Date Joined: May 7, 2017
Last Online: June 9, 2022
Birthday: April 10
Country: United States
I live in a small house in a fairly small touristy Lake Michigan town with my amazing hubby and our sweet rescued shy dachshund mix Oliver (LOVE dogs!) and our very sweet and VERY skittish rescued mini wheaton wirehaired dachshund, Rusty. I work full time at the 100 year-old community hospital. Mom to a son who is an adult now; empty nest works well for me!
I'm a total 🐶🐶 dog-lover (especially short dogs and long-snout dogs), total animal lover (hence avoiding eating meat!), recycler, energy-conscious, cruelty-free & natural product (no chemicals, no testing on animals) consumer, flexitarian who loves to thrift shop and find a good bargain, but despises clutter. I tend to enjoy animals more than people. :) I am an introvert (ISFJ) and HSP.
💐clean/fresh outdoor air (especially SPRING!)
🐦sounds of birds singing, nature, trees, flowers
📚learning or thinking of something in a new way
♻ Recycling/Reusing things
******* PLEASE NOTE*********😖
🤢NO SMOKE SMELL; It causes a reaction🚭
😣NO FRIENDSHIP BOOKS or cartoony/kawaii things
😣NO FALLING GLITTER or GLITTER PENS FOR CONTENT---I haven't found a glitter pen that doesn't transfer and make a total mess of a letter!! I love glitter pens too but not for writing paragraphs, only for decorating since that glitter comes off all over everything! 😣
Hobbies: Pen FRIENDS (different than just receiving mail from a pen pal), paper crafts, walking and enjoying nature, time with my hubby, reading good books (Suspense/psychological thriller is #1), kayaking/swimming in clean pure natural water, finding pretty rocks on the beaches of our Great Lakes, home remedies/essential oils, avoiding toxic products of all kinds, supporting companies that are CRUELTY FREE, nature, animals, fresh air, bargain hunting @ thrift stores, garage sales, etc. bird watching/feeding/observing, lists, envelope art, colors, inks, fountain pens, paints, etc. etc.
I love anything that looks like "sparkle"✨ (but doesn't come off on the hands!); sun rays or starburst or firework for crafting; stencils, masks, stamps, papers, etc. (But as much as I LOVE creating the "fireworks" on paper, I do NOT like real fireworks going off---causing animals to fret and sometimes to the point of harming themselves, causing nature to be disturbed, causing pollution in the air, etc)
Things I like to see in the mailbox:💌 long letters from friends who communicate like a CONVERSATION. Replying to what was received, asking questions that would come up in context of a conversation, sharing thoughts/perspectives, etc. (I don't do LISTS of questions, not generic questions, or questions about "favorite" this or that. I love questions in conversation though! MEANINGFUL questions!) I'm not looking for things, I'm looking for THOUGHTS.
I'm trying my hand at hand lettering (I don't do "drills" as I can't stand repetition, so I just practice naturally)
🧡inspirational quotes 🔉
💕Anything Michigan! (and playing cards with other states on them)
❤💥🔆❇🎇✨Starburst/sun/snowflake/sparkle/fireworks looking things
My style is not cutesy or perfect, it's messy and mixed media style. I leave my perfectionism at work, there is no place for it in my craft room. 😜
Crafts: I❤ love to make something with paper crafts. 🌈 I keep it simple, it's just my style. Stamps, inks, stencils, texture, etc. I don't make things to keep. I only have room for the supplies I have no room for what I make with them. 😊 I like it to be something that can be used---bookmarks, tags, etc.
I make cards (though cards are not something I generally like to make) and donate them (DOROT, lovefortheelderly website, FB From the Heart, etc) instead of swapping items; I feel for the elderly in nursing homes or home alone and lonely.
I like to listen to podcasts while I craft....I like most true crime, Marriage is...Funny...The Introvert's Guide To....I like the content and I like their voices....I'm sensitive to certain voices and even if I'm interested in a subject, if I can't stand the voice, I can't listen to the podcast. I also can't stand frequent swearing just to swear. If you enjoy podcasts that have a deeper voice that isn't obnoxious and doesn't swear a lot, I'd love to hear about it.👍
I like to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy some time with my pen-FRIENDS. A letter can be just a letter, or it can be a chat with a friend. I don't want the just a letter in my mailbox, I want to recognize that letter as from a friend and tune into what is going on in their little piece of the world! I love recognizing a letter addressed to me by my friends handwriting!
Since joining, I have found that most penpal swaps just do not match with my style of pen paling. I have made a few AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL friends from here so I will press on, hopeful to find more, but please know that not every swap will result in an ongoing pen pal friendship🤷♀️. It's nothing personal, just a difference in pen pal style. I'm into QUALITY over QUANTITY. I have wonderful pals that just write twice a year...that's fine, providing it feels like it's from a FRIEND and not just a letter in the box...and it's long enough to keep that friendship going. A little notecard just doesn't do it for me.
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