Swap-bot Time: January 17, 2019 3:37 am


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: January 17, 2019

Country: United States

About Me

Angelgram is a tribute to my Grandmother.

I have a childlike excitement about getting mail. My tiny hometown had an exchange visit with a group of young ladies from Japan when I was a tween. I became friends with one visitor. That resulted in several years of letters, gifts and craft exchanges.

From that experience I know the joy of anticipation, the sensations of the sound of opening an envelope or package , the graphic visual of the postage stamps, writing, cancellation marks or labels, the surprise of the contents .........

Likewise, I love knowing I can send a letter or package to someone, and they will have a similar experience.

I have met two swap-bot partners in person. In Spring 2018 I spent a week in the Sierra Foothills with a swap-bot pen pal -partner-friend. Previously I met another partner from the Mile High CIty area when she came through TN on her vacation. There are lots of you in Swap-Bot land I hope to meet in person someday.

Since my senior yr in high school I have worked with children who had developmental delays, then adults with multiple disabilities and next with adults struggling with mental illness for a total of 25 years.

Since 2003 I have been a homemaker. My husband needed me home after a 2001 brain injury, His progress was not a steady improvement. It occurred in intermittent leap frog jumps. 17 years out he drives, does errands but still needs my help in many areas. Hang In there if you know someone with a brain injury.

I do want to credit 4-H club as being a major influence in my life.

--A FAVORITE QUOTE: -- To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.


Favorite Music

Pop - Disco - Big Band - Jazz - Blue Grass:

ARTIST: Andre Bocelli - Maroon 5 - Phil Collins - Enya -Snow Patrol - Iron and Wine- Bread- Perry Como- Celtic Women -Toni Braxton-The Ballycastle Players-Loreena McKennitt- 1D -Lee Brice-Toby Keith-Jimmy Wayne- Carpenters -Paul Davis-Sam Smith- O'G3NE

Concerts 1976-Now: - Air Supply- Eric Clapton-Kristen Chenoweth- Bay City Rollers-Seals and Croft- Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores-Barry Manilow-Moody Blues-Eagles-1D

Favorite Books

Biographies - Historical -Non Fiction

Fiction authors:Jane Austen - Kim Edwards- Daniel Quinn

Favorite Movies

Madam X - Vantage Point - A Murder of Crows

Planes Trains & Automobiles - Serendipity - Sense and Sensibility- Dead Poets Society


10 minute video "Change For A Dollar'' shows what a homeless man did with a few cents at a time out of one dollar in one day. Each tiny kindness shown made a huge difference in each life (some were life altering changes) a no words drama set to music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

I love the T E D talks (all are 18 min or less)

TED Technology, Entertainment, Design. The best talks from TED are available to the world, for free. 1400 Talks on line. World's most fascinating thinkers and doers are challenged to give " talk of their lives" in 18 minutes Try the 3 min talks to sample TED. There's something for everyone www.ted.com

Favorite Television

NCIS - Flash Point- HGTV- Undercover Boss - BIO channel - I like Science, Nature, Invention and History. I watch The Voice, X Factor in multiple countries on You Tube.



FOR SWAPS: Your creation may become a new favorite on my list. This list is only what I usually gravitate toward in stores when I window shop and/or have used decorating my home.

Travel - Maps - Ships ( all sea faring ships - tall ships- clipper ships and also especially the RMS QM2 ) I DREAM OF GOING TO THE TALL SHIP EVENT AT BOSTON HARBOR

-International flags- Olympic flags- Globes especially the ones with multi national children/adults holding hands- Postage- Mountains- National parks-Monuments- Gates- Doors- Benches- Columns-Metal work-Archs- the Moon- Aurora borealis- Trees- all trees leaves or no leaves

Birds especially owls- Koala bears- Foxes-

CANADA -France-Germany-Japan--England and the UK -Italy- Greece--New Zealand and I love to learn about all other countries

Favorite B/W photographers:

.Dianne Poinski: professional photographer who hand-colors her black and white photographs with PanPastel

Alan Blaustein

Favorite Color Photography: Gabi Gealbhain An Ruadh

Favorite Artists and Watercolorist Kimmi Bui (see her ETSY)

TEA:excited to try new flavors and brands. I have on been on a quest to find the Best Earl Grey tea. I have ordered various brands from EBAY. I would love to about hear your fav EG. Thanks to my partners for tea samples and SB penpals for the samples.

I want to try new teas so introduce me to yours.

