Swap-bot Time: August 21, 2019 8:29 am


Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: August 21, 2019
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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Note: I was apparently an original member. Never did a swap, but here: http://www.swap-bot.com/user:user744 if you have questions about my membership status. Rachel suspended that one so I could use this one, not realizing I had already had one.

About Me

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I'm 47. I like many types of art, and have gone through phases in life, always creating. Some phases I've been through.

  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • mod podge madness
  • painting with acrylics
  • sketching
  • zentangles
  • inchies (my new budding fave)
  • stamping and card making (Stampin' Up)
  • And then, no matter what else I may be doing art-wise, I'm always a writer.
  • There have been more, no doubt, but who can remember it all?
  • My new passion, diamond painting. Prettier and far more meditative than you'd think.

I am not good at painting, so don't worry about finding a picture in there, but I like mixing pretty colors in pretty ways.

I'm fanatically obsessed with.

  • the color green
  • but also all the other colors, too!
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Tennant
  • dogs
  • peacocks
  • songbirds
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • and mainly, the color GREEN. My daughter can't wait to move out cuz "I'm sick of living in a lime!"
  • but I also love ALL the colors, too!

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • birds
  • having all adult children!!!!
  • being on my OWN for the first time in my LIFE
  • photography (but the kind with the $200 camera or my iPhone 7+),not the $1500 camera--

As for who I am.

  • I am an ultra liberal
  • Atheist (a bit agnostic), which means
  • I love people very much and
  • Appreciate life now cuz I believe it's all I've got and
  • I don't hate religious people who don't hate others.
  • I have a kid who's gay. Have been a vocal supporter of gay rights since Matthew Shepard (I'll bet half of you youngsters don't even know who that is--if not, you really should look up his story. Heartbreaking.)
  • All 3 of my kids are mixed race (white/black)
  • I had 4 grandkids, but
  • One died of SIDS at age 4 months and 5 days.

  • I'm from Minnesota born and raised

  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 47,
  • I'm "free" for the first time in my entire life.
  • Not married, kids grown and heading out.
  • I'm in a stage where I am seeking ME.
  • Part of that is I've started painting.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody

Grandkids are the very reason for having kids. They are so awesome!!!

My dad died 3 years ago, and I still miss him every single day of my life, and my ex (children's father) died 2 years ago, and I miss him more and more. I thought time was supposed to heal! I'm patient...

  • I love history.
  • I am and have always been a writer. I journal a LOT and write fiction a LOT. Please don't ask me what I've published. I'll let you know if I ever have something to answer that question with! Well, blog articles, which I do for work.
  • I think people and their stories are super interesting, so...
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story! You know, those anecdotes that are hilarious or sentimental that the rest of your friends and family are sick of hearing. I haven't heard them yet! Tell me! I would honestly prefer that to physical extras.
  • Also, I'll 99.99999% of the time include at least a page, likely more, with any swap. If not, though, there was a time crunch, and I'll have at LEAST a quick note. If it's a letter swap, don't worry about having to measure how many pages - mine will be WELL OVER the requirement cuz I LOVE to write letters.

What I Like to Receive

This was going to be a list, but I realized what I'd like to receive is something you put your heart into. If it's a postcard, it can be either something you are super interested in, or something that matches stuff I've written here. Just please no bible verses. I don't like that. If you want to pray for my soul, feel free, just don't tell me about it. :D I have realized that as far as postcards go, I mainly look at the side you have written on. Sometimes I forget to look at the "front" for days. So it's your words that mean the most to me.

ATCs - People here are at all different levels, and as long as I can tell you put your best into it, I love it! I truly love each one best. I mean, think about it. You are sitting down, spending time, sometimes a lot of time, creating a piece of art for me. Of course I love it!

Notecards - Again, as far as what it looks like, whatever floats your boat, or mine. It's your words I care about. Share a piece of you, and I love it.

Letters - The longer, the better, baby. That's all I'm saying. Also, PLEASE legible, because I hate when I try to read it and can't! So if you're writing a really looooong letter and your hand gets tired, set it aside for the next day or something, so I can definitely read it. I'll do the same for you.

Hearts - I have literally not given a heart to one person who I gave a 5, because I could tell no effort had been put in. Otherwise, I always give hearts.

Extras - Welcomed, but not required. I give hearts for people who put effort in. Who am I kidding? I basically give everyone hearts. So I do love when I see extras, but I do not feel "disappointed" when I don't see them. All I want is my swap, and if you are thinking of making it a little extra special, as I mentioned above, tell me a story. Tell me a funny thing that happened today, or a funny kid story everyone who you know IRL is sick of hearing. Even funny pet story. I would love a page or two much more than a few extra things. But I totally appreciate when you do send extra things, too, and I can make use of them. What I'm saying is, I get mail that's not a bill, I'm thrilled with it already!

Favorite Books

I sometimes read more than 200 books annually, so I have a list of favorite authors, which includes, first and foremost, Stephen King. Then in no particular order.

