Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2020 1:52 am


Date Joined: October 15, 2017
Last Online: March 28, 2020
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States

About Me

March 20, 2020- note that mail is taking a very long time to and from my area. Yesterday Californians were ordered to stay home. Post offices are open but for example today a letter arrived from Virginia postmarked 24 days ago. Usually it takes about 7 days or less from the East Coast.

I can’t believe how quickly the pandemic is changing our lives. One month ago I had a cough and thankfully my doctor is closely watching me and emailing and calling me I’m blessed with Stanford doctors and their system. I have no fever but this thing is real. I hope it doesn’t touch you and your loved ones. And I hope you all have good communicative doctors and health care.

May you also have people to look out for your needs at a local in person level.

Welcome to my profile! I am 53 years old and live near San Francisco, California. My town is an island in the San Francisco Bay. I have also lived on another island 🌴 here in the bay called Yerba Buena Island. Both islands are big hubs for the US Coast Guard. Oddly I don’t know anyone in the Coast Guard!

Growing up here in the 1960’s my parents did a great job of sheltering me. I only learned about hippies and Bohemians. My Dad had forbidden me from ever going to Berkeley and of course I went there first chance I got!

As for arts and crafts, I’ve only been doing it for 1.5 years. I work overtime all the time and it’s a stress reliever for me. I’m not a person who grew up making art. Now I love art!

Handmade anything. Dabbling in drawing, doodling, some variation of zentangles, watercolor, gel plate printing, stamping, collage, acrylics, sewing, painting, coloring, knitting, and other fiber arts, beading, cooking, and more.

Penpal writing and journal writing are some of my favorite pastimes.

💜Bella Grace& Daphne’s Diary & Somerset Studio are magazines I read.

Here are some of the YouTube people I subscribe to: Maremi Smallarts, Nik the Booksmith, Mystele, Ana Bondu, Susanne Rose Art, The Paper Outpost, Creationsceecee, My Arty Heart, Lisa Oxley, Joie de fi, Gel Press, and Gelli Arts.


Postcards: handmade, collage, tourist, art, any upcycled or reused or reformed "art", illustrated, inspirational, humor, photography, and feel free to send anything, I will appreciate all you send to me.

Lately I've been experimenting with big postcards. Chatting with my post office, I can send bigger postcards then I had originally understood and that notion inspires me!

Favorite Books

Apocalyptic Fiction:

*Hugh Howey *Paolo Bacigalupi

Cyber fiction:

*William Gibson *Neal Stephenson


*Anne Rice *Chuck Hogan *Guillermo del Toro *Edgar Allen Poe

Teen Fiction

*Annette Marie *Sarah Cameron

Travel Writing

*Paul Theroux *Henry Miller

General Fiction

*Jon Steele *Francesca Lia Block *Anais Nin *Jack Kerouac *Gabriel Garcia Marquez *Danielle Steel *George R.R. Martin *Haruki Murakami *Robert B. Parker *JD Salinger

General Non-Fiction

*Oliver Sacks *Jeffrey Toobin *Angela Duckworth *Malcolm Gladwell *Jack Kerouac *Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner


*John Muir *Henry David Thoreau

I'm a big fan of Little Free Libraries and we have over 72 in my town ! Plus nearby cities or Oakland, Berkeley & San Francisco host even more little free libraries. It's like treasure hunting! They are each like treasure chests and I love to add my extra books to the flow of books, maps, magazines, even stationery or videos. It's helping to keep the flow of books and such moving.

I do love poetry. Go to a poetry reading. If you come to San Francisco go to a poetry reading here at City Lights bookstore. It is a mecca. Write your own poetry. It's good for you. Even simple one liners. Phrases, work play.

Here at Swap-Bot I've joint the TBR (To Be Read Group). Being a part of the group and participating in the monthly group swaps helps me to stay focused on my reading list. I pick up books everywhere and I was chaotic and random before. Now, I'm more methodical and the group doesn't require that we read a certain amount but I do set my own reading goals. We share how we are doing each month against our goal or goals.