NOT INTERESTED IN THESE THEMES OR ITEMS occult--vampires-futuristic-dystopian-zombies-cartoon characters- fast food kid meal toys. - PLEASE NO MASKS or PHOTOS WITH MASKS


I collect stationery from International Hotels and Inns (A friend who travels brought some back for me two years ago. I loved researching the Hotel, the area and attractions. That first stationery had a watermark. I learned watermarks as an identifier on paper can be traced back to the 13th century.

A very special Swap-Bot Friend sent me a treasure chest. I keep my collection of hotel stationery in there. Swap -Bot friends are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!


I love researching so much it is a hobby.

Another indoor hobby is interactive COMPUTER TRAVEL: I travel around the world sitting at my desk using:

www.airpano.com for 360 degree aerial views it is like a helicopter tour and you pilot the helicopter

a non-for-profit project focused on high-resolution spherical panoramas shot from a birdรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs eye view. (choose sort by country)

(.dk Denmark.) for ground level views

free website of interactive 360 degree full screen Panoramic Photos of World Destinations, Monuments and Festivals. On most of the screens you can go up and down view with your mouse in addition to the full circle 360 degrees to see the scene behind you. Type in Elves Chasm (at Grand Canyon) in the search box and you'll be hooked. Go to the top of Mount Everest and have a look around. ( If you move mouse too fast you'll get vertigo).

I also watch real time WORLD TRAVEL BY SHIPS at


a very interesting free site for anyone interested tracking ships real-time. It is an open community project hosted by a research team at the University of the Aegean, Greece.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vesselรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs name, dimensions and voyage details.

The Greek University has stations set up around the world to receive the signals for research purposes and share the tracking capability with the public.

Go the live ocean map and click on a sector. You will see the different type vessels (which are color-coded) as it sits in it's realtime location in the ocean. Click on the icon and see a photo of the ship, check the country of origin flag that are flying, the stats, etc. At my last log on they had 52647 ships on the live map, 474004 vessels in database 1495096 photographs uploaded.

Seasonally, I follow www.viewbirds.com

to watch owls and other birds nest and raise their young on webcams located around the world


LETTERBOXING started in England in 1854. It is an intriguing pastime "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden containers by following clues.

The prize: finding a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp. Many people carve their own unique image and some of us use a store bought rubber stamp.

You use an ink pad to make the image of the found rubber stamp into your personal log book . Then you use your personal rubber stamp with your trail name and image and ink it into the hidden log book. Carefully put the container back in the hiding place. Be discreet so as not to let other people see what you are doing as they do not yet understand the rules and purpose of the hobby.

You will need an outdoor bag, mini back pack fanny pack etc to carry your supplies

My stamp is a snail I bought at Hobby Lobby. You also need an ink pad and ink pen to write in your trail name, date and your city. ( A compass is optional as most letterboxes do not require a compass.) There are several that are hidden indoors at eateries , libraries and tourist areas so you can still do this in the winter.

www.atlasquest.com for locations by country or city directory, clues, mileage, terrain descriptions, hide/ find rules


