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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: March 22, 2017
Birthday: January 21, 1976
Country: United States
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About Me

**March 14, 2017: Nor'Easter storm Stella is alive and well in the state of MA today, and everything is closed (except my kids online school). In previous 'weather events' the mail hasn't run - it's hit or miss at the best around here, anyway. Mail I sent might be delayed a few days, and I might not get mail regularly for this week. So please be patient - I usually mail out the day the swap is assigned, and when mail arrives (usually around 7-8 pm at night, when it shows up), I rate it when I open it. **

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're both originally from SouthWestern Michigan - and my kiddos were born Dec 4, 2000 and July 15, 2002 (twins). We are a military family, (since Oct 1st, 2002). Between March 1995 and Oct 2002, we lived in 4 states, and moved 7 times, and after Oct 1, 2002, we have moved 9 times, in 7 states. I joke that we are "modern nomadic" - we don't live in wagon trains or the like, but we have a hard time staying put!

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.

**Hey ... I'm actually scared of owls. So if it's at all possible to not cover the envelope with owls, or send me things with owls, I'd really appreciate that. Even when they are all cartoon-y, seeing them in my mail box is a bit traumatic. I know they're popular now, and I'm trying to get over this fear, but I really, really do NOT like owls. Thanks **

**I need to point something out here .... It really, really annoys me when someone spells my name incorrectly. Yeah, I know it's petty, but it's bugged me all my life. It's annoying to get mail addressed to the wrong name. You are copying down the address, please spell my name right. **

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. (I discovered the "Pen Pals" series of books by Shannon Dennis Wyeth. Anyone remember those? - those books really started off this life-long fascination and obsession with letters and letter writing, back when I was in 7th grade.)

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!

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've enjoyed the *Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, but feel like it's time to end that one.
*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! Our library has a decent selection through Overdrive, and that's a super saver for me. :) The BBC radio drams of Agatha Christie are the best. :)

**If you have a recommendation, I'd love to hear about it. :) Or your favorite book, why you like it, etc. Or your opinion of one of the ones I've listed above. If my Goodreads link doesn't work, and you'd like to be pals there, please send me a PM with your info and I'll try to add you that way. **

Favorites & what I like

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

I am very curious about Pocket Letters. So if you're looking for a profile based item, and you make pocket letters or mini pocket letters, I would love to see what it looks like. Would be willing to do a private swap or ten, also, with Pocket Letters to get some feedback.

I'm trying to get into the habit of using my planner. Rather than buying the pre-made ones or the 'big idea' type, I developed my own with the use of free printables. But adding little note pads, washi, motivational stickers would be fun too. :)

Recently heard of bullet journals and we are trying to adapt the process as a family. (organization is a family event around here!). Going for the more basic style (developed by Ryder?), but would love to hear of your ideas and experiences as well. :)

Likes & Dislikes I like cats, Garfield, sloths (animal), 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. I'd like to try some swaps like Pocket Letters, but I"m a baby beginner.

