, but they are sadly long gone. Now I use what I 'collect' for mail, letters. If you're going to send me any stickers, hopefully this helps:

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. No owls though! And none of those big-eyed distorted designs. Those are creepy!

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garifled, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show.

I'd rather not receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes (Dora the Explorer, Disney Princesses, other small child shows I'm not familiar with any longer...), big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.

I also enjoy washi tape, again to use to decorate letters and snail mail, but I don't collect it. If you're going to send me washi samples, maybe this will help:

Washi Tape

I don't use it in my planner or journal, so the worded tapes I have little use for. Please no Bible themed types - I can't use it. I don't care for emoji, especially the 'poop' emoji. I just don't understand that fascination. I also have no use for holiday themed.

I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen. 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. Any tape with bats on it will be passed on to a pen pal, who has a daughter who loves bats.


thegiantsmurf rated for PAL 5 - USA on Aug 16, 2018
1koolkrafter rated for 100 FOOD QUESTIONS!!! on Aug 15, 2018
oceanmeetsthesky rated for PAL 4 - USA on Aug 12, 2018
Comment: Cindi, it was so great to connect with you again, and I loved the Chicago architecture postcard. I really enjoyed hearing about your musings about your spirit animal, and I have similar sentiments toward sloths. My friend considers himself a sloth, but in the most majestic and kind-hearted of ways, and not with the whole "They're slow," etc. mindset that I feel plagues our thoughts about these sweet animals. Thank you so much for sharing, my dear. Have a great week and I hope to come across you again soon :)
Fabriqueen rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing with me! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you for the answers! I added some of your recommended books to my to-read list πŸƒ
BugLeigh rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 10, 2018
LilyPuBear rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me the books you love. An thank you for reminding to read a book I keep forgetting to pick and read The Secret Garden. I always somehow end up not reading this book, but it is on my summer reading list of books.
Response: That's great. :) I'm sure it's very outdated by now, but I do hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for the heart and rating. :)
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #112 on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Isn't it great that the Swap-Bot Robot assigned us as partners in different swaps?!! I loved reading about your binge reading weekend! haha! :)
Response: haha, yes. :) My book binge has left my to-do list a bit longer, but it was fun. haha. :) Thanks for the heart :)
mileymade rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 9, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating :)
oceanmeetsthesky rated for Mental health awareness on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you for baring your soul and your thoughts and feelings. I accept all of it and it's all valid the things you feel. I've dated a few addicts (and am sort of one myself) and my childhood life was not all that great, and I think it greatly contributes to our mental well-being. Thank you so much for your bravery and candidness. Without divulging too much of what you wrote -- I appreciate this and it gave me so much to think about. May you be well, my dear, and if you ever would like to vent or talk, email me. I'm happy to be here. I'm not great at advice, but I am a good listener (I think so, anyway). :) Sending love and compassion.
Response: Thanks so much for reading my ramblings. :) Although I don't generally mince words, it seems like when I write, all the raw comes out. Some people have been offended by that. I"m glad you're a brave soul to read my thoughts. :) Thank you, thank you :) <3
martieCZ rated for Stephen King Fans! #2 on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: Hi Cindi! Thank you very much for your letter. I really enjoyed reading it. It contained new impulses for me :). Thank you for this swap. I enjoyed writing letter as well. If there is another round, I am in :). PS: And thank you for extras of course ;).
Response: So glad you joined in and enjoyed the swap. I'm thinking September might be a good time for round 3 of this swap. :) It's been a lot more fun than I'd actually expected, and a lot more popular! Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I'm glad you got to challenge yourself with this swap - I tried to do the same :)
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
karenh77 rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 8, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating, and for the heart :)
SwanPrincessLeah rated for Book Lovers Day swap! on Aug 8, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating :)
dhulse rated for Interest me No. 61 on Aug 7, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating :)
Comment: Thank you very much for the envelope
Response: You're welcome, and thanks for rating :)
Comment: Thank you for sharing. The book sound intriguing, and I enjoyed looking at it through your filter.
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Reading this was interesting, and I"m grateful to the challenge for helping me to find it. :)
Response: Thank you for rating :) So glad you joined the swap :)
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations. I added some to my TBR list. I have also read NOS4A2, most of the Percy Jackson series, and The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is one of my favorites πŸ’œ
Response: Have you tried The Ocean at the End of the Lane as an audio? Gaiman narrates it and OMG is it ever good!! He's got an amazing voice. :) NOS4A2 still gives me nightmares, and Hill's other book, The Heart Shaped Box scared the socks off of me and my husband! Very memorable books! :) Thanks for the heart :) :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers. I enjoyed reading all of it :) Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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bblue on Jan 11, 2018:

Hello! I received your amazing happy mail! The clear envelope was very fun to receive, and the washi tape collage is now decorating my desk.

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending Christmas wishes to my daughter. She LOVES Peanuts and the Snoopy card is adorable! She loved the mail! Happy Holidays!

anrtist on Dec 7, 2017:

Thank you so much for the extra crafty postage you sent me! I love all the stamps you sent! I just love using them to decorate my envies and for making bookmarks and other crafty things too!
THANK YOU so much for the


Blessings! cc

TamiTam55 on Dec 6, 2017:

ChrisAnne on Nov 30, 2017:

Welcome to Planner Partners. We are on a bit of a swapping break until the first of the year, but please jump in and look around. If you are interested in hosting or have ideas for great swaps, please let me know.

simcoe54 on Nov 21, 2017:

Thanks for the envie of stamps. They have found a home in my collection.

Babsmomof5 on Nov 18, 2017:

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

racheljohnson on Nov 16, 2017:

It is so good to hear from another parent of boy/girl twins! We are so thrilled, but it is definitely not easy. I don't totally dress them alike, but sometimes they wear corresponding outfits.... they are too young to protest at this point. ha!!

ladybugluvsstuff on Nov 7, 2017:

postage stamps rak received thanks for the awesome stamps!!

bstrong on Oct 25, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending me the stamps, very cool, even the ones o the envelope. Greatly appreciated Γ°ΕΈΛœβ‚¬

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