Swap-bot Time: February 15, 2019 10:54 pm


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: February 15, 2019
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

Sedentary type (because I am large sized!), who is a TV addict and avid reader. I love writing, internet, movies. Love writing letters. Have kept a daily blog since 2000, with mirror entries on Blogspot since 2007.

Raised 5 children and have two granddaughters, born in 2008 and 2011. I sponsor several children around the world with Compassion International

Live with husband of 52 years (as of 6/17) and an obnoxious Chihuahua who has, over the last 8 years or so managed to train us very well.

Walt saved for travel in our retirement and we have traveled a bit in the last few years. England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Russia, China, Istanbul, a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, and Ukraine--good thing we went when we did because it may be awhile before that becomes a tourist destination again! I spent six wonderful weeks in Australia in 2003. I will never make my dream trip, now -- a photo safari in Africa. My body couldn't handle it any more.

Love seeing new places and meeting new people! I am pro-choice and support Marriage Equality, but have a good friend who is vehemently opposed to both and we are still friends, so I am polite to those with whom I disagree. Just don't try to convert me...and I won't try to convert you.

Favorite Books

  • "East of Eden" (and all Steinbeck)
  • "Prince of Tides" (Pat Conroy)
  • "The Mother Tongue" (Bill Bryson)

  • Any Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Vince Flynn, Patricia Cornwell (when she was good), David Baldacci, James Patterson (before he became a book-writing factory and the quality dipped way down)

  • Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series

  • I like biographies and autobiographies and really any good story.

Favorite Television

Outlander, Stephen Colbert, Jeopardy, NCIS (and LA, NO), Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Madam Secretary, Scandal, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Call the Midwife, Designated Survivor, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, This is Us, Rizzoli & Isles and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (though Trevor Noah is growing on me), The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Breaking Bad, Northern Exposure, Picket Fences and so many others.

Postcards I like

  • Animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants, whales.
  • Inge Look
  • Babies (human or animal)
  • Australian scenes
  • African scenes
  • Russia scenes
  • China Scenes
  • Van Gogh
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Smiley faces
  • Ocean scenes
  • Judy Garland
  • Anything showing books, writing, or typewriters
  • Theaters (inside or out)
  • Anything that makes you go "awww"
  • funny cards
  • "message" cards

Things I Love

  • The color red
  • Irish and Scottish things
  • All animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants and whales
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Washi tape
  • Rubber stamps on wood blocks
  • Stamp pads
  • Rainbows
  • Vintage music & movies (40s and 50s)
  • Show music
  • World music
  • Stickers, any kind
  • Peanuts stuff (love Snoopy)
  • Muppets stuff
  • books
  • audio books
  • strawberries (the fruit, the scent, the color)
  • I'm addicted to juice oranges and mandarins

Things I'm not so fond of

  • tea (it's ok, but not a favorite)
  • licorice
  • dark chocolate
  • Anything Goth
  • Religious stuff
  • Violence of any kind
  • tattoos
  • jewelry (I wear very little)
  • make-up (I don't wear it)
  • the color orange (I don't wear it)
  • Heavy metal
  • Prejudice of any kind, particularly homophobia
  • Cruelty to any animals
  • Donald Trump

Favorite Foods

Because my latest swap includes food, recipes, etc, here is a list of some of my favorite foods

  • milk chocolate
  • pastries
  • Dungeness crab
  • Mexican food
  • Chinese food
  • fruits (especially strawberries, pineapple, bananas, fresh oranges)
  • artichokes
  • avocados
  • popcorn
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts & Toasted almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peet's French Roast Coffee

Did you not receive my swap?

A beautiful comment borrowed from ( Kvwanderlost ) , which I am adding after a particularly nasty comment I received:

I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby.

Also, before getting angry about something sent "3 hours late," consider that there are personal things going on in other people's lives, and cut them a little slack.


