Swap-bot Time: October 23, 2020 7:56 pm


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: October 23, 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

  • 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.


armadillogal rated for October/November 2020 Questions on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the swap...I will be glad when this year is over...
Hunbun rated for 3 Weird Cards in an Envelope # 2 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: I really like these postcards, thanks!
shirleyinCA rated for 1950's and 60's on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Great cards! Haven't seen these by Anne Taintor and I always enjoy her! Thank you - and take care!
Comment: Hi Bev! Received your Halloween PC today. Thank you! I love the vintage ones! Thank you too for your note. Aren't Chihuahua's just the cutest?! My Chihuahua is the runt of his litter & he is the sweetest little boy ever! He turned a year old September 5th. I bet your Chihuahua is so sweet too!
lilamint rated for Postcard Penpals USA on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: Hi Bev, thank you for the adorable Halloween postcard. This is the very first one I've received with a vintage Halloween theme; I've always loved them! I was really impressed to hear about you having been a theater critic. Sounds like it must've been a very rewarding job! Take care, and Happy Swapping!
kclicquot rated for My Weekly Gratitude PC on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: Bev, Thanks for the reminders that we all have so much to be grateful for!
Comment: Thanks for the PC and bicycle references. It's so cool that you're a theater critic, I'd love to have a job where I could watch theater all the time, but know that watching bad performances would have to part of the gig...no fun. Thanks again, Rick
janfu rated for Halloween 2020 postcards - USA only on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you! :-)
young46356 rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Oct 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks, I like antique holiday cards too. Hope theaters open soon. Best wishes, stay safe, Rich
beachchicken rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Sep 30, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool Halloween postcard, I love the vintage graphic on it!
myancey rated for NYUP USA Only #64 on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Whole year flew by bc we couldn’t do anything. 2020 has been an awful year. Take care
Tverne05 rated for Journal Challenge on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the Journal. I am looking forward to reading all that you wrote. Take care and be safe!
Comment: What a lovely letter! I will definitely write back soon. Enjoy your day! :)
Meisje rated for ESG: July 3-2-1 on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing Bev. Congratulations with your sons. How are the squirrels doing still eating from the sunflowers. Take care and lots of love from the Netherlands
Rita2 rated for ESG: July 3-2-1 on Aug 15, 2020
Comment: Oh! Thank you very much for your dear email. It made my day bright, I loved reading it. I thank God for these blessings that occurred in July in his life and that of his family. Take care! Fraternal hugs from Brazil.
mamajoy rated for I spy an automobile Ad PC USA on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the "odd" resend.
jessnewson98 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #84 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: When the mail arrives, excitement follows! I got your postcard today! Thank you so much, it's awesome! Have a lovely week and stay safe!
PrettyCraftyTales rated for ESG: July 3-2-1 on Aug 9, 2020
Comment: Coronavirus is what we all wish we could forget! hehe. Glad you're enjoying the birthdays and meet-ups. Loved the line at the end of you email 'Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.'.
dawnakaulen rated for Music Theme on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Looks like fun, thank you

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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!



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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