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Staying Home & Staying Healthy

Updated April 6, 2021

My greatest regret over the last year is that I can't go anywhere. March 1st and last Monday I traveled 30 miles to Wyoming for my vaccination, the first time I'd been more than ten miles from home. Rates of infection will need to come way down before we visit my in-laws in central Wisconsin. My husband is most concerned now about the variants because we still don't know whether the vaccines are effective against them. Rates of infection are up here so we are back to curbside pickup for groceries.

I'd planned several trips before the lockdown: Glacier and Yellowstone in last May, Botswanna in the summer with my niece who's a primary school art teacher, and Amsterdam or maybe Japan with another niece. Of course those trips never happened. That trip to Africa may never happen, and Amsterdam is a long shot. I hear that the less popular national parks are not so busy. Maybe... eventually.

My husband, a university math professor, is working from home. He teaches remote classes and works hard on getting it right. Students are doing pretty well, though mental health is a big concern and counseling services are overwhelmed. And I'm quiet until 3pm each day so it's quiet for him to work. Cleaning and cooking and baking begin at 3.

Swap-bot is a blessing now. There's practically no one in our postoffice on Thursday afternoons and that's when I mail swaps with tracking because it's quick in and quick out. I purchase postage stamps online for a better selection and one less trip to the postoffice.


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
  • 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. It's like meeting many new people while we aren't just now.
  • 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.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Please, not those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Scenery Cartoons Retro Postcards.
  • Tobacco smoke residue


Comment: Thank you for my sticker sack and especially for your patience with me. Take care and stay well. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Thanks for the nice rating. I'm glad you're getting everything sorted out.
Zefaniya rated for CPG ~ Not Near Me Tourist PC ~ USA on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Love Alaska so I love this postcard!
Response: I'm so glad I got your sweet spot!
Comment: Thank you very much!
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the prompt rating and the heart!
ayahsantos rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #212 on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much Meredith! Yes! I heard the website jetpens.com but the shipping is expensive to Canada :( Take Care always!!
Response: You're so welcome! And that's a fast trip to Canada for a change. Most swaps I mail to Canada take almost a month. Perhaps an Etsy shop in Canada?
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: 50 Flake Stickers! on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for all the sticker flakes! I had to open new sacks too. Loved going through all the sticker flakes you sent. Thank you!
Response: You're so welcome! I now have more unopened sticker sacks than open ones so it's time to open more.
Comment: Thank you for the extra pc and letter. I’m a huge audiobook fan for the same reasons you mentioned. I’ll check out your favorites...I love book recommendations. Stay safe and healthy!
Response: You're so welcome! I enjoy writing those letters.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Apr 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the weiner dog washi. lol And I loved the flakes (surprise, surprise.) Thanks for joining my swap. =D
Response: And double the fun! Nothing like a resend to get the mail flowing again.
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
Response: Thank you for rating me anyway. I sent you a thank you - not a resend! It's with tracking 9500116604921100682414, expected delivery Wednesday 4/14. Maybe this will help with your mail problems. Please leave a comment to let me know that it's in your hands!
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
Response: Thank you for rating me anyway. I sent you a thank you - not a resend! It's with tracking 9500116604921100682414, expected delivery Wednesday 4/14. Maybe this will help with your mail problems. Please leave a comment to let me know that it's in your hands!
Comment: I had already checked my mail for the day but I remembered that Informed Delivery said I was receiving a package too. I checked tracking and they delivered it after 5pm, which is rare that they didn't just drop it off during my usual mail delivery time. Anyways thank you for such a big package! The lettersets you sent, I don't think I have ever seen them before! And I was an avid letterset collector at one point. Thank you so much for such an amazing swap.
Response: You are so welcome! I had fun putting it together just for you. I happened to have that lovely cardboard mailer from an Etsy order for postcards and it was perfect for sending letter sets. So I did!
Mimosagirl rated for MAIL ART - Dots on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: DOTS...LOL...this swap was so much fun! Your envelope was decorated so cute. I actually Saved most of the washi off the envelope onto a card to use in my journal. I enjoyed your letter very much. I like kawaii from different places and it doesn't have to be "branded". Thank you for everything. Your pizza sounds delicious. I like paneer and tikka AND most all Indian foods. I like FOOD period...ahahaha.... My family has grown to enjoy my experiments in cooking after watching Youtube videos. :) Thanks again...take care :)
Response: You're so welcome. My partner's dot were completely different than what I sent you! I enjoy writing you letters.
glassnowdrop rated for Non-Tourist Postcards #23 on Apr 1, 2021
Comment: what a lovely envelope! I love the cards as well, thank you so much :)
Response: You're so welcome. I happy that it finally arrived after traveling for six weeks. I want to visit New Zealand; maybe I can find a slow boat like my swap and enjoy the trip!
Comment: Villains and weapons! LOL Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoy my joke. Sometimes I miss the mark.
MuggleMom rated for CPG B&W PC - US only on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail I received today. Loved the PC - perfect ephemera! I also love book suggestions and I will definitely add the titles you mentioned to my TBR list. xxMuggleMom
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad that postcard hit your sweet spot!
Comment: Thanks a lot for your wonderful postcard of Brasil, I love it! I'm sorry for rating you so late! I can't wait to be able to travel again, too. Stay safe! <3
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad to see you're catching up on your ratings.
ccmmsu rated for KSU: 20 or 20 or 20 on Mar 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the awesome flakes, Meredith! I hadn't heard of Paper Treats before, but checking them out now. :) Also glad to know I'm not the only one fighting cardboard boxes. Do they spontaneously multiply overnight??? lol
Response: You're welcome. I love when the swap and the rating and the response turn into little conversations. It's amazing how not ordering goods online slows their rate of reproduction!
Comment: Thank you so much for being my first ever received swap on here, Meredith!! It was such a joy to see your letter in my mailbox! I especially adore the washi and fuzzy panda sticker that adorned the envelope (: The cute little my little twin stars baggie was an unexpected joy, along with the variety of sticker flakes! I don't think I own any of the packs of the stickers you sent me so thank you so much for expanding my collection! And your letter! It was really cool to read about how you got into kawaii, you're a really great story teller! I can't wait to hear more from you if we ever swap again (: Much love and well wishes <3
Response: You're so welcome! Congratulations on your first swap! Thank you for the prompt rating and your lovely comment.
Comment: Thank you so much for the spring washi treats. The washi on your envelope was divine, too. I'm so ready for spring. There are lots of Bradford pears and redbuds abloom, but I'm still waiting for the dogwoods. Stay safe!
Response: You're so welcome. I have all too many rolls of washi tape and I love sharing. I have tiny heuchara leaves; a few scilla in bloom, heralding a carpet in the next week; crocuses in bloom; and tulips are almost 6 inches high. No sign of daffodils. I planted a Minnesota redbud last year and can't wait to see what that does. I'm looking forward to my many hellebore blooming soon.
Highlander18 rated for Mini Scavenger Hunt 3/2021 on Mar 27, 2021
Comment: Very interesting cards, thank you very much! I keep looking at the City scene - Urban Sketching - very cool!
Response: You're welcome! All the cards in the Urban Sketching box are wonderful.
Comment: Meredith - I hope you got some horseradish! Thank you for the beautiful washi tapes and all the extra surprises. They made my day!
Response: You're welcome! I love collecting washi tape and it's about time I share it!