Neenie rated for ME: A TO Z on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Bev I so enjoyed ready your A-Z about you! Also love how you put it all together in a little book! Thank you! Was a fun swap! Happy Swapping!📬
dancingtiger rated for NYUP: Funky, Fab and Funny. on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: love this trio of cards- thank you x
Comment: Wow yours journal is so different than mine. I looked at each page. Thanks for the extra add ins. I found the Pig Starbucks card, and the scratch and sniff postage stamps. My favorite page has the bunny butts. You did a great job.
Response: So glad you liked it. I had fun putting it together!
aladyde rated for NYUP: Scattergories PC Swap - D on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice card. Danke!
Ukucaitie rated for SCATTS PC Swap - F - US Only on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the The Freedom Trail pc! Like your answers too. All the best!
Rosa1 rated for January 2019 Journal Swap on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much ~ what a wonderful glimpse into your life! It is well below 0 here today & I plan to sit in the recliner and savor every word of your journal. Thank you again :)
Response: glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the comment.
Comment: a good read. :)
Wingy rated for 5,000 Questions ~ Part 1 {1~100} on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you .... wow 53 yrs of marriage... that’s awesome
Comment: Thank you for the swap!
SuZignomeMoM rated for MJS: Grow My Magpie Stash on Jan 23, 2019
Comment: ♥ Thank you for all the wonderful bits and bobs. I have yet to start another magpie journal but when I do I have a head start thanks to you.
Babytreese rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #6 on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard!
Swan rated for NYUP Foreign Language PC #6 on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card from Croatia!
NRGordon rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #1 ☆ on Jan 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the swap. Our older daughter wanted to be a Nurse, like her Mom, but didn't like the idea of the smells and such. She became a Child Life Specialist and is still subjected to them, but has gotten used to it.
HappyMom rated for Scatts PC Swap - B - US only on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: I love the California BEARS and all of your answers for the Scattergories! Nice to get snail mail this time around!
kssunlover1947 rated for First and Last Lines No. 8 on Jan 12, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the card with the lines from The Martian Child. I went to Amazon and I now have it in my Kindle library. It will be next on my list after I finish the series of Oz books I am reading.
Response: I hope you enjoy it. I have met the Martian Child personally (we are good friends). I figured since you were a sci fi buff you'd enjoy a book by the author of Trouble with Tribbles!
neecie rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #1 ☆ on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: hi Bev, as a reader of your blog, i anticipated a few of those answers ;) i think your 'kids' will alleviate your biggest fear & i liked how you tied in travel wishes with your spirit animal!
annim rated for ☆ EMAIL QUESTIONS #1 ☆ on Jan 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading your answers! :)
tamtamlee rated for A Simple Woman's Day Book on Jan 8, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing
ShireSeamstress rated for Bookworms & Pen Pals on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Hi Bev! Enjoyed reading your letter that came today. I love that you and your 10 year old granddaughter have your very own book club 😊. P.S. I was named after my dad (Paul) 😊

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kpfree on Jan 15, 2019:

Hi Bev! Kyra here and your penpal for the Jan-Feb-Mar 2019 letter swap arrived today. Thank you for the 2 interesting postcards you included. THe egghead postcard up close was very interesting! Enjoyed very much a bit about who you are and your likes and dislikes as well as how things are for you right now! Awesome! Will be writing back and chatting with you. Will write something this week for you and mail it out. If you want you can read my profile to get a small snapshot of my beingness in the world. It was fun to connect with you! Enjoyed seeing the washi coffee or tea cups tape across the back flap of the envie!

tamtamlee on Jan 4, 2019:

Happy New Year Bev!

January Letter went out today for the "January, February, March 2019 Letters"

FiveAcres on Nov 20, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving

grammypammy on Mar 6, 2018:

jukejan on Feb 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday to you!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


ReadMoreBooks33 on May 20, 2017:

HappyMom on May 4, 2017:


HappyMom on Mar 31, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your Gratitude List!

jukejan on Feb 20, 2017:

Happy Birthday, Bev. Sorry my wish is late!

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