Swap-bot Time: January 20, 2022 9:06 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: January 20, 2022
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of Jan 12, 2022

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :)

Valentine's swaps - I know it's odd, but I'm actually not a big fan of heart shapes! So if you want to decorate a card or envelope with flowers or cats - or just about anything but owls! - that's fine with me. Or, you can use an anatomical heart rather than the fiction shape. ;) Victorian reproductions are great b/c they're so creepy!

If you are sending me a recipe, I prefer full-size sheets for the recipes. Then I can add them to my recipe binder. :) I don't use recipe cards or the like, and prefer typed to hand-written.

Feel free to combine swaps to me! If we are paired up for a few swaps, it's perfectly OK with me if you group them up. If send by dates are a little off, just let me know. Handmade is always OK with me.

I have a little postal scale that I use when I mail things out. If something comes postage due, I apologize! and please let me know!! and I will send you stamps! I don't mean for anyone to pay for postage for items I send you.

ABC's of my likes, interests & preferences

A - astronomy, Animaniacs, Addams Family (TV show esp and original cartoons), Agatha Christie, audiobooks

B - Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Bootcamp, blue things

C - COFFEE, cats, Charles Addams, cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, A Christmas Carol by Dickens (& all the movies - all of them), Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), comedy/comedians, cooking (most of the time!), Clue (movie & board game), The Craft (movie)

D - Disney (esp Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Brother Bear, and the Villain's - esp Malcifient & Evil Queen/crone from Snow White, Hades.), David Tennant (actor), documentaries

E - Edward Gorey/Charles Addams/The Addams Family, ancient Egypt/pyramids

F - fall/autumn, Fairy Tales & Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's),

G - Garfield!!, Ghosts/stories, giraffes, Golden Age Detectives (Agatha Christie), Golden Girls

H - History (local, family, US/pioneer), handmade (willing to accept handmade cards even if the swap doesn't call for it), hamsters, haunted houses/abandonded buildings, holiday customs & traditions from other countries, History Goes Bump (podcast), The Haunting (book, movie and TV series)

I - Iceland, Imagine Dragons (music group), Inspector Lynley (TV series), InCoWriMo

J - journals (buying, at least, if not actually using)

K - Keys! (decorative like skeleton keys or on washi, stickers, etc), Krampus, Knives Out (movie)

L - llamas, libraries, Lore (podcast, show, books), letters & challenges

M - moon & stars, Muppets/Sesame Street, Movies, Monstrum/Storied on PBS, The Monkees (since I was 3!!), mythology, Midsommer Murders (TV series), Murder She Wrote (TV series), The Mummy (1999),

N - Nightmare Before Christmas, Nathaniel Parker (actor & voice actor), National Geographic, Northern Exposure (TV series), NaNoWriMo (maybe one year I'll accomplish it!)

O - ouija boards

P - Paranormal, Paganism, podcasts, Pepsi, pen pals, pens, purple ink pens, personal notes, Percy Jackson series, Poirot (TV series & book character series),

Q - quick mail?, quiche

R - rainbows, Rocky & Bullwinkle (original only), Robert Downey Jr (actor), recipes, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer (TV movie series)

S - stars, sloths, Scooby Doo (esp from 1960's- 70's), Sesame Street, Simon's cat, Spiritualism, Salem Witch Trials, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, stickers, stationery, silver anything, Sherlock, Sleepy Hollow (book, TV show & movies)

T - Tarot cards (happy to recieve stray tarot cards), trees/woods, Tiny Toons, Tim Holtz & similar, Tim Burton, Travel Channel (esp Josh Gates shows), 10 Things I Hate About You (movie)

U - Unicorns, used books

V - Vintage Social Media (snail mail!!)

W - Wicca customs and practices, Write On Challenge

X - x-ray images

Y - Yule, Yule Cat, Yule Lads

Z - Ziggy


Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.) No matter what you send, I will not give a heart if you spell my name wrong.

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

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

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

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. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, 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 they are finally all graduated from high school, though, they all still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force).

I'm an Aquarius, don't really follow horoscopes, but I am a star gazer. I love most things sun/moon/star related.

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'm co-founder of the Pagan Community Centre - if you are Pagan minded, check it out! :)

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! Check out my group For the Love of Letters if you like letter writing and challenges.

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Willa Cather, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore. Jennifer Weiner and Emily Henry.

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Duma Key by Stephen King; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry; The Golden Compass (& series) by Phillip Pullman. The book that still 'haunts' me is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB group related to books & writing, Reading & Writing. I also have a group, For the Love of Letters for letter writing and letter challenges. I also love ghost stories and haunted house tales and am founder of a group, Ghosts! - check it out if you enjoy hauntings & cryptids.

With all of my groups, I ask that you follow the rules posted on the home page - if you request to join, be sure to follow those rules or you won't get approved!

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. I'm not a postmark reader, especially with current mail issues, BUT - 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. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps I'm not Christian and do not celebrate that aspect of a holiday, so I prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones.
I do like the retro/vintage re-prints of Victorian era holiday cards. They are so creepy, they're great! If they're not printed right, somehow it's even better! If you want to make a holiday card 'spooky' - go for it!

If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.


