Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2020 10:50 am


Original Member
Last Online: October 19, 2020
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

I usually find I can't use supplies sent to me in swaps: colors, sizes, patterns, etc. don't usually fit my needs and I don't do much mixed media stuff. I'd rather just go find what I like/need at the time. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already!

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap!

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in! Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


KSENiA rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 20 on Oct 20, 2020
Comment: I was cleaning my desk and found some old unrated swaps. The fell behind the printer... I am so sorry for rating so late. Thank you for the postcard. your card will be sent with the next round.
Vickyen rated for Naked Map PC From Your Country #15 on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Hi Carol! Love the Arizona pc! I cannot believe how hot it has gotten in your state this year - crazy times! Glad it is cooling off! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Glad you like it! It's finally coming down, but still above normal. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Got your library card! You are learning to play the ukele? How wonderful! I want to learn to play the dulcimer, but they are expensive. I'm trying to keep busy, too. We have to do it, don't we?
Response: Oh, those are lovely, both in sounds and looks. Ukes are pretty affordable and you don't need to spend a lot of money to get one that sounds good. I'd go ahead and start with that so you get familiar with a stringed instrument. Lots of free instruction online! Bernadette teaches music is a great one to start out. Wish I'd found her sooner! Thanks for the heart!
NRGordon rated for Scatts PC Swap -Q - US Only on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice PC and your answers. Australia, yes! High on my bucket list. Perhaps we will see each other there.
Response: That would be fun! I got to go there with a group of high school students in 2002, and it was the best trip ever. 3 weeks on a bus going up the coast from Sydney to Cairns. I know, it sounds terrible, but it was amazing. I want to go back and see more. Thanks for the heart!
Artistic rated for Read a Writers' Craft Book on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: Enjoyed your informative analysis of the Chuck P book. What were the other questions in the end chart? That sounded important.
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! I had to get the copy back from the library, but I scanned the pages. I'll email them to you, so look for an email from casugi!
suepier rated for Scatts PC Swap - N - US Only on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards and sharing your scattegories with me.
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
jessi1221 rated for Traveling Greeting Card #3 on Oct 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely card! It is one of those "keepers". Will definitely try the yummy recipe! Please take care and stay safe!
Response: So glad you like the card! That recipe has become my go-to for an quick, easy and tasty lunch. I love to add shrimp and Greek olives. Yum!
Comment: WOW! Apparently I missed you in my stack of ratings (last month!!!) sorry it took so long :) I love your desert painting!! It's beautiful and the colors are so congruent. Thank you!
Response: No worries. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the heart!
MissPaula rated for HD/HP Pass and Paste #99 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Great idea, the Monochrome colors. I think I'm going with blue. This will be fun. Thanks!
Response: I'd love to see this one when it's done! Thanks for the heart!
3cats2dogsand2crazykids rated for Ugly PC Swap #15 on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: This was not ugly at all! I love Hand made items so this is a treasure! 💌
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart! I keep hoping for a better result, but I'm learning!
pynart2 rated for Used Stamp Chain Card Round 32 on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: Loved the post card and extra stamps, thank you so much. I love Phoenix, been there several times.
Response: Glad you liked them! THanks for the heart! It's been extra hot here this summer, still over 100 in October! I'm even starting to get tired of the heat, and I love it--usually. Looking forward to crisp weather with sweaters and boots!
Allegrae rated for Collaboration #88 on Oct 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the PC. Will finish it off and send it home. And thanks for the great little honey booklet. I love it! Stay safe, healthy and sane out there...
Response: I'm so glad I found that. Mom had so much stuff like that, I have to toss it, but it's hard to know who might like it. Glad I saw that note in your profile!
ameribuddy rated for August 2020: What Did you Read? on Sep 29, 2020
Comment: Reading is reading, no mater how many books you read!
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5!
Rova rated for August 2020: What Did you Read? on Sep 19, 2020
Comment: You have read amazing books. I enjoyed the email. Thank you for joining🤍
Response: Thanks for the heart! Glad you enjoyed it!
sunshinesuperman rated for USA: Face Time-Sept on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for this great card. I will for sure try the site you spoke off. I do like this technique!! Hugs, Mona
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
craftyAnnaLu rated for Scatts PC Swap - J - US Only on Sep 12, 2020
Comment: D.C. is such a great place to visit! I've been to the Jefferson Memorial. Thanks for the great PC and answers!
Response: You are welcome. I'd love to visit D.C. again--in the spring this time, for the cherry blossoms! One of these days, soon, I hope!
suepier rated for SSM: Book Recommendation postcard #9 on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and book recommendation. I will look it up on Amazon. Right now I have 3 books to read for book clubs but perhaps after that I will have time to read other books.
Response: I hear you on that! I have so many books going now, I don't even know which to pick up! Lol! Trying to get it all in, I guess. Thanks for the heart!
Carollee922 rated for Scatts PC Swap - H - US Only on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: TYVM
Scarlett3639 rated for Traveling Greeting Card #2 on Sep 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the recipe and the thoughtful note! Things are opening up here as well. I have not been to the Smoky Mountains, they look beautiful.
Response: So glad you liked them! The Smokies are definitely worth a trip! I have heard that they are the most visited National Park. I can believe it!

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desertdoll on Apr 25, 2020:


McAnaraks on Feb 24, 2020:

I enjoyed working on your collaboration card, thank you collaboration

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

addendum to my thank you..... THANK YOU for the GREAT fruit stamps....... oh I love them they really complete the postcard...... woo hoo!!!

ktk8 on Jan 25, 2020:

Hello and Happy New Year....THANKS for adding to my fruits of change postcard and sending it home it got here yesterday and I love it.... HOPE you are feeling BETTER AND BETTER.... big gentle hugs...

thisismeAXiD on Sep 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

wolfeagle on Jul 19, 2019:


Thank you for contributing to my Pass and Paste. I love how it turned out.

camelsamba on Jun 9, 2019:

Love the fish print you sent along with the HD/HP Pass & Paste card. A few years ago I took a pen & ink class at the local art center. One of our projects was a graphic novel style page - mine included some Escher-style elements, including fish. The page is too big for my scanner, though, so I've never managed to share it online anywhere. PS summer in Ann Arbor is the best. Also spring, when everything is blooming. Fall is pretty great as well. Winter can be hard work :^)

MissPaula on Mar 27, 2019:

Thanks for adding to my Love p&p card, it looks great!

wolfeagle on Mar 17, 2019:


BeckyG56 on Mar 7, 2019:

Thanks for your addition to my HD/Hp card. I love the drawn hungry caterpillar. It made it home!

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