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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: October 15, 2021

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About Me

Updated 6 October, 2021

I'm a retired software engineer and application architect. I'm working on websites for a couple of nonprofit organizations. I've learned when people ask me to build a website, I ask them to prepare content, enough for 30 webpages. That's often when their dream dies.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. These days I'm simplifying complicated recipes, like crustless cheese-less quiche with three ingredients plus salt, pepper and herbs. What are your favorite foods? How do you make them? I drink lots of tea, mostly herbal now, if a swap suggests sending tea in sealed packets.

Sometimes I make fancy envelopes and some are pretty good. The best ideas come from mail art that I receive, like tearing a map to cover the front of an envelope. I have lots of Japanese washi tape and often use just that on outgoing envelopes. Some people tell me they pull it off the envelopes I send and reuse it. I would love to receive unused vintage US postage stamps or unused postage stamps from other countries to decorate envelopes. Lots of Stamps on an Envelope swap requirements don't say they all need to be from my country!

I enjoy writing and often send letters or longish notes with swaps, even when they aren't required. That's the extra I send. I'd love to receive lined letter paper, folded or not.

Traveling is my greatest love. I worked and lived in Israel and India and lived in Paris, all places I enjoyed despite not having time for sightseeing. (I never went up the Eiffel Tower.) Until the pandemic I traveled quite a bit. Now I'm waiting to see where I can go next. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?

My spouse went to a UMN mask wearing clinic and showed me how to put on an N95 mask. Don't pinch! Smooth the whole wire over the bridge of your nose, then press it in with the heel of your hand and smooth it again. I tried it and there's much less fussing to get it right.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes and written, naked postcards. I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing; I set them aside so I won't send them for Swap-bot swaps. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder. Please send nice, colorful and cheerful postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends.

If you're sending me a naked postcard, please send one that's a favorite of yours, sender's choice or for a swap with a theme.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts. Postcards from the US when you're from elsewhere! Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. Not those childish Distributed by Michael's Inc. designs. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3. (Lucky you if there's a Half Price Books near you.)
Please, no junk.

manders loves kawaii

Omurice is a wonderful quick dinner. I make it with Trader Joe's Japanese Fried Rice and extra frozen vegetables, thin omelettes that we lay over the fried rice, and ketchup. And now it's turning up in kawaii like Ojipan and I love them all!


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at faux Starbucks.

I'd appreciate stickers and memos for mail art: faux postage, letters, writing implements, and stationery.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, and pastel Sentimental Circus.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

No, thanks. Poo and bottoms aren't kawaii to me. 3D stickers from sheets and sticker flakes, especially PVC and puffy. Real photos made cute aren't so cute to me. Unicorns are too sweet for me.

Books I Recommend

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
  • Book club books: Nemesis by Philip Roth, a novel about the polio epidemic; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Pulitzer Prize winner The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • A Promised Land. Barack Obama's memoir, read by Barack Obama
  • The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I read and loved the first three books in the series The Queen's Thief ages ago and will backtrack to 4 and 5 in the series.
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old, a poignant and sometimes hilarious account of aging.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. I read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of his feminist novels. It amazed us that his characters feel contemporary.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. It's excellent and deeply discouraging.
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley, a YA fantasy author. I'm binging on her books now, as my turn comes up on the hold list. Every story is unique!

No, thank you

  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it. I drink lots of tea!
  • Ephemera, scrap book paper, and the like. I'm not very good at paper craft. My phone is my planner and my journal is unadorned.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi tape.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Postcards: see above
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org: People can be exposed to thirdhand smoke by touching contaminated surfaces (absorption through the skin).
  • Unicorns, unless they are images of the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


