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njstauter

njstauter
Date Joined: August 10, 2014
Last Online: January 19, 2018
Birthday: April 5
Country: United States

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Happy New Year everyone. My personal theme this year is to be kind; to welcome kindness; to give everyone just one more chance and to accept things that challenge us.

JANUARY 2018 UPDATE (look for *** recent additions):

Sometimes packages go missing and even with insurance, there is no guarantee it will be located. If it is something important, pay extra for signature. If your partner doesn't receive it, please resend. Above all, communicate.

I don't always get to my email, so prefer using the messaging here on Swap-bot. ***If you do use regular email, send me a message here.

I use the rating system as a way to let you know the package came. If you have not been rated, I did not receive your swap. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SWAP-BOT ID & the group even for WTA's. I will rate a 1 if it doesn't come & 3 if it isn't sent on time. (Flakers (1) get removed from the group I facilitate.)

Rating swaps is very important to know that what was sent was received. We are all at different levels and so its not a popularity contest. What is important is to send on time, have fun and do your best.

Also, I try to recycle. So if I cannot use what I receive, I loved the moment when the package was opened, and think it is loving to pass it along if I cannot use it and hope you will too. It is silly to hold onto anything if it is not a correct fit...that goes for people, memories, and things. IMO.

I make up the package or envelope as soon as partners are assigned. However, I only go to the PO once a week. Now that the holidays are near, it gets crowded there, so once a week is enough. The day they mark it sent might be different because of times mail goes out.

About Me

I am retired, living in a small mountain valley town in southern California. I garden and & quilt. I consider myself an eco-feminist, so much of what I do in life is environmentally focused. Friends gifted me with lots of fabric, so I shop from my closet first before purchasing more. I use, drink or eat what I grow first from herb gardens and a sq ft garden system for veggies, plus strawberries.

Audiobooks help me multi-task and relax, so I welcome suggestions for new authors or titles. I practice peaceful living and enjoy the healing components that one receives here in Swap-bot.

My 2 grown Sons live in MN with Spouses & their growing Children. I stay in touch as much as possible through the phone, texting, Facetime and the mail service. Of course, I send them lots of things that came from learning here on S-B.

I used to live on a small farm, and raised German Shepherds off leash for search & rescue. Now my partner & I live with a B&W Cat and a Red-Eared Slider Turtle. There is also a small Labyrinth around backyard trees which gets a lot of use.

I am not a member of organized religion, yet am quite spiritual & have a contemplative practice.

I was raised in a Strega family, and in other words, among people with strong opinions & strong voices. I learned about magick through experience not books. It was about being in nature, seeing and feeling the seasons, watching Moon phases, working with herbs, being comfortable with animals and the Elements. It was about paying attention to surroundings and what was in my heart.

I believe in Goddess and know I am not SheWho. That means honoring free will in people and other beings who come to eat or drink in my gardens. I know that everyone is on a path and it is theirs not mine to walk.

I know we are time limited here in this incarnation and are wise to seek out our own lessons or know that anything unfinished means we come back to another life to work them out.

I was raised in an Existentialist environment and find that those values are ones I still practice.It is defined: Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom & choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, trying to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, & the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence and hence to find meaning in life is by embracing existence.

I grew up believing in magick of the Moon phases, legends of fairies, and folklore of my heritage as well as those told wherever I live. I believe in the Fae, Vampires, Were-beasts and life ever-lasting.

I am an Ordained Dianic Priestess and served my community for over 13 years as a Ritualist, Teacher and Organizer. During that time, I officiated over 36 weddings, numerous hand-fastings, baby blessings, last rites, & priestessing 1st, 2nd & 3rd degrees for women on a committed personal journey. I spoke at countless seminars / conferences, was on TV, Radio and interviewed for Newspapers. I led protests for environmental issues, and was actually a notable for the Police (meaning if something went wrong in the Pagan community, they followed up with me). My life was threatened. I was intimidated. And yet, the community grew to over 600. I published a pagan paper for public readership. The fun part of it all was the rituals. I miss those most of all in my retirement. I miss seeing the transformation that took place, the drumming, singing and the faces of women as they discovered their personal power and joy for being alive.

I host swaps for A LITTLE WITCHY and some of them are like experiencing advanced work. I am loving to share what I know about Spirituality, and hope to do so for as long as I can.

