Swap-bot Time: November 30, 2022 9:32 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: November 29, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including a wide variety of bugs! Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008. It's mostly defunct, but it got me started! Now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Drawing I started a daily drawing project at the end of 2019, and I'm still at it now in 2021! For the most part, I sketch birds or animals in pencil on ATC sized paper. I'm not sure I'm getting any better, but I'm proud of my collection!

∞ Rarely: Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

∞ 2021 It's taken a while to figure out who this year's critter is, but the Raccoons have definitely made an appearance in my l life!! 🦝🦝 It has been years since I've seen raccoons down at the little creek. But now we have a family of 4 kids (or 5?) who hang out near their den about 1/2 mile away. and there's a pair with one partner missing a tail (??!) And then there's just random sightings, not sure who they are, except they make me happy! :)

∞ 2020 Last year was my Year of the Lady Bug... and this year, seems to be the Year of the Roly-Poly! (also called Pill Bugs!) When they sense danger, they roll up into a sphere... if only humans could do that. Instead we are stuck with masks and social distancing!

∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards and Notecards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards and cards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Raccoons, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books, both dead-tree books and Kindle books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. The words I live by: I can't die until I've read all my books! ;)

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men This is such an important and informative book, I think Everyone should read it! And fortunately there's an easy solution to all the problems listed... more women in leadership positions, and more men Listening to women!
  • 2021 addition... Murderbot!!!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


NRGordon rated for book im reading pc 28 international on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: I received the PC. Thanks for the swap. Cherry tomatoes are all I try to grow now, having failed at everything else. I grow them in big pots on the deck. I'm afraid I'm still limited to reading books I have read in the past.
Maddashin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #322 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Delightful
Mystic01 rated for book im reading pc 28 international on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #321 on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I love to garden. I loved the pictures. I will use them in my journal.
hazelwitch3 rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #21 on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: I was so sorry to hear about Dawn's death. Losing a pet is always hard. Well done for accomplishing as much as you did given the circumstances. Take care.
pravnik rated for book im reading pc 27 international on Nov 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
MamaKek rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #21 on Nov 16, 2022
Comment: Proud of you for getting some things off your list despite some unexpected events in your life. Here is to a better couple of weeks. Hugs ❀️
Response: Thank You. I have been having a hard time and I appreciate the support.
spacefoxsupreme rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #319 on Nov 15, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your card and photos! Your community garden sounds so nice!
squince rated for Yay Me! Postcard swap on Nov 1, 2022
Comment: Wow! That's a lot of PCs! Congrats!
jandmterry rated for Yay Me! Postcard swap on Oct 29, 2022
Comment: I loved hearing about your accomplishments. Yay you!
Savannahrandons rated for Yay Me! Postcard swap on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: Great Yay Me moment! I get nervous doing new things too so you are not alone there. Small victories defiantly need to be celebrated!! Congratulations!!
Comment: Thanks very much for the great frog card. That book does sound very thought provoking and interesting. Sure a lot deeper than some of the light fluffy romances that I read. Cathy
Lablauri57 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #318 on Oct 27, 2022
Comment: great pictures as usual. Glad your garden is still producing!!!
luckysweetpea rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #317 on Oct 25, 2022
Comment: Rift, where do I start? I just loved reading about your fava beans (you may have convinced me to get some in the ground again this winter season) and late blooming tomatoes! And about all the birds you saw on your walk! Thank you for the pictures of your community garden! I love them both! And, you have inspired me to turn some of my garden photos into notecards (duh!). I hope you finally got some rain. We did! I planted 2 of my raised beds this past weekend. Warmly, Ginger
Comment: Thanks for signing up
mchesser12 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #316 on Oct 18, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the note and sharing the pictures of things along your walk. The solar system model sounds so cool!
kristyrogers rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #19 on Oct 16, 2022
Comment: Doing great!
MamaKek rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #19 on Oct 16, 2022
Comment: Great job getting things checked off your list! I hope the spaghetti squash turns out yummy.
Fabriqueen rated for TELL ME #3 on Oct 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing with me about your life! I would love to see a sunset like the one on this card! I have seen many beautiful ones this one would take your breath away! Have a wonderful day and a Happy Halloween! Hugs, Diane
BalticFox rated for TELL ME #3 on Oct 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for telling me about your birthplace and the VERY cool card!

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nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

MarHelene on Jan 7, 2022:

Thank you fro being my angel for the TGIF Nc #265. I LOVE the pictures, especially the hawk!

concxrde on Oct 17, 2021:

Thank you SO much for angeling TGIF #258! I absolutely adored the photos you sent (especially the raccoon graffiti, so cool!), it seems like you managed to have a gorgeous weekend in nature. Receiving your note really made my day :)

katjalves on Aug 18, 2021:

Thank you for the extra card! Things have been so crazy. But love reading about your bird adventures. Hoping to write back soon.

VAgardengirlgirl on Oct 6, 2020:

Re:creepy Crawlies As a gardener, I see interesting creatures on a regular basis. I’m happy to be able to share! Thanks for the swap!

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2020:

Thanks so much for angeling TGIF #196 when my partner flaked on me. I loved the bluebird of happiness card, lovely pics and description of your hike and garden. Be well friend!

ayahsantos on Aug 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra postcard from PC Roulette July 2020! Take Care always!!

KaliOya on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the extra postcard you sent me for the PC Roulette July 2020. So impressed that you took this photo yourself! Catching such fast flyers is not easy task. I recently got a fairly good shot of a dragonfly. But not as spectacular as this shot of yours! Big fan of bees...and their honey:) We need them so much. Yellow Jackets too...they are perfectly created.

stephiedee on Aug 1, 2020:

I'm happy you really enjoyed the ATC RAK. Thank you for the special postcard - it did brighten my day...and I think it's a keeper for my 'favorite things' gluebook. πŸ€—

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