Poohtat rated for M00nMail postcard Newbie OK on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Love the quote. Iโ€™m glad I could introduce new words to you. Isopods are so far to watch.
Response: Thanks for the feedback with comments. Hope we swap again.
kittyhahahotbot rated for CC: CupCaKe L0Ve postcard on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: You are by far, over-the-moon, the best postcard picker, not-to-be-confused-with-nose-picker.
Response: That PC was so you and wasn't even in the cup cake section on Zazzle but had cupcakes. Having fun using the curvature feature on the add text tool.
Comment: The title of that book, The M00n by Whale light is just a dreamy title! I even looked it up to see the graphics which isn't as image provoking as the title. Darn. But the postcard is so soul stirring. OH heart be still!
Response: So pleased that you researched the info I added to the card and that my image was so to your liking. Thanks for hosting the Moon series, Love it Hugs Mary
Comment: Thank you very much! You did a very nice job. I l love all the colors and how colorful you made it.
Response: You are so welcome Thanks for taking the time to write comments.
Comment: I love your envelope and all the goodies inside! It was like a treasure hunt ~ envies in envies in envies. Your letter was very enjoyable and interesting, I've read it twice so far.
Response: So glad you enjoyed the swap. Thanks for taking time to write comments with the rating. Hope we swap again.
Gatzcat rated for AFWLS - Thanksgiving Postcard on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you! It was interesting to read your postcard.
Response: You are so welcome THX for comments
USAFwife rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute, colorful postcard :)
Response: You're welcome-THX 4 fast rating&heart&comments
sharmison33 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful postcard. I love all the fall things you included especially the different colors ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Š
Response: You are so welcome and love your colorful emoticons. THanks for fast rating and for leaving comments.
AZmom875 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: You squeezed a lot of info on your fun fall postcard with the possibly mute swan. I will go use the fall webcam site. we don't have fall here. Thanks for all of that.
Response: Hi Friend Thanks for your humor and kind comments.
Comment: I went to Zazz to look up this artist and I found a very cooli-0 postcard! Yes, I love her style! I ordered you one cuz I know how much your grocery bill is. snort.
Response: Thank you so much, Friend! 4 the PC and Yes you revamped my diet at the the Veggie Heart Health Seminar by Kitty when I was at your house on vacation. # grocery list # receipt # thanks 4 โ™ก
kittyhahahotbot rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Nothing says fall like a ...............wait for it.............swan? lol Beautiful postcard. Luv that quote "Winter is an etching, Soring is a watercolour, Summer an oil painting and Autumn is a mosaic of them all" Make s my heart sing.
Response: The white swan helps contrast the the Fall Colors LOL for comparison of blah blah blank canvas vs vibrant colors. This swan is special it has acorns in it's cheek and is going to feed the squirrels on the other side. LOL Hugs Mary
jenmcjen rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! In most cases, I read the words side of the PC and sometimes forget to check the front until the 2nd or 3rd time I see it. That was DEF the case with this, as I love how you did the colorful words and the stickers and everything was so cool. Then, the picture side was awesome, too. Thanks so much!
Response: Yay so glad it made you happy. Thanks for fast rating and especially your kind comments.
ginnijay rated for Hall0wEen CaT postcard on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Great writeup on all the things we have in common. Very festive. Thanks.
Response: My Pleasure and hope we swap again
EmilyT rated for WIYM: Hall0wEen Postcard on Oct 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Happy Halloween! The green alien is at the UFO watchtower near Hooper, CO. It's one of those Oddball roadside attractions if you will. But out in the middle of nowhere... I guess the area is known for UFO sightings. We always stop when were in that part of our state.
Response: Happy Halloween It's candy time. Thanks for the roadside info and the rating with heart
Klbbird2 rated for Hall0weEn PumpKins postcard on Oct 27, 2018
Response: Thanks for fast rating and the heart
Jbee rated for AFWLS -The Color of Fall PC Swap on Oct 26, 2018
Comment: Dear Mary I just got home of a 5 day trip and the postman brought today your lovely autumn card, thank you very much! Love, Jill
Response: So glad it has arrived as it so far to travel. Enjoyed your profile and hope we swap again.
GorillaMama rated for Hall0wEen CaT postcard on Oct 25, 2018
Response: Thanks for the fast rating and the heart.
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for Zazzle PC #2 on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the "fictitious" postcard! I'm currently reading a true crime book by Ann Rule. I like her books. Happy October :-)
Response: Thanks for hosting the swap and I will watch for more of your swaps to join.
kittyhahahotbot rated for Decorated Postcard Swap on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: At first I was going to give you a 3 because you didnt write the name of the swap................lolololol................but then I thought why give be generous and give her a hundred hearts. lol Mary, your card is so creative. I dont think I've ever seen someone ever do this with the leaves. So cleaver & pretty!!!!!!! Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much for the time you put into this. (as usual)
Response: Thank you so much for the 5 and the heart and the humorous and complimentary comments. # decoder ring # drink more ovaltine, LOL I had fun making it for you.
Comment: Thanks so much for the cute card. :)
Response: You are so welcome and thanks for hosting the swap.

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Heirloom on Jan 15, 2019:

Just drivin' by to say hello!

kittyhahahotbot on Jan 14, 2019:

Thank you for the wonderful Yosemite postcard. Its quite stunning for all the black. Man, we trail blazed! No pun. lolol

Heirloom on Dec 25, 2018:

allthingsregency on Dec 23, 2018:

Merry Christmas Dear Friend! I pray you have a wonderful day celebrating with your family!

kittyhahahotbot on Dec 12, 2018:

Whats up with the #(%!~/? doodle envelope? Very cool! Thank you!

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 28, 2018:

Wow, whats up with all these green stamps? YOu dont own any groovy stamps? lololol As I caught a glimpse of it coming out my box I gasped. Max eye candy.That 5cent colourful stamp is one of my all time favourites. I love running my fingers over them to feel the slightest gooves.

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 25, 2018:

Hay, whats up with the cat mask for Thanksgiving?lolololol I looked a little outta place at dinner but.................lololol

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 13, 2018:

Very cool Full M00n postcard~ thank you~

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