Likes / Cannot Use

  1. I like B&W Tuxedo Cats. I prefer the long-hair male. Their personality is fierce, funny and loyal

  2. I enjoy feeding Birds & have 2 water sources outside for them. ***Because of wildfires in the mountains, a lot of wild animals are coming down to the valley for water and food. They only get water in my gardens

  3. I love 100% cotton that is for quilting, not crafts (there is a big difference) Over the years, I have been given estate fabrics through friends. Some that were not 100% cotton, were passed along

  4. Bergamot in Earl Gray Tea

  5. I like the herbs grown in my garden (mint, lavender, yarrow, rue, dill, basil, bee balm, sage, rosemary, artemesia, cilantro, lemon verbena)

  6. Fresh Ground Dark coffee first thing in the morning

  7. Action and sci fi movies

  8. MY FAVORITE HIGH HOLY DAY IS HALLOWS, so I welcome anything associated with it

  9. There are fairy houses and villages outside under trees and vines; and inside by my North door entrance for protection.

  10. I prefer sugar rather than any substitutes in what I eat. A lot of sugar substitutes turn to alcohol in my stomach because I experience delayed emptying of up to 6 hours. Yah, I know. Bummer.

I DISLIKE

  1. Oregano

  2. Nasty people

  3. Pushy people who try to convert me to their political or religious beliefs

  4. I don't wear jewelry of any kind any more. While I don't dislike it, I just cannot use it.

  5. I no longer burn anything indoors nor outside, except for candles. If you send something other than candles (to burn), I will pass it along in another swap

  6. With delayed emptying of my stomach (gastroparesis) from 4-6 hours, I cannot eat nuts, seeds, or fresh fruit and veggies.

Wish List

  1. ***Light prints on white, white tone on tone, off-white or light beige 100% quilting cotton, any cuts or sizes

  2. Good hand or foot creams ***(especially scented with Patchouli, however, sometimes good creams are good without scents)

  3. Affirmations ***(aging issues suck)

  4. Dark Chocolate with sugar and not artificial sweeteners, nor stevia, etc. I love Hersheys with Almonds and Butterfingers.

  5. House sox with grippers

  6. Patchouli soaps ***(I know. I do love it)

  7. Children's Books from other Countries

  8. Baseball-style hats with unique text or graphics

  9. Cardinals on anything. I really miss seeing them as they do not fly West of the Rockies.

  10. Return Address labels using only Bellezza as the name. (many thanks)

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the intriguing items for my art journal :0)
user7007 rated for February Spell Kit for Self-Love on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: Wow! What a delight to get this package! Everything was wrapped for an extra surprise.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the profile message!
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Scarlitt rated for Quick and Easy Profile message #4 on Jan 10, 2018
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kfaye rated for 2018 Chinese Year of the Dog on Jan 9, 2018
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Comment: You always spoil me! The Paw Acupuncture Chart is so darn cute! I love the prayer flag. My daughter will definitely make the dog treats. Swab, an unusually calm Jack Russell was the love of our lives. He passed away 2 years ago at age 16. Thank you for another wonderful swap <3
HOLDENV84 rated for Reading Log - 4th Quarter 2017 on Jan 5, 2018
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Comment: What a huge reading log! I loved reading every minute of it and you have read some interesting books, which all books have been added to my TBR. I am going to look out for the Sue Grafton books, I have seen them mentioned in many book pages I am on, on Facebook. Enjoy 2018 of reading!
StagKing rated for New Year's Day Q&A (electronic) on Jan 4, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Q&A. I hope this New Year will be full of blessings and cheer!
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Comment: I love all of your resolutions. The family quilts sound amazing. I might have to attempt one this year.
Response: thanks!
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Comment: Perfection as always. With your permission, I'd like to scan it and hang a copy of it in our bungalow for the other volunteers to appreciate its wisdom.
Response: it is in the public domain so you are free to copy. Glad you like it
kfaye rated for (Not-so) Secret Shaman #4 Profile Gift on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: I always love getting your swaps! You said these were for opening now, so I did it! I opened them right up! I am going to hang that pretty bunting you made up in slide my greenhouse & sit down in there & enjoy a cup of tea on my pretty handmade "Hark, the Hare, old angels sing" mug rug! Haha, That is so funny, I love it! The rocks are so cool! thank you for the useful jewelry findings. I absolutely adore the sweet, little fawn <3 You really make the holidays more special with your thoughtful heart. Thank you so much. Happy holiday blessings to you :)
Response: So glad you like the things I make as well as what store bought items. You make giving a joy. Your profile is clear to read and that is a plus.
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Response: thank you for rating and for the heart...hope your Winter is happy
kfaye rated for Happy Winter cards (flat mail) on Dec 14, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for this beautiful winter card & the Thetis card & floral stamps. I have this pretty card displayed near lights so I can watch the snow sparkle. It makes me happy :)
Response: you are amazingly wonderful! Thank you for rating and for the heart
lynnerfb rated for (Not-so) Secret Shaman #2 (NC) on Dec 7, 2017
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Comment: thank you
Response: glad it came...strange envie and such
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Comment: Oh, thank you so much! These are gorgeous gifts! I can't wait to find a spot for them.
Response: It was my hope that you would enjoy them. I was so glad to see your name come up as my partner. Thanks for rating and for the heart
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Comment: Thank you for the detailed review...sorry you don't like the book much though. Hopefully the next one you read will be more inspiring and uplifting to your spirit! :)
Response: Thanks for rating.
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Comment: words can't describe the sense of wonder we all had, when i opened your package. what a thoughtful, beautifully handmade swap. a hundred million hearts for you, my snail mail friend <3
Response: So glad it came and that you like it. AND I am glad you are ok and finding ways to heal.
lynnerfb rated for (Electronic) Book or Oracle Review on Dec 5, 2017
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Response: thanks for rating and for the heart
sal410cat rated for Electronic Holiday Music (lyrics) on Dec 2, 2017
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Comment: <3
Response: thanks sweety!
ByJQ rated for Winter Holiday 7-Q&As (electronic) on Nov 29, 2017
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Comment: I enjoyed reading about your holidays. Thank you for sharing.
Response: The Q&As do open a window into a person's life. Thank you for rating and for the heart.

