Swap-bot Time: January 16, 2021 10:06 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: January 16, 2021

Country: United States
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Staying Safe in All Ways

Updated December 31, 2020

Thank you for wearing a mask as we do our best to care for each other!
— Sign spotted at Trader Joe's

We wear masks and practice social distancing and frequently wash our hands reduce our risk of getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. Now, again, no errands. We order groceries for curbside pickup or delivery and stamps online from USPS.

With an abundance of caution, we take the incoming mail out of our mailbox, dump it in a pile in the front hall, and wash our hands. We open it a couple of days later. See this free article in The Washington Post: "How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives."

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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 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 to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. 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.)

manders loves kawaii


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.

Good Reads

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • I raced through the first two books in the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris and look forward to the third book, expected in February.
  • 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
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.

No, thank you

  • Artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners
  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic bits
  • Washi tape. I have plenty.


ccmmsu rated for KSU: Meet me at the Ice Cream Parlor on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: lol - I had the same experience with this swap. "Oh, this will be easy! I have tons of ice cream kawaii." Nope. No I don't. I just squeezed out the limit, too. :) Thank you for all the adorable pieces you sent! So cute!!
Response: You're welcome! A while back Pattie mentioned that she gets ideas for future swaps when she comes across more than a few pieces she'd have for a category swap.
Comment: Very fun -- and love the UNICEF card. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I bought those cards when I spotted the mango-shaped India.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: This is my aesthetic on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: We have so much in common. =D
Response: Yes we do! 🥘🍲🍱
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the lovely postcards and note card. I especially loved the artichoke hearts and the Disney villain PC. Yes, I am South Asian and my family is actually from Punjab! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Chennai and hopefully you can visit more of the cities soon! Take care and happy new year xx :’)
Response: You're welcome! Who knows when and where I'm going next?!!
Comment: Thanks so much, hope you had a nice Christmas! I hear MN got some snow a few days back- we got 43 inches here in NH last week!
Response: You're welcome. Yes, we have snow, slowly but surely accumulating now. I need to change the license plates on the car now - it's up in the 20s today!
Bhindblueeyes rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #2 on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: What a beautiful card! Thank you for the letter and the recipe! The latter I shared with my Mum :)
Response: You're welcome! I fell in love with mango-shaped India, a design that's ubiquitous in India and a seminal example of cultural appropriation.
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: Meet me at the Cafe on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Meredith, I received your swap today yesterday and opened it today. Thank you for all the cafe theme goodies. I am saving your note to read later but wanted to come and rate you first.
Response: You're welcome. Today is a day of catching up and, as is our usual custom, avoiding stores. I drove by Target #1 the other day and the parking lot was packed. Covid? What Covid?
Comment: Hi Meredith! 👋 Thanks so much for the great selection of PCs & for the extra. I also love the stamps and artistamps on the envelope. I also enjoyed your notecard and message. Currently I use Scotch brand “mega glue stick” which goes on purple. I’m going to look for “Gloo” - thanks for the recommendation. Practice makes perfect, right? and sometimes even if it turns out awful, I enjoy the process. Take care 🤗
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the words of advice. I don't obsess over the notes I write - so why can I not stopping obsessing about making perfect crafts?!!
paperedlove rated for KSU: 20/20/20 on Dec 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the amazing swap and for sending my favorites! I loved everything!
Response: You're welcome!
CindyST rated for PTG: Christmas Card with postcards on Dec 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card and postcards. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Response: You're welcome. Tonight is the first night of Chanukah and it's quiet in our home because my husband is proctoring an exam via Zoom this evening.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card and washi. Merry Christmas 🎄
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thank you so much! The sticker flakes are a real treat. Such a sweet suprise. Merry Christmas ♥ :)
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy to treat you!
Mamamoose rated for Winter Postcard on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the cool postcard! Have a great winter!
Response: Cool! Winter! Great word play!
ashanti2106 rated for CCYY: Christmas Card #1 on Dec 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for a special swap. I love the card, the letter you've written and the washi samples.Merry Christmas!!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: It arrived today!!! OMG You are so funny! My kids were THRILLED when I opened the box to reveal a huge tub of red vines!!! You are the best!
Response: I'm glad everyone is thrilled! I sent my in-laws a big box of Ghirardelli brownie mixes (6 pouches) from Costco and realized I could flip the cost of swaps: more product and less postage. Now, don't eat them all at once!
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: Pick a theme on Dec 1, 2020
Comment: Oh my, I absolutely adore the theme!!! Every time I see something Kawaii with a book, I am reminded of you. But I can't believe there are so many items with a book on it! Thank you for such a fun package!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like like the package of little books!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely teas! I hope you and greg had a wonderful meal together on thanksgiving...it all sounded great! I spent the day with my mom and we cooked a middle eastern feast for fun! :).
Response: You're welcome. We had a tiny quiet feast -- we each chose a couple of favorites and I made a new dish: Hasselback potatoes. My husband Zoomed with his family too.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and amazing postcards!!! Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome! I'm sending to you again today!
Comment: OMG!!!! I love the 007 Japanese poster PC!! I love James Bond movies. The notecard is also really pretty. Thank you so much for lifting my day! Aloha
Response: You're welcome. Your lovely rating is a lift to my day!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. I‘ll add the books you mentioned to my to-read list. They sound very interesting 🙂
Response: You're welcome. A good book is always a treat!

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sebastian122 on Jan 9, 2021:

Hang in there.

Bhindblueeyes on Jan 5, 2021:

Thank you so much for the very bizarre postcard!! It was a bit trippy. My first reaction was, "Oh! I love these giant, doll type characters," immediately followed by a raised eyebrow and a, "Whaaaaa?" I just loved how the full image wasn't processed by my brain, but it came to light in pieces, at least for me lol. It's def an odd one!! Thank you!!

caf1988 on Jan 3, 2021:

Wonderful Wishes Dec 2020

It looks like your card took the long way between MN and VA :-) I really enjoyed reading about your Chanukah traditions. I love the idea of a holiday where fatty foods are a requirement--YUMM!!!

I think your card (UNICEF Peace in our World) will go on long term display in our house :-) Thank you!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 1, 2021:

Thank you for the holiday card and LEGO PC. It looks so real when they extinguish the candles. It looks like real smoke! Thank you once again for thinking of me. =D

BusyB on Dec 31, 2020:

Hello, Did you receive the package I sent okay? Tracking says it was delivered on December 19th. 😊 Oh dear I hope so! Happy New Year!

phillaine on Dec 24, 2020:

Happy Holidays! ♥

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2020:

kiddomerriweather on Dec 22, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra ounce stamps! That was so generous of you! You are too good to me. =D

December WW

lasciviouskisses on Dec 16, 2020:

Thank you for the gorgeous world map greeting card and pusheen postcard for the Make a Wish December!

Lonestarchild on Dec 16, 2020:

Beautiful Christmas PC for WW Dec. I love the non-traditional colors! Thank you!

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