Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 12:48 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: January 14, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of January 6, 2021

I would rather not receive 'extras' or tuck ins, unless required by the swap. Thank you.

Please no owls!


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), bookmarks, stationery items (pens, stickers, washi, paper).

images: moon & stars, rainbows, coffee themed, anything book themed. Cats over dogs, hamsters, trees, fall/autumn, sloths, giraffes, llamas, Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work.

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, 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). Magnetic ones are awesome, too! I Love bookmarks from local places, promos for books and such, anything usual and unique. Something I can't just buy at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, I'd prefer not to receive extras & tuck ins

TV/movies: 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). Movies: The Mummy (1999), The Haunting (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue

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

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, so that lingers). Also 1980's & 1990's music

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

Podcasts: Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student.


Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.)

Anything with cigarette smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines

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.

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. And as much as I love snail mail & swapping, - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. 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 45 years old , married 26 years this year, a mom to 3 teens (18 & older now!) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force)

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 Face book. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I'm fully anti-social media.

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. Historical fiction (esp American & Czech, pioneer America era, Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt), memoirs, Audiobooks

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

I'm a member of Good Reads, I have done the Unread Shelf Project since 2019 and am founder of 2 SB groups related to books & writing, Reading & Writing and TBR Bookshelf. I did the Popsugar Challenge in 2020 & again in 2021, and am doing the ReadChristie2021 challenge.

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.

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps Prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones Peanuts/Snoopy or Dr Seuss themed holiday cards are perfectly acceptable. Anything that represents the holiday that is non-traditional is very welcomed! Example: Krampus in December, any & all Pagan/Wiccan traditions, local legends.
If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.