Comment: Thanks for the cute card and nice note - Enjoy drinking tea while you visit family in Wisconsin!
Comment: Beautiful things! And really appreciated the chatty note -- just what I needed after a long day of pure tedium!!
Comment: Thank You! Love the card you sent!!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Halloween card, and the delightfully spooky card you enclosed. Love the stickers on the envelope!
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcards.
marles rated for CPG World Postcard Day - Global on Oct 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks!
Response: You're welcome!
turboneko rated for KSU: PinkPinkPink on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Yay for pink! :p Thank you!!
Response: Hip hip hooray! You're welcome!
Reisegern rated for Fluxus Mail Art on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for your amazing Mail Art, dear Meredith! It absolutely made my day very happy. I will get back to you via PM.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I was anxious! Let's do this again, new topic!
lnguyen124 rated for KSU: YOU pick the theme treat bag on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Opening this happy mail was truly a TREAT! I loved everything you sent, I had a huge smile on my face as I opened everything, thank you so much Meredith!
Response: You're so welcome! Yours is exactly the response I hoped for!
Comment: Thankyou so very much, what a lovely swap! Hope you are staying safe, cheers 😀
Response: You're welcome! Safe, yes. My husband started teaching in person this week and was relieved to see that all the students in the lecture hall wore masks. He'd been anxious for weeks.
Comment: Thanks so much for the kawaii flakes and memos (some are new to me) -- all so neatly packaged. And a handwritten note is always a nice touch. Happy swap!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for hosting the swap. It's nice to participate in a kawaii swap that's not KSU.
glassnowdrop rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #29 on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcards! I love the captain marvel one in particular :) All the best!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you have a wordy profile!
weatherwax rated for CPG-Fast Blind Swap - Global on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: Both envelopes arrived today and they are wonderful!!! We opened the po box on the 24th aug. and on the 3rd sept and they were not there, they seem to have waited for each other...thank you for introducing me to Higuchi Yuko, such wonderful artwork!!! Your Mail is always so poetic, I love your sense for details!! Thank you Merdith for all these treasures ✨❤️
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad both arrived and that you love Higuchi too!
Comment: Oh wow, these are great pcs! I haven’t seen the Stillwater Prison one before. Thank you so much!!
Response: You're so welcome. I'd just found the Stillwater Prison postcard in Stillwater and was happy to see that you collect prison postcards - on nearly the same day!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: KWIK Kawaii: 30 flakes! on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Love love love the toast flakes, and you can send me those groceries any swap! Love the destash, too. Feeling super lucky!!
Response: Lots of groceries for your cookbook! Yes, it's better to be lucky than good.
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8O on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcards. I am dying over the diagram one! LOVE!! All are perfect - Holocaust Museum, women’s voting, tree with stars. Hope all of your family is doing well now. And as always - love to see your washi!! xoxo
Response: You're welcome! I explore the far reaches of my collection to send you ones I've not sent before. Family is getting ready for in-person lecturing next week. My job is to take him clothes shopping and give him a haircut.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great cards and the lovely note! <3
Response: You're so welcome!
marclively rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #217 on Aug 25, 2021
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Another massive swap from you! Dang! And the UFO tape continues to delight. XOXO
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you still like the UFO tape.
Comment: Thank you for the pen pal letter. I really enjoyed reading it. I love the Disney postcards very much.
Response: I'm glad you liked reading it! Writing the letter was a good way to think about what I did this summer.

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kiddomerriweather on Oct 11, 2021:

Thank you for the Stickii Club stickers you sent for my October WW. I'm absolutely thrilled to have them!

tcornell on Oct 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome supply of Kawaii memos that you sent me, once again for the Oct WW! I truly was just about out- you're soooo appreciated! ♥♥♥

Lonestarchild on Oct 8, 2021:

Thanks for the WW Oct wishes -- some new ideas for me! Cool cards too!

Robinarie on Oct 7, 2021:

Hi Meredith, Thank you for granting me October Wishes. I love the kawaii note papers. I can picture your oak trees and all those leaves! Wet leaves are heavy, I agree they do pack easier. Enjoy your Autumn. Robinarie

sebastian122 on Sep 19, 2021:

Lunch/bento, you are correct!! =D

Lonestarchild on Sep 10, 2021:

Thanks for sharing Back-to-School news for WW August!

Mimosagirl on Sep 3, 2021:

Thank you very much for sharing your mini memos! I have a childs lunch box full of little cello bags if you need more. We can do a swap ❤️

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2021:

Thank you so much for the amazing postcard! It triggered me to come back to SB to check out what is going on. The dust is finally starting to settle and I hope to be swapping again soon!!!

lnguyen124 on Aug 23, 2021:

Thank you for the kawaii mini memos, you are too sweet!

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