Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2021 11:27 pm


Date Joined: September 27, 2017
Last Online: January 14, 2021
Birthday: November 23
Country: United States

About Me

I live in central Texas with three precocious cats, in order of age (NOT intelligence): LuLu (male), Baxter, and Cookie. I enjoy
* reading,
* paper crafting,
* journaling,
* planning,
* essential oils,
* knitting,
* gardening/xeriscaping,
* coloring,
* yoga,
* memory keeping smash book style,
* snail mail/pen palling/happy mail/postcards, and
* Bible journaling and study.


I have always loved to read. I especially like mystery/thriller types of novels (John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Lee & Child) and the occasional romance. My current favorite series is about Armand Gamache and is written by Louise Penny. I don't typically re-read fiction, but this series I plan to!

My favorite books are The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Watchers by Dean Koontz.

My non-fiction shelves consist primarily of Bible studies & theology, yoga, and genealogy & history reference.

I always have one hard copy fiction, one audible fiction, and 1-2 Bible studies going at a time.

media favorites

I enjoy television more than movies because I appreciate the talent it takes to keep the audience involved for years in a plot. All time favorites include Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Alias, LOST, Big Bang Theory, and x-Files. I may have been a Survivor fanatic since it started. :)

I get hung up on fascinating podcasts sometimes. So much so that I want to take notes on them. Like Serial, Undisclosed, etc.

I spend too much time pinning things I'll never do on Pinterest or in craft swap Facebook groups.


I enjoy knitting (I can only do parallelograms - nothing fancy! - but I'm all about the scarves and potholders) and genealogy.

I'm still trying to find my paper crafting niche....I'm experimenting with making cards, pocket letters, embellishments, flip books, etc. I also love playing with paint. I use journaling cards, stickers, ephemera, etc. in my journals and planners. I use napkins for Bible journaling. So many napkins and bits and pieces that I love...I need to get into collages and glue books!

current junk journal themes that I'm collecting things for: * frogs,
* beach/sea,
* tea time,
* farm animal,
* bear,
* mouse

journaling & planning

I love memory keeping (smash book style, a little Project Life style) and planning. I've had a paper planner all my life and I love seeing more people getting involved in it. Some of the things I'm currently using:

  • Hobonichi cousin avec - memory keeping
  • Happy Planner classic - swap and pen pal logs
  • Happy Planner classic - scripture writing & gratitude
  • standard midori TN - planner
  • standard midori TN inserts - Bible studies, errand runner, craft supply inventory (it's a problem that I even need this)

favorite things

I collect/hoard journals and notebooks and office supplies and paper crafting supplies and napkins. It's an obsession.

I also collect mouse figurines and images, Gorjuss girl mini stamps, and location/vacation spoons.

I love butterflies, dragonflies, cats, and mice so they show up in my crafting a lot.

snail mail stuff

POSTCARDS! I love collecting postcards around the world and am a postcrosser! Please write a little about yourself... what makes your town special, what you're currently reading, what your plans are for the weekend. anything!. I love them addressed, written on, stamped, and well traveled!

PEN PALS! I love snail mail and would love to have more pen pals, especially outside the United States.

sending/receiving swaps

I mark items sent once I leave in an outgoing mail box or the post office itself. If I leave after my daily mail delivery, I assume the postmark is after the next day's delivery (and pickup) but considering how slow my mailman is, I can't guarantee it is even processed the same day! I try to compensate for this unknown in my sending. :)

If you don't receive, please PM me before rating. I may have a tracking number or other information to locate it and I am always willing to resend.

I rate upon receipt because that what I want people to do for me! But please know that I don't go to the post office to pick up mail every day. :)


Comment: I like the journal question - very reflective! Thanks for sharing! :) Stay safe and be well.
Comment: Thank you for the extra pc and book recommendation. I’ve never read Koontz before.
Comment: Thank you. Sounds like an interesting book.
Eulegirl rated for R&W: In July I read ... on Dec 16, 2020
Comment: Sorry for the late rating--I've heard good things about the Women in the Castle, which has been on my tbr list for a while. Good detective novels are always fun. I might check some of these out!
AislingKanoni rated for Tea Advent Calendar #5 on Dec 16, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much. Love all you sent. Can't wait to have the tea. Merry Christmas.
Lila84 rated for Tea Advent Calendar #4 on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you & looking forward to the teas! 🙂
Vickyen rated for LLU: Christmas Card Swap on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Hi Christy! Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card, lovely note and bookmark! All are appreciated! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Allylu rated for LLU: Christmas Card Swap on Dec 5, 2020
Comment: I got your card today. I was happy to see an unexpected book recommendation! I just read a great Christmas audiobook, "Wrapped Up In Christmas Joy" by Janice Lynn. Happy Christmas!
krspellman rated for Tea Advent Calendar #3 on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you!! The packaging is super cute! I can’t wait to open them up and drink all the tea! 💖
Tuutis rated for Tea & Christmas Card Swap #3 on Nov 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you so so much from this gorgeous christmas card, the teas, and your message. Happy holidays to you too, stay healthy <3
RNRISLOVE rated for Tea Advent Calendar #2 on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Loved your advent tea decorations and card. Thank you.
mariewilliams810 rated for Tea Advent Calendar #1 on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: I feel the same. The tea advent I wanted was almost $50 so yea, I'm just going to make one with my Swap-bot friends. :) Thanks for the great set!
wittmert rated for BLC: What I'm Reading on Nov 23, 2020
Comment: I love the Gamache books, too!
LPasternacki rated for Book Pages Swap 📖 🖋✨ on Nov 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all of the fun and different Page's.
Rbrstmpr rated for Book Pages Swap 📖 🖋✨ on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Technology has made this year soo much more bearable! Thank goodness for the ability to watch so much stuff on demand!
Rapsy rated for R&W: Thankful for TECHNOLOGY! on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for your email! You know, I think this past year has highlighted how difficult it was for some people with physical or mental limitations or who were just shy to do things even before all this. In a way I hope some things never go back to "normal". I've found telemedicine amazingly convenient for routine visits. And you mentioned church, I used to sometimes have to argue with my mother in winter about it "Ma, what God wants is for you not to have a broken hip, He'll live if you're not in church!" but she would feel bad. Now her Mass is online and she's grown quite used to it and I'd love to see it continue even afterwards. Take Care! :)
USAFwife rated for R&W: Thankful for TECHNOLOGY! on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: It sounds like technology has worked well for you, as well! I'm happy to hear you are able to try out some new things thanks to technology as well. :) I'm with you on books - I still prefer actual, print books. But ebooks are pretty darned handy, aren't they? :) Thanks for sharing.
Comment: That cat quote is very true. Last year, we adopted the most anti-social, social cat I've ever met. She doesn't accept pets, but she's constantly rubbing up against us to get the pets she craves.
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the postcard. And I'm definitely going to have to check out Hobonichi - maybe it'll be a good substitute for my Smash book addiction! Take care :)

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Rainydancer on May 13, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

thelocalman on Dec 15, 2019:

Just received your Texas Map Postcard. Thank you very much! Happy Holidays :)

thisismeAXiD on Nov 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


yvonne401 on Aug 17, 2018:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!



ChrisAnne on Aug 15, 2018:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home listed as The Christian Homestead (SB won’t let us change it). Glad to have you.

USAFwife on May 20, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending the additional information about Emily Dickinson! It was nice to learn a little more about her life. I appreciate you taking the time to send the additional information. :) Thank you! Cindi

Lucine on Dec 13, 2017:

Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy playing in my mini rubber stamp book:))

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