Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2018 12:30 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: October 22, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Swaps & mail

Updated & current as of September 28, 2018

Over the summer, our mail was very unreliable, an many items went missing. I switched to more email based swaps, not to 'pad' my rating, as has been suggested, but so I could continue to swap here without worrying that items would go missing or get damaged.
Thanks so much for those who suggest I needed to 'pad' my ratings. That's so friendly. So understanding. :( :( Why be mean? Does it make you feel better?


I'm not a fan of holiday themed items! Please don't add holiday themed items 'just because'. i will not automatically give a heart for this. If I'm in a holiday specific swap, that's fine. But unless the swap is holiday themed, I'd rather not have the extras.

Holiday type items I do like I like black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, fall leaves, snowmen, snow flakes. Snoopy/Peanuts themed. Seasonal images - snow, evergreens, fall leaves/trees, pumpkins, spring flowers, summer themed.
PLEASE!! NO OWL IMAGES! They seem to be popular, but they actually scare me quite a bit, so I'd appreciate it if you would keep them. I do NOT care for pilgrim themed images - those are actually rather offensive. I might use them, because it's hard to avoid them, but I don't care for them.


After I drop my mail off in the blue boxes or at the post office, I mark it 'sent'. If the post marks don't match up, it's out of my control. But, by all means, if you want to rate me a 3 for such a thing, enjoy yourself. I'm sure it makes your day better.

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. What I like least about swap-bot is all of the name calling, accusations and cat-fighting. 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.

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 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.

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.

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'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.

Favorite Books

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

I am on Goodreads, and I log in all my books there, but I don't share the link here to swap-bot because I find it really creepy to think that someone is going to track my movements and stalk me via my goodreads account. Stop stalking! It's creepy!!!!

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.) Love to read mysteries , thriller, suspense.

I love haunted house and ghost stories, always have. 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". He also reads Mad Magazine, though, so it all balances out. :)

Daughter recently read and liked "Carry On", loves the Riordan series - all of them - and A Court of Thorns series, The Cassandra Clare book series - Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices ...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.


Comment: Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸ 👻
Comment: I love to rec from host so I can see the vision of the swap. You PC is so creative. Colorful, sparkly, good vibes and definitely a happy mail day brightener PC. Thank you
MSturgill87 rated for NB1 Round 3 on Oct 19, 2018
Comment: I'm so excited to have this back again! :-)
KarenLaneWV rated for PPRR Round 4 on Oct 18, 2018
KarenLaneWV rated for Penpal round robin notebook on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your good letter, I don't what happened earlier with a letter I mistook for this swap. I enjoyed reading your letter.
Buecherwurm rated for R&W October Reading Challenge on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your detailed description of the books :) Both sound like something I would have loved to read and still would like to read sometimes, as a nice short mystery. Actually I'll put that ghost series on my to-read list on goodreads, maybe my library has it :D But I won't put the other series there – if they are hard to find in the USA, it will be impossible to come by the books here ;) Still, sounds like a great series :) Best wishes!
jenmcjen rated for R&W: Banned books on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: First, I feel SUPER special to get the sloth bookmark. It won't fit in my audible books (haha) but I have a binder I keep my ATCs in, and it's the kind with a plastic cover, so I put extra cute things like this in the color to make a nifty collage, and that's where it will go. Did you make this pretty envelope? I love it! I love discussing books with you. I agree that Judy Blume was essential growing up, but don't even know who Norma Klein is. Have to check her out. My old library had a banned book section, and every time I checked out stuff, I would check out one or two of those, even if I had already read them, just because if there are statistics somewhere, I want to show support for banned books. My fave was a kid's book, And Tango Makes Three about gay penguins. I'm basically writing you my swap letter in this, but I'll re-write it all and send soon! Thanks for keeping the faith with these book swaps. I'm glad they're here!!
KarenLaneWV rated for PPRR round 3 on Oct 11, 2018
Response: Thanks for the heart :) Hope you are doing well. :)
jenmcjen rated for R&W: Great American Read on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Awesomely fun swap! Thanks so much for hosting.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. :) Thanks for the heart :) <3 <3
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thanks for the heart :) <3
fiorellaione rated for R&W October Reading Challenge on Oct 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you Cindi for both reviews! I think that I'd like better The Light of the Study Lamp. It sounds like the type of books I read when I was a kid (and, sometimes, still do)
Response: Yes, there are many types of mysteries out there. I don't usually like the really graphic ones with a lot of violence, I tend to go for the more gentle ones - like cozy mysteries, until they get too silly! And sometimes it's fun to pick up a kids mystery - it's a nice gentle story, and you can figure out 'who dun it' without having nightmares! :) Thanks for the heart :) <3 <3
Comment: So sorry for this late rating! I'm not sure how this one slipped by.. Another wonderful read which I have printed out and added to my binder, adding some of the stickers you sent me in previous snail mail rounds to make it feel more.. you! I especially connected with your journal entry about collecting and "hoarding" journal books. I do the exact same thing. I always have this image of it being so fun and fulfilling to do them, but the only one I ever kept up for any amount of time, after reading back a couple of months, just seemed to be filled with such negativity, ironically it was the one called "The Happiness Project". I still buy journals because I still love the idea of it, but they just get added to the pile of empty or abandoned books..
Response: I thought I had my journal habit under control, then the local office supply story had a clearance sale. Sigh. But they are MOLESKIN journals! They're AMAZING! And, and .... they were 40% off! And, well, and .... my kids like them TOOOO! :) haha! But, yeah, it's a serious problem. I can keep stationery buying under control better than I can journals, which makes little sense. Your 'Happiness Project' journal sounds like my Gratitude journal - I started realizing I was complaining, and quit writing. Sigh .... Thanks for rating, and the heart :) And for sharing! :)
Response: Thanks for rating, and for the heart :)
shinyserra rated for NB1 Round 2 on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved the envelope.
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: This is a cool washi design. LOve the Lisa Frank stickers. I know her stuffs, I think. lol
Response: I think I'll always be a Lisa Frank fan! :) Thanks for the heart :)
bbsporty rated for AMMM: Wonderful washi post card on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Thank you for a fun postcard! I love the neon pink washi!
Response: Isn't washi fun? :) haha! Thanks for the heart :)
zurdoswifey rated for AMMM: Stickers in September on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for the amazing assortment of stickers...loved the unicorns especially =)
Response: Glad you liked them :) Thanks for the heart!
dcp0112 rated for PPRR swap 2 on Sep 27, 2018
Comment: Great job, LOVE your letter, notebook and washi samples! Hope you like the Halloween Envies on their way to you
Response: Great! Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the postcard! ❤
Response: Thanks for the heart :)

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jenmcjen on Oct 18, 2018:

Thanks so much for surprising me with the beautifully done postcard - a total surprise and I feel very special!! You're awesome!!

myancey on Oct 16, 2018:

I put an edit in if u don't know the episode just put quote and who said it. I have an awesome dr who card to

myancey on Oct 16, 2018:

Hosting a us only doctor who quote hope you'll join

jenmcjen on Sep 19, 2018:

OMG right? What the hell with the poop emoji? Who thinks poop is cute? It disgusts me!

bbsporty on Sep 18, 2018:

Thank you for the fun sticker slapped postcard! I love these kinds of swaps!

kittyhahahotbot on Sep 17, 2018:

So gro0vy kind of you to think of me with the sticker postcard!

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:

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