CraftyShana76 rated for R&W: Sci-Fi book day on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Yes it was a nice challenge. I’m not a sci-fi reader either. But a nice change. Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Amazing job! Thanks for hosting these wonderful swaps!
TamiHope rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #1 on Jan 13, 2021
Comment: Hi Cindi! Thank you so much for the cheerful, sweet Valentine card...and for all the extras! It was very fun to receive. Tami
draco rated for Build my recipe book Salads on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: can't wait to try them
monsbrick rated for TBR: Unread shelf project December on Jan 10, 2021
Comment: Hi Cindi, received a postcard from you! Thank you! And yes, these Choose your own adventure books are fun. I need more of that in my life lately, as things seem so out of my control...kind of adventures these days.
Response: I loved Choose your own Adventure books when I was a kid, and found a couple last year, and they fit the category pretty well. It was fun to re-read those and make the choices through the books. It was fun & relaxing to read those - might need to read a few more to start the year! ((Hugs)) thanks for the heart :)
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing! You have a cute cat!
Response: **HE** thinks he's very cute! he even likes to take selfies (though they are usually of his ear, because he touches to button with his nose!) :) He was in the right place at the right time. Thanks for the heart :)
Eulegirl rated for R&W: In November I read ... on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your list of books--I've read some Christie, and I definitely need to read more! I read book 8 of the Plum Series. I got a box of the books from eBay like 10 years ago, and every once in a while I grab one out and read it. Thanks for the stamps, too!
Response: I didn't like Christie for a LONG time, but now I'm totally in love with her writing. The audiobooks really grab me, too. :) She really was a master! :) And the Plum books .... eh. I've read them all, but after book 8 or so, it was just the same thing again and again, or so it seemed. There doesn't seem to be any progression in her character or the story line, which I find annoying. Some long-term character lines (the In Death series by Robb, the alphabet series by Grafton) actually have character development, and they're wonderful. I think I keep reading the Plum books just so I can read when it ends! haha. They're easy to get from the library, too, so no danger of actually having to pay for the book. haha
Comment: I want to thank you for the recipes sent. I am happy to add them to my recipe box and to try them out soon!
Response: Great to hear :) Thanks for the heart:)
Comment: Wow - you got lots of reading done last year! Definitely found some to add to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing with me! Happy New Year and happy reading! ❤️
Response: Far too many books - I can't recall them all. :( Net Galley ARC's were my biggest temptation last year! Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: I too have come to appreciate the benefits of online grocery shopping during the pandemic! All the best for 2021!
Response: Isn't it wonderful to avoid the grocery store like that? Why didn't I try that years ago? I could have had a happier life! haha! Thanks for the heart :)
KSENiA rated for TBR: 2021 TBR planning on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Good reading year to you.
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Sounds like progress to me! Thanks for another great year of the TBR group. If we keep this up for another decade, I might finish my list. :)
Response: Glad to hear the group is helping you, too. It's keeping me on track still too. Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: I love the postcard, thank you!!!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Hi Cindi, Yes it is tough to calculate these stats at the end of month and year but thank you for calling us forward to do them. One of my odd favorites is following economics and funny statistics to see what they tell us about people, communities, and things. This community and your other R&W community feel like nice small intimate communities to me and thank you for inviting us in and keeping things going. We appreciate you.
Response: I do have a love for statistics, but I'm terrible at keeping track of everything. Which no one seems to believe about me. I love organization and planning, but I'm rotten at keeping track of things! Oh well. I'll keep trying. Thanks for the heart! :)
NRGordon rated for Build my recipe book Soups & Stews on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the swap. I’m going to sub vegetable broth and omit the bacon and cook the Cheesy potato Soup for my favorite 6 y.o. vegetarian triplets.
Comment: Ahhh I used to love the Choose your own adventure books as a child! I haven't read one in so long! Did you read them several times to get different endings this time, or did you just read them until the first ending you got?
Comment: Did you like P&P & Zombies? I remember starting it a long time ago, but I DNF it, don't remember why, though. I did like the movie! And I watched A.L.: Vampire Hunter's movie as well but never considered reading the book. I might now! Thanks for sharing your list! =)
Comment: Hi Cindi! Yes, December is a busy month and when you have kiddos at home, sometimes trying to read is a challenge! Thanks for the share - I still think you did pretty amazing! Hugs, Happy Reading, New Year, and Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks for sharing! This really has been a crazy year! We've done grocery delivery a few times, and it's nice, but pricy, we may have to try the pick-up service! Happy New Year!
Comment: Hey Cindi! I believe we're all pledging (or at least hoping) to not buy or add too many books to our already extensive lists. I doubt my success in this regard, but I do wish you can make it! Prove to us it's possible! =D

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SatisHuman on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you for the letter responding to my swap! Greatly appreciated. I look forward to writing you back.

takehimaway on Jan 5, 2021:

Cindi!!! <3~~~~ Thank you so, so, so much for for the journals. The moleskin is so nice (I put it up for when my life is less of a disaster), and I love the smell of the flower one. I love the vinyls -- I'm sure you would have guessed, haha. The orange paper looks fun too. I can't wait to use it all, thanks.

JuneRosebud on Jan 5, 2021:

Cindi, You are the best!! Thank you so much for the wonderful Journals RAK. They came at such a trying time & I really appreciate your notes & generosity. Collette

kizzlets on Jan 4, 2021:

Hi there USAFwife, thank you so much for RAK blank journals you sent me!!! It definitely made my day, so thank you! kizzlets

wolfeagle on Jan 2, 2021:


Thank you so much. I love everything but especially the gratitude journal and the postcards are beautiful.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


KarenFife on Dec 7, 2020:

Thank you so much for the RAK of the local AFB🛩, Cindy! It’s always heartwarming to get surprise mail, and so thoughtful of you.❤️

takehimaway on Nov 20, 2020:

I'm about to listen to History Goes Bump. Thanks for the suggestion, Cindi!

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Hello DYSC?

Lillypooh12 on Apr 27, 2020:

Hi! I was just thinking about you this morning - I hope all is well and you're enjoying your time in the PNW! :)

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