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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: March 29, 2020
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 54 years (as of 6/19) 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), Criminal Minds, Schitt's Creek, Young Sheldon, Madam Secretary, 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, Big Bang Theory, 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

  • 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

Eclectonote rated for FPRU: CORONA Virus 2020 PC on Mar 28, 2020
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Comment: Great postcard of the flying books. As a homebody and introvert being stuck inside's not so bad for me. But still, curtailing those little trips around town has been a change. We're trying to order out to support local restaurants as well. Hang in there and stay safe!
SunflowerRose rated for Pen Pal Search # 12 on Mar 28, 2020
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Comment: Ill try to write back soon. Loved my goodies. Thank you
feminista rated for Nice Notes on Mar 28, 2020
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Comment: Thanks! This made my afternoon :) Nice to receive something nice in these awful times.
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Comment: Thanks for the really fun PC and your note. We have not yet been told to shelter in place but most people are.The hardest part for us is not seeing our 3yo granddaughter but we video-chat with her almost daily.
banjobraids rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #83 on Mar 27, 2020
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Comment: This Star Wars card is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. :):) We are also sequestered. Going on week three, I think. It's a bit gamey in here, lol. Time for spring cleaning. Such a strange time, but we're trying to stay optimistic. I saw Tim Gunn!! I was at the Natural History Museum in NYC and he walked right by me. I heard his voice first and whipped around. It was such a thrill. He's the best. I think Christian is a good mentor, but Tim is just TIM. Hang in there! Thank you! :):):)
Response: Agree that Christian is a good mentor, but Tim is just TIM. Glad to see he's doing a new show.
kertasborneo rated for Christmas in July: Card Swap on Mar 27, 2020
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Comment: I have not received the swap and will be happy to update the rating if the status changes. Stay Safe!
Response: Did not know the card did not arrive. I can't get your address because the swap is closed. If you send your address, I'll be happy to send a card.
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Comment: Thank you again for the baby panda postcard! I will add it to my book with the other one that you sent me! Lucky ๐Ÿ€ me to begin receive this adorable panda ๐Ÿผ postcard โ€œseriesโ€!!! ๐Ÿ˜†
Allylu rated for March into Reading Postcard Swap on Mar 25, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I love horses, too. I started watching Heartland on Netflix (13 seasons) and ever since I have wanted to go to a rodeo, but haven't convinced my family to go. Reading can take us to all the places that we may not get to visit!
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard Bev, hang in there!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your week with me
euniceq rated for B&W postcards swap 17 on Mar 21, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the cool postcard! I have actually watched Roman Holiday and love Audrey Hepburn, so I like this card a lot!
Ashzaller rated for Writing Challenge #7 on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for your wonderful vacation memories !! I really enjoyed reading about happy times. Especially right now. Thanks so much for the postcards too ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
debbiespoms rated for POSTCARD of LISTS #8 on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you much for the cute Panda PC and your prompt answers. I enjoyed reading them.
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Comment: Squirrels ๐Ÿฟ are awesome. Thanks for the story that brightened our day. All the best. Min
HannahKaitlyn rated for What's in a Name? -PC Swap on Mar 19, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much!
KatKit rated for FPRU: ABC~ ad cards Letter N on Mar 18, 2020
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Comment: No mistaking that this is the n ad card. Have not seen this musical. Thanks for fun card.
MissKayeIdaho rated for Photo Journal on Mar 14, 2020
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Comment: I absolutely loved reading about a month in your life! Our birthdays are very close together in February so happy belated birthday. I was born in Southern California and it was nice to see a few names of places I know! Thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself with me. ๐Ÿ’—
dawnakaulen rated for FPRU: ABC~ ad cards Letter S on Mar 14, 2020
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Comment: Nice PC, thank you
denisedecker58 rated for Scatts PC Swap - N - US Only on Mar 12, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Great answers!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your fav pics! your dog is tiny and cute!

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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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