Swap-bot Time: May 26, 2018 4:41 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: May 26, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Swaps & mail

Updated & current as of May 17, 2018 I've decided to save the time and space here and not go into all the "if you don't receive a swap from me, please PM..." because it seems like everyone says that (even flakers), and really, aren't we supposed to contact someone if something doesn't arrive? So, why say it again and again?

About postmarks - They rarely match up here. If you are a post mark reader - I'm sorry. I'm not a postmark reader, but if you are and my send by date doesn't match the postmark (they can be around a week off, I've heard), well, it's really out of my control. 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!

About Me

I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling around 1988, from a series of books called "Pen Pals". Anyone remember those? 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. The world seems a little less scary when you realize you're not alone in a situation, or that others have your interests. 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. Yeah, I'll send international swaps and I'll give new swappers a chance. And I'll rate a 1 or a 3 if the situation calls for it. 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, etc.

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, but as I've been told too many times "You're not from around here". I was born and raise in Michigan, but that was more than half a life time ago. Of all the places we've lived, I think Colorado was my favorite.

I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. I'll respect you if you respect me! I don't care to label my beliefs, but 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. I don't 'hate' any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman. It can happen!.

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. 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 a crafter, but I do like to read, write letters, swap. 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 do some sewing (by hand - I swear my sewing machine is possessed.), and like trying out a few crafts here and there, but am not an 'expert' at all.

I have a Passion Planner that I use, and recently purchased 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 7 years and counting now. It's not the traditional 'homeschool' - this system has a school body with principal, teachers, counselors who set the standards and classes, and we do the state standardized tests as well.

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); stationery sheets or letter sets (neatly folded is fine, but not torn/dirty or a messy fold) 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;
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, Heathcliff, Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones, Captain Cave Man, Smoo (remember those?), Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Disney's Gargoyles

washi tape I do like washi tape, and would like tapes relating to books or text, script writing, sloths, giraffes, coffee, cats, unicorns and rainbows, stars, moons, trees. Prefer silver to gold

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)

Items that are used or dirty, Items with nudity or profanity, any food items (except factory sealed tea bags), Watchtower and similar religious material. I am happy that you have your religion, but I am not interested in joining, 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. any scented items - candles, samples, etc - I cannot use many scented items, so I would rather you not send them,
**Used stamps or post cards - I do not collect them, **Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.
**FB's, x-slips, LB's, SB's, etc .... I do not swap them any longer, **Planner items (I use a Passion Planner, but do not embellish it), **Dollar store type items

Favorite Crafts

I HATE it when someone tells me to "just Google it"! If you want to introduce me to something new, that's fine, but I need directions! Refer me to a specific web site, that's ok, but don't tell me to "just Google it".

THE COOLEST journals ever made: http://bookjournals.com

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, use the library Overdrive app and a subscription to Audible.

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, not 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).

I enjoy memoirs and biographies. "Chaplin" by Charlie Chaplin was an interesting story.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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. Lord of the Rings (but not the Hobbit), love the classic War of the World, and LOVED The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuval.

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. :)

Favorite Television

TV & Movies Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Heather Graham, David Tennant, Anne Hathaway, Julia Stiles 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 Comedians: I mostly listen to the PG Comedy on Pandora, but also specials from Netflix. Some of the favorites are: Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulany, Jerry Seinfield (of course!), Brian Regan, Trevor Noah

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees, Imagine Dragons (we are going to a concert in June & am very excited!), John Mayer, Maroon 5 (on occasion), Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, One Republic, 80's music - I grew up with it!, American Authors, Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers), Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton


