Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2023 12:37 am


Original Member
Last Online: March 27, 2023
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.

If you want a heart, you will read or at least scan my profile to see what I like and don't like! Hint: Don't send me stickers!

Word for 2023 "P" words--I did that thing on FB where you have friends leave a positive (hey, there's another!) word that starts with their first name, and Pat left Purpose. I loved that! I'm volunteering a LOT more this year, so I decided "Purposeful" would be my word. Later, I couldn't remember what the word was except that it started with P and came up with Productive and Playful, which I also love! So, PURPOSEFUL, PRODUCTIVE, PLAYFUL! And also Powerful, Peaceful and Profitable! Guess the Letter P is the letter for my year! lol!

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I couldn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

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 like to write, but need some external motivators, so I like prompts to spark an idea. I mostly write scripts--for stage or screenplays. I love dialogue, and get impatient with description, so that suits me best. I can do it, but I have to force myself to paint the scene. I admire authors who can do that, and develop a character with just a few brilliant descriptive sentences. I do NOT love Dickins for obvious reasons, if you've read him, you know why! I love his plots and he's developed some great characters but... well, he WAS paid by the word!

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.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

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)!

I'm adding this saguaro blossom image hoping it will show up this time. I seldom have any luck with this.

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!


PrincessLeia rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #124 on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Hi Carol, Thanks for your lovely letter. It was a little tricky to read as the envelope got wet, but luckily the card was in plastic. Hope you found a nice dress for the wedding. Would have liked to have been on that shopping trip with you - love a good deal! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
cadel rated for Traveling PC's World 73 on Mar 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you Carol for this swap and the amazing stamps on the envelope. I'm reading books written by Joël Dicker.
PrairieKittin rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #125 on Mar 24, 2023
Comment: I actually really liked your stamp. I'm a letterboxer, so I see carved stamps a lot! Yours turned out really well.
Mark63 rated for Well That Postcard's Kinda Weird on Mar 17, 2023
Comment: I'm glad you held on to this postcard for me. I like Vintage PCs with interesting subjects like this. Thank you. :-)
Comment: I love this quirky postcard! Thank you! It reminds me of Enchanted Forest in Oregon :)
Comment: Wow - great set of books and reviews! Two of my favourites on there -- the Neil Gaiman and the Octavia Butler. Is that the first Butler you've read or have you read her others? I've read some of them -- I've never yet got around to the Lilith's Brood series, but I love Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents and am particularly fond of Bloodchild. But your other books were all new to me and I've added several to my list for future reading, once I get past this heavy research period (which will, I'm afraid, shape my lists for the next few months).
Comment: Great reviews and I added The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World,The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill (which I never would have guess was written by Metzer) and Rough Sleepers. All got my attention for sure! xxMuggleMom
Comment: The lettuce looks so good. We're still buried under snow, so it's a long way off until we see see fresh lettuce here. Seeing the buffalo that close up would have been awesome! I didn't realize that saguaro only grew an inch a year. Gives me a whole new appreciation for the ones I saw in Arizona many years ago. Your agave plant is doing very well!
photovivie rated for BLC - My year in books 2022 on Mar 3, 2023
Comment: Somehow I forgot to rate. Sorry!!! Thank you so much for your very long letter. It was great to read it! I picked a lot of the books you mentioned for my own list!
Comment: Thanks for the book recommendations and I will look up Brooks one. I read “Kindred” and loved it.
Risna rated for Traveling PC's World #72 on Feb 27, 2023
Comment: Lovely package, thank you! Especially for the Phoenix Film Festival cards. Here's the link to our last selection of thriller and horror movies at our festival if you are interested: https://2021en.filmfestival-muenster.de/programm/nightwatch/ Take care!
Comment: Love your spread! Turned out great! You said it doesnt seem like much but it's important to you.. that is EXACTLY what journaling is supposed to be!! If it's important to you, it's worth documenting no matter how simple or complicated it is! It turned out GREAT ! Thank you for sharing!!!
Response: You're right! Thanks for reminding me. I get a little jealous when I see some of the things our craftier folks do in their journals. I love that stuff, but really, it's just not me. Thanks for the heart, too!
Comment: Dear Carol sorry for rating without comment I must confess I rated you with a 5 with mistake 🙊 I didnt read your email yet as i wanted to rate another member .. so first of all sorry for a silent rating nd thanks for your email I enjoyed it🌸 I think you mentioned the most important thing "It's special to me" and thats the case and that makes it beautiful and unique 🌸
Response: Lol! I have done that before myself! Thanks for coming back and adding a comment. Thank you for your kind words. You're right! And thanks for the heart, too!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful pics...and the info, i love learning, sorta a info sponge, and Lucy is Adorable!! and yes i remember that cartoon, it was one of my favorites!! clocking out with their lunchbox..and saying see you tomorrow lol!! thanks again for sharing...
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart! So glad someone else remembers that one!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your poetry! Always lovely to find new poets!
Response: You are welcome! He's a good one! So accessible and so spot on, too!
Comment: Thank you for your interesting note. Happy swapping!
Itchy rated for Ugly PC Swap #66 on Feb 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the nice ugly PC ^^
Response: haha! Thanks for the heart! Glad to be able to send these "ugly" ones along!
ccmmsu rated for LLU: Traveling Library Card Swap #28 on Feb 9, 2023
Comment: Thanks for hosting these, Carol! They were fun while they lasted, but I think they just kind of ran their course here. Thank you for the great email, as well. Kindred is amazing, and Ocean is one of my favorite Gaiman books, too! I haven't read Stardust yet, but will now on your recommendation. I hope to see you in other swaps, soon!
Response: Thanks, I'm sure we'll run into each other at some point! Yes, I agree. Swaps do seem to lose steam after a while. I'd hoped this one would last a little longer. I still have SO many wanderers out there somewhere. Maybe they'll make it back! I got a Pass & Paste last fall that had been MIA since 2017! lol!
Lantana149 rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #7 on Feb 6, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the creative PC! I had completely forgotten that Jenny Lawson opened up a bookshop here in S.A! I have read 2 of her books, Furiously Happy and Lets Pretend This Never Happened, both had me belly laughing! Her bookshop is back on my radar! Enjoy your day. :)
Response: I am SO jealous! From what I've seen, it's an adventure just wandering around in there! She's one of my favorites. If I ever get to SA, it'll be my first stop! Thanks for the heart!
MailArtbyJac rated for LLU: 2022 My Year in Books on Feb 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5!

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photovivie on Jan 27, 2023:

Thank you for sending me my library card back!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:


SeleneW on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my my mail box this month! The finish of the AMA HD/HP P&P which is just simply gorgeous! I love it! Thank you again! <3 <3

simcoe54 on Sep 15, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

DaisyNY on Jul 21, 2022:

In case you were wondering how this turned out:

wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

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