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

ShireSeamstress rated for Letter Swap # 15 on Mar 21, 2017
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Comment: Got your letter yesterday - had to chuckle that you used OWL postelette 😊 I've never done a friendship book but my oldest daughter did those and slams in the 90s. I always loved seeing the creativity in them😊
Response: Thanks for the heart! Yes, my MIL sent me a super sized pack of all things owls for my birthday. :/ I couldn't return them, so I'm trying to send them out in the world. haha :)
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Comment: Thanks for the Pressed Penny,. That was exactly like the ones I collect, Happy Planner stay together very well. I have had mine for over a year and it hasn't fallen apart.
Response: Thanks for the heart! I'm so glad you liked the pressed penny. :)
SwissArmyKnit rated for Letter Swap # 14 on Mar 20, 2017
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Comment: Really enjoyed the letter! Hope the snow was not too bad, and I totally get the "i" at the end of your name, I am Jenni!
Response: Hi JennI :) Thanks for the heart. :) Snow was awful, but it's melting. Circle of life and all that, I guess.
Cgscdy rated for Wide Washi Tape Swap - USA on Mar 20, 2017
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Comment: Love the coffee washi 😍
Response: Thanks for the heart :) Yes, that's one of my favorites as well. I was very happy to find it. :)
flowerchild rated for Wide Washi Tape Swap - USA on Mar 20, 2017
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Comment: LOVE the Paris tape and will share the cats with a crafting friend who will LOVE it!!! Thank you:)
Response: Thanks for the heart. :) Glad you liked the Paris. :)
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Comment: Love the envelope
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Vickyen rated for PC Swap: What I am reading right now on Mar 19, 2017
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Comment: Hi Cindi! Thanks for the great pc - I love, love, love Garfield! I usually like Nora Roberts but sometimes an author can be off or it just is not your cup of tea! Do you listen to books on tape or playaways or both? One of the libraries near me is really into the playaways, which are great for when you want to listen and do other stuff! Thanks again for the great pc and share! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hi :) Glad you liked the Garfield. :) I think Nora Roberts is a little too romancy for me - I don't usually enjoy those at all. But I thought I'd try something different. :) I LOVED playaways! But we don't have them here. I use Overdrive to borrow them from the library and download to my phone, so it's more portable. CD's seem so old. haha! I also buy some from Audible, but not too many. If you haven't heard of Overdrive, I'd be happy to tell you more - it's a great app (and it's free). Thanks for the heart. :)
pkpeace rated for The Ides of Trump on Mar 19, 2017
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Comment: First, I love your choice of the bald eagle card, perfect! I agree with you 100% and just encourage you to not give up hope!
Response: Thanks :) Life will just be a bit more challenging here for a while, huh? Time to re-learn some government! (and teach the kids!) Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: What a lovely note in such a lovely postalette! I know what you mean about having a hard time finding them - I only had a few from a grab bag of stationery from a thrift store and they reminded me of writing to pen pals when I was little. I thought I could order more - but really can't find any. Thank you so much!
Response: Hi - thanks for the heart. :) Yes, the traditional postalette's are hard to find, but Amazon does have a few options for "fold and seal" that I have purchased. I just used the traditional ones for this since I got some in a swap. I usually write too much. :)
spicemom rated for Swaps ~ Getting To Know You #1 on Mar 18, 2017
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Comment: Hi Cindi Thank u for your answers I like reading them Spicemom
confetti33 rated for Washi Washi! 2 on Mar 17, 2017
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Comment: Your envie was perfect and these washi tape samples are very cute. Many thanks for the extras !!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
JessieB15 rated for WIYM: Skinny Washi Tape (USA) on Mar 16, 2017
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Comment: Love all these little washis! Thanks for the fun variety. I love the envelope with the owl, too!
HelenG6 rated for WIYM: Skinny Washi Tape (Int'l) on Mar 15, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for your nice tapes. I love the way you creatively used these skinny tapes on the envelope. How cool!
Response: Im glad you enjoyed the swap :) thanks for the heart :)
user2148 rated for Washi Washi! 2 on Mar 15, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for the fun envie!! Loved everything! The dictionary and script tape I may hoard and never use!! All the extras are appreciated and all the washi tape is gorgeous and none I've seen before! Bonus hearts!! ❤❤
Response: Glad you liked what I sent. :) The dictionary and script tapes I found at oriental trading company, of all places. My others are mostly from Amazon. Thanks for the heart(s)! :)
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Comment: Thank you for your letter, the movie sounds interesting, I'm going to have to look it up. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Rabbitfreedom rated for WIYM: Skinny Washi Tape (USA) on Mar 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you!
Ruthless rated for washi and deco swap # 3 on Mar 13, 2017
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Comment: I love the washi tapes that you sent. Thanks so much. The Addams family stationary was VERY COOL! Your envelope rocked too! My heart smiles thanks to you!
Response: Glad you liked it. :) thanks for the heart!
Jessicat rated for Favorite washi snippets on Mar 11, 2017
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Comment: I absolutely love the washi! The thick washi with the postmarks is actually one of my favorites (where did you get it?). I also really appreciate the small little notes you left in the letter. I plan on checking out the BBC radio Agatha Christie dramatizations those sound fun! The Handmaid's Tale is coming out as a Hulu original, so you might like it better on screen!
Response: So glad you liked the washi I sent. :) the wide tape with postmarks is Scotch brand, and I found it at Staples. They have an interesting assortment there, as well as tape holders. I was really drawn to that one, for some reason. Guess I just love postmarks. :) Thanks for the heart. :)
SheWolf rated for Deco / Washi Tape (USA) #4 on Mar 11, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for all the washi and the decorated envie :)
Response: Thank you for the heart. :)
Pink74 rated for Deco / Washi Tape (USA) #6 on Mar 9, 2017
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Response: Thank you for the heart. :)

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Comments

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 på födelsedagen! 🎉 🎂 🎉🎉🎉

Hope it was a great day.

eel

jaimierandolph on Jan 7, 2017:

Profile Check for Any kind of washi !!!! Welcome to the swap!

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