Rating Overview

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Comments

Wildchild on Jan 10, 2018:

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Peace & Love from Canada

Quick and Easy Profile message #4

momma197464 on Jan 10, 2018:

Hello There from Texas. I just stopped by to leave you a warm HELLO. I hope you days was good and i hope you have a great 2018. Love and Hugs Michelle Swap: Quick and Easy Profile message #4

satinification on Jan 10, 2018:

Hello

Hello from Poland!

Hope you are doing well. Just wanted to drop by and wish you a happy day!

with love

Agnieszka

Quick and Easy Profile message #4

Moominbrooke on Jan 8, 2018:

Thank you for angeling the Secret Shaman Profile Gift #4 :0)

Crazipurplelady on Jan 4, 2018:

1/4/18; I finally mailed you those audiobooks I promised you earlier in the year. Sent them by Media Mail, so it's slower and cheaper. I hope they all arrive in good shape!

Moominbrooke on Dec 27, 2017:

Thank you for the moon ritual circlet in June, and for hosting the whole shebang :0)

kfaye on Dec 26, 2017:

Thank you for the heart themed mug rug with the tea pocket carrying the Cranberry Hibiscus tea! I am loving watching my rug mug collection grow!

sal410cat on Dec 2, 2017:

I'm not Wiccan, but I thought this was fun and that you'd be able to appreciate it!

Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

(Words by Alexander & Aarcher Tune: Winter Wonderland) Pagans sing, are you listenin', Altar's set, candles glisten, It's a Magickal night, we're having tonight, Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

Chorus: In a Circle we can light a Yule Fire, And await the rising of the Sun, It's the Great Wheel turning for the new year, loaded with abundance and great fun.

Blades held high, censer smoking, God and Goddess, we're invoking, Through Elements Five, we celebrate life, Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland,

Queen of Heaven, is in Her place, Triple Goddess, now the Crone Face, Above and Below, She's the Goddess we know, Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

Now the God, is the Provider, Supplying game for our Fire, Above and Below, He's the Horned One we Know, Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

Later on, by the fire, Cone of Power, gettin' higher It's a Magickal Night we're having tonight, Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

mandigutterrose on Nov 24, 2017:

I just realized I was supposed to leave this on your profile, not send as a message, sorry! I hope the formatting comes out better here than in the message anyways.

Persimmon Cookies

Ingredients

2 ripe persimmons, pureed

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

Optional:

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Dissolve baking soda in persimmon pulp and set aside. Sift flour, spices and salt together, set aside. Cream together butter or margarine and sugar until fluffy, beat in egg and persimmon. Stir in dry ingredients. Stir in nuts and raisins, if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

ariestess on Nov 20, 2017:

This is a shot of one of our rhododendrons in our front yard. It was actually taken in March 2009, but we don't get this kind of snow very often where I live, so I'll take the imagery. Plus, this particular rhodie tends to be a bit crazy and blooms every couple of months year round. LOL

ALW: Decorate Profiles

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