Updated as of: 10/18/2020
This is MY mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.
Partner/Coordinator communication will take place should this status change for any reason.
Missing Mail? Please direct message me BEFORE rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.
Postage DUE? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.
Please scroll to “DNS’s” for simple review of Dislikes🛑
My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵
Yes, my biological parents are hippies/musicians. I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and NORTHERN California foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force. We have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally enjoy 💙 Mother’s Day more than my own birthday!🎁 That includes ALL my animals too! 😉
🐾 Our current fur-family consists of 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 I've always enjoyed animals, but especially loved horses & dogs!
Whether furry or human my OHANA means everything to me.
Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many HOBBIES:
(indoor) Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Card-making, Coloring, Painting, Paper-making/marbling, Pottery, Genealogy, Crocheting, Face-painting, Dancing, Reading, Weaving, Watching Movies, DIY, Sewing, (beginner-level) Cross-stitch, Smash/Scrap-booking, and Art-Journaling (I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)
(outdoor) Hula, Hiking, Shooting,Thrift or Estate Shopping, Horseback Riding, Rollerblading, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling, Swimming, & Scouting (Boy/Girl/World). I earned my GSUSA Gold Award. Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is “Da Bears!”🐻
My current collections include: Vintage Scout Ephemera, Philately (postal stamps), Numismatics (currency), Deltiology (postcards), and Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ALL sizes & shapes of the 7-of-❤️’s playing card!
I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl! I like to listen to MUSIC nearly all the time, and if not, there’s usually a tune in my head!
NEATLY written or typed things are always welcome!
A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs
(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Oceania, & Sea Turtles!)
B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (Polar, Grizzly, Black, & Giant Panda) 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), & Bald 🦅 Eagles
C: Celtic Heritage, Clogging, Cinnamon Tea/Toothpicks, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse, & Cookie Monster
D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) decoupage tissue/napkins
E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore, & Emerald Green💚
F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ Fantastic Beasts, & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)
G: Groot, Guitar Picks, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (I’m a Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉
H: Hot Tamales Cinnamon Candy, 🐾Huskies 🐾, Hula (esp Ancient “Kahiko”), 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hibiscus, & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/FLOWER belly badge)
I: Ireland, Icebergs, & Incredible Hulk
J: Jolly Rancher Hard Candy, Juke Boxes, Jade Green Stone💚, 🏀Jordan #23, & ⚾️Jeter NYY #2
K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit, & Koru Loops (like this one)
L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, LEGO’s, & Levi’s
M: Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁
N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles, & Notes w/my Name on them 😉
O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters, & Optimus Prime
P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, & 💜Purple Pansies
Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)
R: 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees
S: Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Solfège, Sheet Music🎼, Spinning Poi Ball, & Sea Turtles
T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tartan, & Tribal Tattoos
U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) , & Uniformed Personnel
V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie, & Vintageitis!
W: Wolves, Wicket the Ewok, & Wyland Art (below)
X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️
Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda & The Child
Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle
Thank YOU for thinking of me!
B&W Photography! Especially of:
Handmade postcards are always VERY welcome too. I heart ART! So, please feel free to share your drawing, graphic design, coloring, photography, painting, or collage. I also don't mind receiving “print on-demand” (like Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press postcards). If it’s a card that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "NO"), please share it with me! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions like that!
🍪SPECIAL REQUEST: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname! * I also ask that my postcards please be sent WRITTEN on, but in an ENVELOPE (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).
👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝
🛑I like things with neither:
🚫 claymation nor stop-motion characters
🚫 sock-puppets nor dolls
🚫 zombies nor aliens
🚫 snakes nor scorpions
🚫 cosmetics nor odors/parfum
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a trauma survivor with diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way to not only re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner, but also challenge myself to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I am also a certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another. Please respect me by practicing the same. If I want to know your specific opinions, beliefs, or advise I will ask.
GREETING CARD SWAPS: I am NOT offended by the greeting “Merry Christmas” and although I respect other spiritual observances, I prefer that over the generic season’s greetings/happy holidays cards.
Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!
🚧 Page always UNDER CONSTRUCTION 🚧
As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)
If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will DELETE it to perhaps repost at a different time.
I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to ANGEL. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.
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