Favorite Television

We watch Vikings, Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, Make It Artsy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home show, America's Test Kitchen, Mr. Robot, Barefoot Contessa, Queen of the South, Counterpart, Rook, Fixer Upper, various animal, space, and science shows, and the news.

I record Bloomberg Technology shows such as David Rubenstein, Businessweek, ETF IQ, I don’t know what ETFs are but I’m trying to learn. I geek out on this stuff.

Then I also watch Z Living TV like yoga shoes back to pack and oh man Vice TV! Shows like Suppertime! That guy is crazy.

News, I watch oodles of news I like to sweep across all the channels including international and business and weather news. I like to watch conservative and liberal and everything in the world. I like watching other country’s news to see other perspectives.

Podcasts are another favorite for me. I listen to Freakonomics from public radio in NY. And Terry Gross' Fresh Air from Public Radio too.

Oh yeah, one of my all time favorite books is by JD Salinger, it's a short story called "Franny & Zooey" where Franny starts mouthing and chanting and praying ceaselessly. I get her. Even though I don't think I could explain or teach it to anyone else.


Mostly now, I Walk, Dance, and do yoga.


Send me any tea! I drink tea every afternoon and evening. Black tea, white tea, tisanes, herb teas. I used to not like Rooibos but I now drink Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea every day. So, I guess I like that.

Here are a few teas that I have in cupboard today, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong, Mango, Passion tea, Dandelion, Peppermint, Spearmint, Yunnan, and a mix with Valerian that I take late at night. Oh and I have some rose hips but as I write about them in the next section.

Crystals & Rocks

Crystals & Rocks & Precious Metals: I used to think hippies were crazy for being into these things. I didn't get it. I still do not really understand the metaphysical aspects but I just love crystals and rocks and metals. I haven't tried making them into elixirs though I suppose that is next. I cannot believe how much money stores charge for these crystal infused waters. Rock crystal or clear crystal, rose quartz, are a few for the bath sprinkled with rose buds fresh or dried and rose hips. Yumm mm


Artist Trading Cards or ATC and other arts and crafts creations. Recently I started really trading artist cards and that is super fun. I'm enjoying swapping these cards, other peoples' beautiful, fantastic, creations!

Favorite Music

I used to list my favorite music but with my Soundcloud and iTunes subscriptions I now have over 5000 songs on my phone and laptop. I guess I could go up to 10,000 but there are many I don't download that just float through our services. Plus we listen to XM radio in the car and I love NPR and we have over 5 local public radio stations I listen to. One is completely Jazz except on Sundays they play the Blues too.

This morning's playlist includes a few to give you an idea what I have on right now: Danny's Song sung by Loggins & Messina, Nils Frahm (think of soundtracks), some spoken word by Allen Ginsberg, and Billie Eilish... there aren't any musical genres I do not like. Sometimes I rock classical and opera too. That touches my soul or next up on my phone playlist are Gregorian Chants...that's me in a nutshell this eclectic mix.