Comment: Thank you!
Response: Hey, hope you are feeling better! :) Thanks for rating and for the heart :)
Comment: I got your letter today, and what a fun envelope! I love it. Thanks for reading my profile. :D I am smiling from ear to ear for the letter, and loved the "Little Prince" paper. Thank you! Thank you for taking a chance on me for a private swap. :D
Response: Glad you liked my stationery. I reserve it for special letters. :) So happy we got the chance to do this private swap and hope to 'meet' up with you in the future too. :) Well, besides in pen pal letters. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Oh hi birthday twin! The books sound interesting and I do think that my mother would really enjoy Then she was gone. Shes been looking for a new book so I will suggest that one. Thanks for sharing!
Response: Great. :) Thanks for the heart. :)
Xtina4always rated for Bookworm Pen Pal on May 19, 2018
Comment: Cindi!! Thank you so much for your letter and extra special bookmark you sent me!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the letter you wrote to me and I cannot wait till you receive the one I’m sending back to you because I will stay wanting to talk about our book stuff !!! No doubt about That! Have a wonder night and a happy Sunday !! Christina
Response: So glad you liked my letter, and I can't wait to read yours. :) So few people understand book lovers, right? :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Another interesting read from you. I wonder if your printer has the same emotional issues as mine lol I loved your prompt answer about courage. I also chose this prompt and while I thought it would give the most interesting answer and I'd have lots to say, I struggled! Do you feel like writing about and analyzing where you wish you had more courage has actually helped you feel a little braver in those areas? This swap ended up being like therapy for me, so thank you very much <3<3<3
Response: I tell my kids that printers were put on this earth to make us practice patience! haha! Printers and sewing machines, in my experience. I usually need to meditate before and after using both! haha I thought those prompts would be super easy, breezy to write, but then I sat down to write and - wow, was I wrong! haha! It's good to have to answer and ponder those questions. I got the prompts from a 30 day journal challenge I found online. I'd considered using them for a journal swap here on SB, then I had to write about a few and reconsidered! haha! Thanks for reading, rating and sticking with the swaps. :) And for the heart :)
threelittlebirds411 rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 17, 2018
Response: Thank you for rating.
smadronia rated for CL: April Reading Log - Paper on May 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you! they really need to make Turkish Van cat cards =P The Wolves of Calla is the only one on your list this month that I'm familiar with.
Response: Yes, I read a lot of odd books, I think. Sorry about that. Did you read the Dark Tower books? We need to make some Turkish Van cards, too - show off our beautiful guys. :) Thanks for the heart :)
smadronia rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 8 on May 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you! your swap card is super cute :)
Response: Haha - I get lots of comments about the cards, they were a gift. Love them. :) Thanks for the heart :)
bruxbaby rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 14, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing your answers!
Response: Thank you for rating :)
crazyda79 rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 12, 2018
Response: Thanks for rating :)
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed reading your lists. :)
Response: Thank you, and thank you for joining the swap. :)
Comment: Absolutely loved the Mango and Pomegrante teas. I will be looking for them in my store.
Response: Hi, glad you liked them. :) Thanks for the heart :)
DRMOM rated for UHM: Quick Happy Mail USA 🚀 on May 9, 2018
Comment: I can definitely use the stickers! Thank you. I LOVE your swap card, where did you get those? Thank you for the goodies. Happy Swappin'
Response: The swap cards were a gift, ordered from The Gallery Collection. Pretty cool gift. :) Glad you liked the stickers and the happy mail, and thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: First of all I have to thank you for creating this swap. Maybe you'll make more of these? Please let me know! Or a poetry-group? I so would love being a part of it. Now for the swap you sent: Wow!!! I love your letter and I'll treasure it. I didn't know Emily Dickinson, but through your letter, I learned a lot! I bet the museum was awesome! Thank you so very much, Cindi! :-)
Response: I'm so happy to hear you liked the swap. A group is an interesting idea - I'll think about it! :) Thanks for the idea, and for the heart :) Hope we 'meet' again. :)
draco rated for Quick poetry swap - USA on May 6, 2018
Comment: thank you for the great poems
Response: Thanks for joining in. :) And for the heart :)
suzwa rated for ESG: 26 Things About Me on May 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the fun facts !!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
HannahsMommy07 rated for Write On Wrap up! - Int'l on May 6, 2018
Response: Thanks for doing the challenge with me. :) And for the heart :)
Jjean rated for ESG: 26 Things About Me on May 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing - interesting and you sent so fast....... :)
Response: Haha, yes, I tend to prepare ahead of time so I don't forget to send. :) Thanks for the heart :)

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naturenerd3 on May 19, 2018:

Welcome to Pockets and Flips USA

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!!

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