1 Stephen King

  • JK Rowling
  • Amy Tan
  • Louise Erdrich (home grown)
  • Bryce Courtenay
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Charles Dickens
  • Anne Rice
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Anchee Minh
  • Ursula K Leguin
  • Joe Hill
  • Owen King
  • Margaret Atwood (long before the Hulu show came out)
  • Gregory Maguire
  • William Kent Krueger (home grown)
  • NK Jemisin
  • Charlaine Harris (guilty pleasure)
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Lisa See
  • GRR Martin
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Octavia Butler
  • Ian McEwan
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • David McCullough
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!)
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Tony Hillerman
  • Margaret Cole
  • John D. McDonald
  • Lemony Snicket
  • Walter Mosley

Okay, there are so many more. But you get the idea. I like books.

Favorite Television

I watch way too much TV. The top three, in the order I became a fan of them, are

1 The West Wing, BBC's Sherlock, and Doctor Who

2 Then all the Law & Orders (I will always love Jerry Orbach), Firefly (robbed!), Grey's Anatomy.

And in no particular order

  • ER
  • Buffy
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • Being Human (UK)
  • Star Trek (all)
  • LA Law
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Modern Family
  • Blackish
  • Life in Pieces

Much to my shame, there are many more. I'll leave it at that, though.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to books and NPR, but in the last couple years, Pandora and I have been working out my fave music. So here's some of my fave artists.

  • Maroon 5!
  • Mumford & Sons!
  • The Fray
  • Milky Chance
  • Bastille
  • Of Monsters & Men
  • The Lumineers
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • The Arctic Monkeys
  • The Script
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • AWOL Nation
  • Fallout Boy
  • The White Stripes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foster the People

So that, whatever that is called.

Favorite Movies

1 Shawshank Redemption

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Tombstone (the only Western on the list cuz - not a fan of Westerns - but the Wyatt Earp/ Doc Holliday relationship in this gets me every time).
  • Harry Potter movies
  • Meet the Parents
  • Schindler's List
  • Dead Again
  • Fallen
  • Star Trek movies

I don't watch a lot of movies. But this is a selection of ones I have liked.


  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Monotheism
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Large crowds
  • Small crowds if they are too noisy
  • Trying to have a conversation when I can hear another conversation or radio or TV
  • Loud Noises
  • Ticks
  • Pickles
  • Bagless Vacuums
  • Cleaning (though I love having a clean home, so...)
  • Cats (but only because I am so allergic to them that if I'm around them too long I might actually die, otherwise they are cool)


mermaidery rated for Write a Letter Quick Swap #15 on Aug 20, 2019
Comment: Aw! My parents had two parrotlets. Gracie was the same way. SUPER bitey till she wasnt. She loved when I would scratch her neck. 'Specially when her new feathers were coming in. She'd let me pick off the casings for as long as I wanted. Glad you're not getting chomped on anymore. Their little beaks hurt! Thanks for the letter. :D
Comment: Awe Jen, I love the card you sent ... it was so pretty! Thank you. : ) P.S. I have 2 adult kids and yes, I know exactly what you mean about the stress and worrying about them. Me too!
dlchick rated for WIYM: MiniZINE #1 - Inspiration on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for your zine! This was my first zine swap so I think it's extra special! :)
gizmodust rated for A Note For You # 9 on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you for a great swap. The quotes about birds are so nice. We feed the birds and have a large variety of them in our back yard. Just saw a gold finch yesterday which is Iowa's state bird. Love the fabric, so pretty. Thanks again.
Comment: Thanks a lot for your letter, you have an amazing handwriting! :) I'm going to reply to your letter soon! :)
GirlMomToTwo rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - I - US ONLY on Aug 19, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your letter!!!!
BeadDiva rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the goodies. I love your booklet. Such a clever idea.
denisedecker58 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you!
gillman rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much!!
A127 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: You deserve many heartsThanks!
Rita rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the note and cool paper goodies!
patricia8288 rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the great goodies
saturatedinink rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful and thoughtful swap.
ladyaduial rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!
Jrenewright rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Great package! Thanks so much, I love it all :)
thegiantsmurf rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 13, 2019
Happycrazylion rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks. Love the goodies.
peaceandlove rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 13, 2019
dawnbentley rated for Stuff the Mailbox #19 on Aug 12, 2019
Comment: Awesome envie of goodies!!!! Thank you personalizing it!!!!

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happyhaggis123 on Aug 21, 2019:

thank you for sending me a copy of your dog zine and for hosting the swap. I really enjoyed it! I like big dogs more too.

bluehairedmary on Aug 4, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lettersets for CPG Tag You're It – US Only! They were happy mail for me to receive and will make future happy mail! Win-win! Thanks again!

neva on Aug 2, 2019:

Thank you so much for the luck zine! It's amazing, so pretty and packed with info! I loved reading it!

Margothecat on Jul 29, 2019:

Thanks so much for the digital images. They are really cute!

bluerose3 on Jul 26, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome envelope of random items from the CPG Random Grabbie Tag.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Jul 26, 2019:

HI I rec'd your letter yesterday, I will be writing you back and mailing next week. Sorry I missed your Birthday!!!

LindaW on Jul 24, 2019:

Happy Birthday! πŸŽπŸŽ‰

HappyMom on Jul 21, 2019:


Artstamper on Jul 11, 2019:

Thank you for the July Wacky holidays zine! It took awhile for me to realize that it was extra and you are not one of my partners. You are so sweet and generous, thanks so much.

thisismeAXiD on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

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