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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: April 26, 2018
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.


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Comment: WOW!! What a magpie journal!! I just flipped through it when I opened it today and I am going to go back through when I have more time! But, I wanted to go ahead and let you know that it came in the mail!! I knew it wouldn't be a problem:) Thank you for a fantastic journal and all the fun inserts! I can tell you put a lot of work into this!!
Response: Oh, I am SO glad it got to you, after I mis-addressed it! And so happy that you like it. I had such a good time putting it together.
ChrisAnne rated for OFAP:Altered Postcard Swap on Apr 25, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the fun post card. This was such a fun swap to create and to receive.
KSENiA rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #61 on Apr 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I love the art work.
bruxbaby rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 18, 2018
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Comment: Hope you find a few nice penpals! I checked out your website and loved it. :)
nannydino rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #14 on Apr 16, 2018
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Comment: Hi Bev, thank you for the awesome German Shephard PC. I really love it.That's beautiful that you have hosted so many dogs for the SPCA. Happy Spring swapping. peace love light
cllfdl rated for Cards for Cayden on Apr 16, 2018
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Comment: thank you for the personal note and lovely post card!
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Comment: Thanks for the letter. The stamp makes me miss my convention days.
Katja rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 13, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your mail! I really enjoyed reading it! I am also a big fan of elephants :)
kisforkechell rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #5 on Apr 12, 2018
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dawnakaulen rated for NYUP USA Only #37 on Apr 11, 2018
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Comment: Great cat card- I love it. Thank you!
miia rated for Raining Cats and Dogs #14 on Apr 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely dog postcard! I love dogs too and we have now a Brazilian terrier girl. She's so funny little creature :)
Mamamoose rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #61 on Apr 9, 2018
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Comment: Very cool postcard! Thank you! Yes, I have walked the Camino de Santiago with my daughter a few years ago. It was an awesome experience!
Response: I saw the movie with Martin Sheen and have been fascinated with it ever since...of course in my condition now I can barely walk to the end of my driveway!
clutterfree rated for NYUP USA Only #37 on Apr 9, 2018
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Comment: Bev...Thank you for the beautiful Sunflower Van Gogh still life...still getting snow here in NY but I'm sure the April showers will come...I just want SUN!!!! Hugs across the miles...Charlene
ReadMoreBooks33 rated for NYUP USA Only #37 on Apr 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the Finding Nemo postcard!
MaryWolfe rated for Mister Rogers 50 th anniversary on Mar 31, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so very much! I also watched the very first program in 1968 and was known for "advocating" Mr. Rogers to others! I was 6 years old at the time and even got to meet him about 2 weeks after the show began. He sang the Neighborhood song to me! Yes, I watched his video when he advocated for public programming :D. I love the little sticky notes and was SO happy I got a canceled stamp! I was hoping for that! Thank you!
Response: It was worth waiting for the stamps to be released! I'm loving how much people are loving memories of this special man.
ncnurse04 rated for Simply an Animal Postcard USA on Mar 25, 2018
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Comment: Loved hearing about your foster fails!
Kathy821 rated for Simply an Animal Postcard USA on Mar 19, 2018
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Comment: What an adorable postcard. Thank you so much. It's been grey here today. I am definitely ready for warmer weather! Thanks for joining the swap too.
Response: Thanks for the welcome, but I've been here 7 years! Glad you liked the PC
freespirit66 rated for 30 Questions on Mar 19, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for your thoughtful answers to the questions. The impact that you want to leave on the world (that somewhere, somehow, you made a difference) is similar to how I feel about life as well. Sorry to read about the multiple losses in your life. I had to laugh about how you'd like to get rid of folding laundry as one of your responsibilities. I agree! That and ironing are two tasks that aren't high on my list of "fun things to do" either. My heart goes out to you as you are moving through the journey with your mom and Alzheimer's. My dad had that and it is such an emotionally-painful process to watch the decline. I agree with you regarding keeping the old memories since those are the ones that they draw upon and bring the most joyful feelings.
Response: Thanks for your comment. So few people leave meaningful comments and this meant a lot to me.
SLembke rated for February 2018 Journal Swap on Mar 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely journal. It's always interesting to see how others interpret a project. The 'slice of life' you shared was interesting and I am enjoying reading. Haven't had a chance to check out the CD, but thank you.
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a good time putting it together, though I know my journals aren't as artistic as most people who participate. I"m more a writer than an artist!

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Comments

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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ReadMoreBooks33 on May 20, 2017:

HappyMom on May 4, 2017:

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HappyMom on Mar 31, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your Gratitude List!
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jukejan on Feb 20, 2017:

Happy Birthday, Bev. Sorry my wish is late!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

jukejan on Oct 10, 2016:

It looks like you can use a nice big hug.((HUG))

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

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