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dartha on Apr 12, 2021:

Wonderful Wishes - April Thank you so much for the cool washi tape and recipe pages for my journal - I might have to try a couple before I put them in my journal. Thanks so much, darla

ChrisAnne on Apr 9, 2021:

Thank you for the slothtastic wish from Wonderful Wishes. Sloths are always welcome as with my chronic illnesses I can truly relate to their lifestyle.

Seely7 on Apr 7, 2021:

Thank you so much for the sticker flakes and memo sheets! That was so very thoughtful of you! What a great surprise in the mail. Seely7

phillaine on Mar 25, 2021:

for the fabulous washi (squirrels!! ♥) and cute stickers you sent me for my March wish list. I'm excited to play with them. 🙂

CajunLady on Mar 17, 2021:

Thank you for the postcards from my March WW list!

anicka22 on Mar 16, 2021:

Thank tou so much for the pretty stickii club stickersheets and for the advice for a perfect pizza! I will try that in a few days! Thank you for thinking of me, you really cheered me up! Stay healthy!

bethe on Mar 12, 2021:

Thank you for granting a Wonderful Wish for March! I think a map of Japan would be neat in Kawaii collage. Paper maps are definitely hard to come by in this digital age :)

FeltPrincess on Mar 12, 2021:

TYSM for the birthday postcard for Wonderful Wishes March wish list. Love the squirrel! Also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Your 'Third Hand Smoke FYI' at the top of your profile. Sucks to have to put it right at the top, but gracious ... I may have to do something similar! Happy almost spring!

susieq11 on Mar 11, 2021:

Hi Meredith! Thanks so much for the maps for WW March! Very cool! I appreciate them all. The Berlin one is great! I use old atlases to make envelopes. The big, tall ones. Haven’t found any in a while. I always look at secondhand bookstores. I’m am not sure about new postcard boxes. I really haven’t looked lately but if I see anything good I’ll let you know! Thanks again!! (Love your envelope and washi!)

lindseyjae on Mar 11, 2021:

Hello, thanks so much for the postcards - I love them! (WW March Wishlist)

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