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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: August 1, 2020
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

I have a #1 rating for a swap I have sent to Malalysia TWICE and even have a .jpg of the last time I sent it, but my partner won't respond to my messages. How do I get rid of the #1?

I am a 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--nearly 7400 entries.

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 55 years (as of 6/26), our son and his wife, and an obnoxious Chihuahua who has, over the last 10 years or so managed to train us very well. We also have a squirrel named Dexter who lives in our back yard and begs for peanuts every day, and Ned's dog, Bouncer.

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 supported 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), Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, This is Us, and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Big Bang Theory, The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Designated Survivor, Schitt's Creek, Northern Exposure 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

  • CHOCOLATE!!!
  • 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.


Ratings

monsbrick rated for Letter about journaling on Jul 29, 2020
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Comment: Hi Bev, Great to learn about your journal experiences. I am also in the middle of answering your last letter. Will add a response to both letters!
Eulegirl rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #17 on Jul 29, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the doggo postcard! I make new friends (mostly cats) on my walks.
KSENiA rated for ESG: The View From My Window on Jul 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. I wish we has squirrels here. Love them
itsnobody rated for ESG: The View From My Window on Jul 24, 2020
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Comment: Wow there is real squirrel! Such nice view! :O
Response: I love having squirrels in our back yard!
Pei04 rated for ESG: The View From My Window on Jul 20, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your photo. I love it, it looks so peaceful. And the squirrel is so cute :)
bluehairedmary rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #17 on Jul 16, 2020
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Comment: We hope to get another dog when we move next summer. I can't wait to be "trained"! Thanks for the dog pc!
Nevi2018 rated for Journal ideas and inspirations on Jul 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for so many great Ideas!!
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Comment: Thank you =D
mamajoy rated for A Different AD card on Jun 30, 2020
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Comment: I was curious, so looked it up on line. It's definitely from the Netherlands. It's a museum of some sort. Not a lot of info, but it's certainly different. Thanks.
skinny52 rated for A Different AD card on Jun 30, 2020
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Comment: I think it definitely qualifies as different, is that you in the picture? Stay healthy and best wishes,Mar/skinny52
Response: No--not I!
KarenFife rated for A Memorable Ad Card on Jun 29, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and writing about what made it memorable! Fun swap!
squince rated for NYUP USA Only #61 on Jun 23, 2020
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Comment: Thanks
banjobraids rated for NYUP USA Only #61 on Jun 22, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for this AWESOME card, I love it! We're reluctant to open up, too. Trying to take lots of nature walks in sparsely populated areas to get fresh air. :):):)
MamaMangrove rated for NYUP USA Only #61 on Jun 20, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for a great postcard and double thanks for thoughtfully sending it blank in an envie - and in such a pretty note-card to boot! Be well. Stay safe!
AZmom875 rated for FPRU: ABC~ ad cards Letter Z on Jun 17, 2020
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Comment: Thanks I see the z on the card.
mejulia rated for My weekly Wrap-up PC #2 on Jun 16, 2020
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Comment: Sounds like a good week. Next week I am going to s drive by wedding reception. I need to get decorations for my car.
Vickyen rated for GROUP: June/July Questions 2020 on Jun 15, 2020
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Comment: Hi Bev! Thanks so much for joining the swap and for sharing! I really enjoyed reading your answers and can tell you enjoy writing! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
kasa rated for April/May Questions 2020 on Jun 13, 2020
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Comment: Hello Bev, would you believe I only got your letter today . I am grateful that I got it at all. Are you still watching a movie a day? Hope that you and your family are all well with everything still going on in America at the moment, Happy swapping.
Response: We seen to have stopped the daily movies...our tastes are too different. But we are both watcing movies--just in different rooms!
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Comment: what a nice sweet card thanks
valentina22 rated for May 2020 Journal Swap on Jun 8, 2020
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Comment: I enjoyed reading about your month under quarantine. It sounds like you keep yourself busy. You must not need much sleep. It appears we are polar opposites politically. Take care!

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Comments

lambchoppy on Jan 29, 2020:

Hi there! Promoting a PC swap I'm hosting if you're interested. Have a nice day!

Sticker PC Swap #12 - USA ONLY

yvonne401 on Oct 2, 2019:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

stiffneck78 on May 8, 2019:

Profile check! Enjoy your day.

kpfree on Mar 7, 2019:

Hi Bev! This is Kyra and your penpal for the January February March Penpal swap. Your letter is going out today! Ive enjoyed tremendously our correspondence. I am sending you a belated birthday wish and to many more wonderful experiences in your life! Bye for now! Kyra

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!

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