Swap-bot Time: August 15, 2020 4:17 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: August 14, 2020

Country: United States
My Postcrossing Profile

Staying Safe in All Ways

Updated August 4, 2020

I always wear a mask when I'm not at home. Because I respect others' needs to stay safe as well as to take care of myself. It's for the herd.

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 also this free article in The New York Times: You’ve Got Mail. Will You Get the Coronavirus? and this one in The Washington Post: "How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives."

Swap-bot doesn't use HTTPS for secure communications over the internet. Because my Swap-bot profile is public, visible to everyone on the internet, I'm deleting most everything. It's a bit like latching the barn door after the horse is gone, but friends who are security experts tell me every little bit helps.

I'll leave a little information for swaps and wishes. For starters, my kitchen is my craft room. If you're a member of Postcrossing, you can see my Postcrossing profile for more information. Send me a pm if you want to know more about my preferences.

The upside is that my profile is a quick read!


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

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3.

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 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?

What I'm Reading

I'm bingeing on Louise Penny's mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. I discovered our library has all the audio books and enjoy listening to them while I'm weeding the garden. My next book club book is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The one after that is Nemesis by Philip Roth, a novel about the polio epidemic.


ccmmsu rated for KSU: All the same shape flakes on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: Wow! You found way more circle flakes than I did. I'm impressed! Thanks so much for all the fun flakes!!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome Yuko Higuchi postcard, I love her art! Hope you're able to visit Salem again someday!
Response: You're welcome. I ordered the box of Yuko Higuchi postcards from a shop in Japan, just before all the shipping closed down. They sent them FedEx and the box arrived in June. And then I discovered there's a cult following of her work.
kydestar rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #7S on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: Hi Meredith, Thank you for the Brilliant postcards, a lovely selection. I also love the postage stamps you used. Thanks again & take care.
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy using all the different postage stamps as people enjoy receiving them!
LapisLazuli rated for Sender's Choice PC August on Aug 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! :)
Response: You're so welcome!
rhinoluvr rated for Black & White Postcard on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Hi Meredith, Thanks so much for this lovely B&W Tulip PC, by the master Robert Mapplethorpe. & for your nice note. I can see that it's been postmarked the 1st, but it only arrived today. :/ I'm sad the mail has slowed... I'd love it if everyone feeling disconnected now would reach out to their friends & family via snail mail. Take care & keep cool. ;)
Response: You're welcome. I'm doing my bit for the USPS, sending more than a dozen postcards each week to family and friends, and Postcrossing and Swap-bot. Also care packages to my husband's parents.
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I completely understand about your high school journal although it does sound like an interesting way to approach writing. Hope your book club goes well and thanks for the extra pcs.
Response: You're welcome. I credit that English teacher with liberating me from writing anxiety. Someone working for me couldn't write a coherent bug report so I sent her to a community college writing class; she had grammar lessons as well as writing a journal entry everyday.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: All the same shape flakes on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thatttttttts a lot of hearts! Like WAY more hearts than I was expecting, but not as many as you deserve! ;-)
Response: More like giving my heart(s) to you.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the AIW goodies, and those mini memos of the cauliflower-headed dog are SO you! You aesthetic shines through. XOXO
Response: I thought they were broccoli. You're welcome.
Kvwanderlost rated for Mini Scavenger Hunt 8/2020 on Aug 7, 2020
Comment: Fabulous PCs Meredith! I especially love the "MailWhale boat" :)
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt.
Comment: Thank you for the great variety :D
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt.
Comment: I love the envelope u sent it in. The postcards are great and your letter was really nice. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. I have boxes of 100 postcards that I love sharing! I enjoy writing letters too.
user6937 rated for NYUP: Hot Postcards on Aug 4, 2020
Comment: These are great, thank you! And, that hot guy? Yup, I thought Grey Worm was, too (and this is my first Game of Thrones pc - yay)!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them. I enjoyed stretching the boundaries of this swap! Let me know if you'd like a private swap for more GOT postcards.
Comment: WOW, pink overload! Thank you for the great variety!
Response: You're welcome. I think it's fun to make a great variety.
Comment: Love the flakes, thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. And I'm sending you more tomorrow!
Comment: Hi Meredith, Thank you so much for the great envelope of happy mail! I love every one of the PCs you sent, especially the cats, bookstore, and Jean Cocteau ones. The envelope is lovely too, with fun washi tapes & Anne Spencer postage. Take care & keep cool ;)
Response: You're welcome! Your great profile helped me choose postcards for you.
Comment: thank you for so meany purple items love them!
Response: You're welcome. I do lose count after a while!
Suzyanner rated for PSH: Nature Scavenger Hunt on Jul 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the just wonderful postcards and the interesting information on them,and your extremely cute stationary! What a great packet of mail fun!
Response: You're welcome. I have kawaii stationery that I buy online and swap. I'm not a collector -- I have too much fun using it!
Comment: Thanks so much for the pc, I love the cats!!
Response: You're welcome. I have a box of postcards by that artist, many full of fantasy, or maybe surreal? I wasn't sure whether you'd like odd cats so I chose a straightforward card for you.
GlitZ rated for Kawaii Sticker Flakes, 2 partners USA on Jul 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for swapping and for the pastel cat flakes! Your note paper was also super cute~
Response: You're welcome and thank you for rating me so promptly! I use large memos or letter paper from kawaii letter sets for my note paper.
Comment: These are great -- love the owls and cats! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.

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susieq11 on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the postcards for WW August! I think the two sets are great! Really nice postcards. And thank you tons for the Mark Ryden one - I loooove his art! The donkey and bunny washi is so freaking adorable. Saving it for my journal!!! 🥰

kiddomerriweather on Aug 8, 2020:

Thank you for the August WW! I'm very grateful for the kawaii memos and postage. I really needed both. =D

OrigamiGrace on Aug 7, 2020:

Happy Friday!!


grammypammy on Aug 7, 2020:

Thank you for thinking of me and granting my wish in WW.

Hugs, Pam

sherba31 on Aug 5, 2020:

Thank you for the postcard you sent for August WW. I'm glad your husband has remote options for teaching. As a former traditional school teacher, I am concerned for all going back in the building. A neighbor told us his college child is returning to on-campus classes and his high schooler will be in-person 5 days a week! EEK!

Ellen101 on Aug 1, 2020:

I appreciate your thoughtfulness during my recovery! Love the Kawaii you sent!

sebastian122 on Jul 31, 2020:

WOOT! Your PF tag arrived today! Just in time to decorate envelopes. I'm developing more of my aesthetic. Thanks!!

raniheartspaper on Jul 31, 2020:

Meredith, thank you so much for the RAK. The envelopes are perfect! You're the best!

sebastian122 on Jul 27, 2020:

Nice postcard. You are so aesthetic.

susieq11 on Jul 16, 2020:

Thank you for the gorgeous postcards for WW July!!! The Yuko ones are stunning and omg I had no idea the one was LEGO!! Ha! I appreciate them so much! Hope you’re doing well and having a good month. xoxo

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