kittyfun rated for Watercolor hand made post card on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Sorry so late in rating but I loved your design!
samsstuff rated for Chunk O Cardboard - March 2020 on Mar 22, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I like the book paper that you added!
MuggleMom rated for Library Lovers Postcard Prompt #10 on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for my dragonfly PC. I'm always happy to meet a fellow library lover! 3/21 - I just got another post card and it's a gorgeous Victorian - gush!!
Zander rated for AAA: Sender's Choice on Mar 17, 2020
Comment: Love the ATC you made and Thank You for the extras
Comment: Hi Marie, I enjoyed reading your letter for this swap. I got a window into your wonderful world. Before I wrote this response, I received another pen pal letter from you and I got even more of understanding of you. I would love to meet you. I am sorry that it took me awhile to rate you, but I have been in moving mode for quite some time. So, know that I appreciate your work even though it took me some time for me to rate you! Barb sleepingrover2010
SwedishMum rated for AAA: Flower Power on Mar 11, 2020
Comment: I LOVE the ATC you sent me. I would like to learn the paint technique myself. I love trying new paint techniques. Thanks also for the postcards - they are very appreciated!
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers' Month on Mar 9, 2020
Comment: I honestly love how you started this email, it was lovely! Thank you for your memories of libraries and for sharing your love of them! I really enjoyed reading it!
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter. I will reply to you soon
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter! I will write a quick note back soon!
Comment: I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the book. I don't think I've read anything BY him, but some ABOUT him, and - ugh, I don't know if I'd enjoy reading his thoughts. haha But at least it can move on. Thanks for joining in the challenge. :)
USAFwife rated for InCoWriMo Vintage social media #3 on Mar 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for another great letter. And I loved the card you used! :) We are staying mostly healthy - just the odd cold, thankfully. I'm allergic to a LOT of chemicals, it seems, and have gone back in time to using vinegar or lemon juice to clean a lot of the time, and we use steam cleaners. I"m told it's as effective as Clorax, so hopefully. :) Good to hear from you again, and I hope your job continues to be interesting. :)
Comment: I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the book, but it's good that you made the choice of DNF iit and focus on others that are more deserving of your time :)
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful letter! I will answer your questions and then send out another letter for you
tinybookwitch rated for Library Lovers' Month on Mar 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all those little stories you shared! Id's love to see that medieval library it sound really creepy >u<
georgiafae rated for EP: Three Twinchies on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Very nice-I like the diversity of the styles of the twinchines. I don't play around with my gelli plate as much as I should either. I don't mind glitter at all-I must have every color of stickles and some of that glittered embellishment pastes. Thanks for the extras-I really like that gold paper with the holes-what fun it will be to use that and then glitter paper I can't get enough of-also the sugar skull napkins! Thanks for sharing!
Hunbun rated for InCoWriMo Vintage social media :) #2 on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Oops, I forgot to rate you when your letter arrived even though I already started a response! Going to start over, though, bc I spilled coffee on it. :)
Response: Take your time. Appreciate the effort, sorry you spilled your coffee-- next time you can send it anyway. It's like Wreck this Letter!
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I will be writing back.
Response: Yes, I loved these swaps, answering the letters will take me a few months too!
Comment: Wonderful to hear from you and I LOVED the card you used! It's even more special when it's a homemade or artist made card, right? I like to support independent stores and artists as well, when I can. Thanks for joining all the swaps, and for the great letter. :)
Response: Need to use more cards. The next card I sent to you was a local artist's photograph and also the architect who designed the Palace of Fine Arts is a local-- was a famous local architect. I sat next to his widow one time. She was hilarious!

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myancey on Feb 13, 2020:

Thanks for the butterfly birthday card and for thinking about me. Happy swapping

Carolien25 on Feb 9, 2020:

Thanks so much for your awesome meeting card from San Francisco as of unassigned partner from postcard roulette swap! I love it! <3

armadillogal on Jan 12, 2020:

Postcard likes????

JuneRosebud on Dec 25, 2019:


jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

reauk on Dec 12, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

from reauk

dear Maria sorry for my mistake in my last posting im in love with sprouts they are my favorite vegetable Love them or hate them, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts. over here in England our new walkers crisps/chips are sprouts flavour yummy yummy

Angie on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are you a brussel sprout lover?

I adore brussel sprouts though they don't adore me back. My Pekingese love them too.

Happy Brussel Sprouts to you!

LauRad83 on Dec 10, 2018:

JATWCT: Are You A Sprout Lover Or Hater?

we always have a couple of sprouts on our christmas dinner her in england, However none of us are keen.

The only time i liked spouts what when i was pregnant! I would microwave a bowl full and eat them with salt whilst watching tv LOL

sfcorrespondence on Nov 22, 2018:

Hello! I'm Micaela in San Francisco. I noticed we were in the same Autumn and Winter Swap group and just wanted to say hi since you were in the bay area as well! Hope you are doing well and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

hamolla22 on Nov 17, 2018:

Hello! Regarding your question for “Swap a Tag 🏷”, any size and shape for the tags is allowed! Up to you ☺️

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