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Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: January 20, 2021
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated June 15, 2020

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I will have been married 32 years, as of, Jan 2020. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. I have one adult, former foster, still living with me, age 32. He moved back in with me OCT of 2019, as he in need of a kidney transplant. He will need our help over the next year to two. We keep thinking after he moves out, we might start all over again and be GRANDfoster parents, as we have zero, nada, zilch, grandkids. We will see, were are pretty tired as parenting doesnt seem to stop just because the kids become 18.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better, maybe even as the queen of this castle. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2017. (He always has to out do me). He successfully has made it past the 2 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank, with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 3 rescued dogs and 4 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing. I cant seem to stay in the lines. Go figure.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do like to swap tea. I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

If you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.

About Me

THEMES that bring me joy.

A- alligators, ants, animals, apple scented things, avocados, acorns

B- butterflies, black bears, brown bears, buttons, birds, borders for paper crafting, books,

C- cats, coffee, cacti, clocks, clocktowers, crowns,

D- dogs, dachshunds, deer, daisies, desert in bloom,

E- elephants, eggplants,

F- Fish, esp on atcs, I have not idea why, Flowers, fall leaves,

G- GEIGO GECKO, green is my favorite color. all green atcs.

H- heather plant, Hawaii


J -Jackalopes

K- kangaroos,

L- lemons. lace,

M- mice,



P- pumpkins but not jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkins scented things, Pumpkin spice things, postcard (see likes above), Playing card (5s, jokers, and Face card esp)

Q queens, quilts,


S- snakes are fine, I am not afraid. snowflakes, snowmen,

T- Tim holtz, trees,

U- umbrellas,

V- vintage

W- wings on people and dogs

X xenophobia depicted in art.


Z -zebras,


banjobraids rated for 3 AD Cards Plus . . . on Jan 17, 2021
Comment: Very cool cards, thanks! Appreciate the free taco, even if I can't eat it :D
Comment: Thanks Heather. Always fun cards from you.
Comment: thank you for the fun snowman postcard from the sunny state of Arizona!
basykes rated for Snowman Postcard swap on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: thanks for the cute snowman! Thanks for letting me do a private swap.
Comment: Thank you for the snowman postcard.
Comment: Thank you for the card and bookmarks. Happy holidays!
Comment: Hey there Heather, Thank you so much for the so pretty card with animals, the great bookmark, and postcard of cute ducks. Love all! I hope you & your family have a wonderful Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envie. I was so excited to receive this.
Comment: OMG...I love the Sea World PC. I don't have that one either so I am so happy to receive it. Thanks for hosting this fun swap. Merry Christmas!!
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card & great goodies. I love the postcard & whale stickers. Happy Holidays!
SunTradeToo rated for Christmas, or Winter postcard on Dec 21, 2020
Comment: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the postcard! Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🌲❄⛄
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card, and the Simpsons postcard! And the Alice in Wonderland postcard! You are very thoughtful. Merry Christmas!
ayates rated for Flaker Free Christmas Card Swap - USA on Dec 18, 2020
Comment: How exciting. I already tracked my paper good on wheres george. Lets see where it should travel next. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas
debtea2 rated for DYSC?-Holiday card swap on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: thank you so much for the lovely card and the fun tea..have a wonderful holiday
user2148 rated for USED postage stamp RAK on Nov 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!! These are awesome!! ❤️❤️❤️
pinklilly rated for RAK empty Starbucks cards on Nov 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for this great giveaway!! I do have the Crop O Dile myself and I use it a lot!! I have a blue color one!! I make a lot of tags and I use it to make the little holes.💕💕
fortannam rated for DYSC?-Happy Thanksgiving Card-USA on Nov 17, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great card! Love that verse!

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Tigerlilyknotwise on Jan 10, 2021:

AWG Jan - thank you for the beach postcard. I wish I could go to the beach right now! Great word of the year - I hope things continue to improve for you!

Autist on Jan 9, 2021:

Thank you for the AWG wish of FOX stickers and stamps! I am very grateful for you and your friendship. Love you my friend, Evan

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2020:

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 21, 2020:

CariahCreates on Dec 17, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely card from my AWG wishlist

kaypendragon on Dec 17, 2020:

Thanks so much for the cards! Squid is going to love the Cars postcard.

hollycm6 on Dec 17, 2020:

Thank you for the TWO cards!! and the tea! Yep, I'm going to make some gift tags out of these!!!!

Artistic on Dec 17, 2020:

AWG December 2020: Thank you so much for the envelope for Mom.

chimerix on Dec 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the pretty glittery Christmas Card and fun snowman ornament! (Be sure to thank Bethany for me also!) The ornament went straight onto my tree! Mele Kalikimaka!

AWG Dec Wishlist

lady41701 on Dec 15, 2020:

Thank you for granting an ( awg) wish for December. You have mail on it's way to you too! Wishing you better days ahead. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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