Ettoad rated for R&W: Winter holiday card on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card, I also very much like the Celtic Verse 💗 I hope your winter has been a good one!
iolair rated for G: Holiday card swap on Jan 19, 2022
Comment: Hey Cindi, thank you so much for the truly awesome holiday cards! You have the best stamps, I'm totally in love with both the Yule Cat Krampus stamps - I've never seen anything like them before! I think we definitely have similar tastes/interests when it comes to the more unusual/darker side of culture :D I haven't read/watched much about Krampus, so your cards really intrigued me. It might be something I have to incorporate into my next Christmas somehow ;) I hope you had a great festive season, and wishing you all the best for this new year and beyond!
Comment: Hi Cindi, thanks for the great lighthouse postcard and your nice note! Hope you have a happy 2022!
sebastian122 rated for tPCC: Second week of January on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: I'm sorry this week was a trial. But hey, coffee cake!! XOXO
Response: Yes, the coffee cake saved the day! Thanks for the heart ;)
blanketfort rated for G: Christmas Cryptids on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for introducing me to a new Christmas Cryptid! I'd never heard of the Yule Lads before. Interesting read! We've got something kind of similar in Norway, we call them Fjøsnisser. I like to translate Fjøsnisse to Barn Santa, because they're basically tiny, bearded creatures that lives in barns year round. I think the proper translation is Tomte though. We also have the Elf on the Shelf here. We call him Rampenissen, or the mischief tomte/santa. He usually comes to my kindergarten to the children's delight. They especially love it when the milk changes colour, or when Rampenissen has prepared lunch but put all the plates UNDER THE TABLE, WOOOW! 😅  And thank you so much for the recommendations, I'm putting everything on my list! 😊
Response: Maybe the kinder Yule Lads can visit your classroom this year. :) There are some folk tales from Japan I'm looking forward to reading - they're only newly translated. I can't begin to imagine what might be included there! Thanks for the heart :)
savannahjan rated for December Summary on Jan 17, 2022
Comment: Sounds like a great December. :)
ÇisnerosV rated for Imbolc recipe exchange on Jan 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the recipes, all sound wonderful. Will definitely try all of them.
denisedecker58 rated for US Happy New Year card #3 on Jan 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved the postcard and the Peanuts stickers! Happy 2022!
Comment: thank you for the great Valentine card and the heart stickers!
Comment: What an adorable card. Thank you so much!. i let my kids have some stickers and they loved them as well.
suepier rated for Christmas Cards INTL Newbie Friendly on Jan 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Christmas card.
Eulegirl rated for R&W: In June I read .... Snail Mail on Jan 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the book info and the bookmarks! Sorry for the late rating--I found a few hiding swaps while cleaning
Karen07 rated for R&W: New Year letter swap on Jan 15, 2022
Comment: It sounds as if 2022 will at the very least be an interesting one. Happy New Year!
baseri rated for US Happy New Year card #3 on Jan 13, 2022
Comment: Hello and Happy New Year Cindi - thank you for the delightful bird card which arrived today. Thanks also for the postcard and Valentines stickers. Happy Swapping! Dale
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Happy new year.
sebastian122 rated for tPCC: A Tarot cafe swap, Jan on Jan 12, 2022
Comment: DANG! That was spot on! Thanks for the reading!
Response: yay! When I get a reading that seems SO MUCH like 'me' I wonder if I'm focusing on the other person enough! Thanks for the heart ;)
Comment: Thank you for my card and goodies!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!!
Response: Thank you for the heart. Happy new year. :)
KSENiA rated for R&W: What I read in November - EMAIL on Jan 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Sorry for the late rating.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Honeyloveart rated for tPCC: First week of January on Jan 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard!
Response: Happy to hear you liked the card. Thank you for the heart :)
Fabriqueen rated for Happy New Year card Int'l #2 on Jan 7, 2022
Comment: Awww! Your cards are so sweet! Thank you so much! Have a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thank you for the heart. Happy new year :)
Fabriqueen rated for US Happy New Year card #2 on Jan 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling card and wonderful wishes! Have a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Diane
Response: Thanks for the heart. Happy new year :)

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sassafrass on Dec 24, 2021:

susieq11 on Dec 22, 2021:

Thank you for the WW RAK!!!! W O W! I absolutely love everything - and there is a LOT to love!!! Seriously thankful for all you sent and for your generosity. I will be using everything : ) Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!!!! xoxo

simcoe54 on Dec 19, 2021:

Anyone need playing cards? RAK -- Thanks so much for the playing cards. I will be adding all of them to my collection.

Poohtat on Dec 14, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK of playing cards. Happy Holidays

Highlander18 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful package from WW Papercraft goodies!!

Poohtat on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful Papercraft RAK from WW. Love the pens and there is so many treasures in here. Awesome RAK. Happy Holidays

groundhogstamper on Dec 6, 2021:

Thank you for the big stickers RAK that you sent to me. I really appreciate your kindness.

heidiblooms on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you for all the ADORABLE Christmas stickers!!!

lovetherain on Nov 26, 2021:

Thank you Cindi for all the cute Christmas stickers. Love the puffy santas and snowmen esp. I hope you and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving!

supersquirrel on Nov 24, 2021:

Hi Cindi - Thank you so much for all the wonderful stickers you sent for your PF Christmas Sticker RAK. I can't imagine how much you started with! You've set me up for my holiday this year! Thanks again ❤️

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