Swap-bot Time: November 24, 2020 1:22 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: November 23, 2020

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. ;)

∞ Rarely: Drawing, 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


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 I'd love to receive nature, animals or art postcards. 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!

∞ 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, 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!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I ♥ 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!

I completed my 500th swap on 28 april 2019, when I sent my TGIF notecard 143! I've got 695 "fives" and 588 "hearts" and I've hosted 112 swaps. 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.


Jjean rated for WIYM: Postcard Journal Prompt USA on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the really nice PC and the prompt is something I will do!!! The post office did their best to destroy the card, it was rolled up (but I fixed so I could keep it) and they put 3 white strip across the card?? but was able to read it..... you did great, they did lousy!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for sending your thoughts---this was a fun swap! I love how you sent a themed card and stamp!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I love the spider design!
Chechel2 rated for PC Weekly Goals #4 - USA on Nov 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute Hummingbird postcard! I love those little stinkers with their squeaks and cuteness! Love it! 😊
swolverton rated for Interest me no. 86 on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: I love it when you are my swap partner!!!
Gaucha rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #218 on Nov 11, 2020
Comment: Dear Rift, thank you for the lovely bird pictures and card! If you'll ever be able to take a good picture of my favourite bird la abubilla in Spanish, de hop in Dutch, the hoopoe in English, please let me know!
marclively rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #216 on Nov 10, 2020
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Burger1girl rated for PC Weekly Goals #3 - USA on Nov 5, 2020
Comment: wow! You had a lot of goals!! Busy Busy..Im sure you will get them all done..I too am behind on mine...I need to be more thankful!! That is going on my next goal list! I just did Geico! I ran into a truck backing up. Blind spot. ugh..but Geico was nice and calming with me..I was hysterical!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!!Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for the delightful notecard! The colors are magnificent! Gotta love a sunflower and a scrub jay! I also love your photography! What a sweet creature. You’re a terrific writer, too! Thanks for the great swap^____^
AlexandriaV rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #215 on Oct 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I was smiling, even before I opened the envelope! I love getting the gorgeous and surprising photos you take! Wow!! Such talent! I'm glad you got rain! I like a walk in the rain as well, but this weekend our rain turned into a tiny dusting of snow. I love snow, but it's a tad early! Haha. I hope you continue to be warm and well! :)
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #217 on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: I absolutely love your bird photos and the cards are gorgeous. So glad you got to see some fun surprises. I hope the dirt and digging gets easier!
PrincessLeia rated for Interest me No. 85 on Oct 28, 2020
Comment: Hey Rift, Thanks for that great excerpt. I’m going to get that book for me and my son - two stress heads who need to get organised!
twyls rated for PC Weekly Goals - USA only on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the squirrel postcard! It made me so happy. Unfortunately, most of the back of the postcard, with you handwriting, was ripped in the mail. I can make out most of your goals, though. I wish you best of luck. Feel free to check in this weekend to let me know how they went!
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #214 on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: It was nice to get you as a partner this time!
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #213 on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: I loved your bird pictures. Ducks are my favorite animal. My husband and I actually met at U of O. So it was fun getting a letter so close to home. I love your birding adventures. Sounds like some of the dirt could use some love to turn it into soil again. Thank you again! -Kat
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #212 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note and pics. Always good to hear from you.
MKayla rated for Creepy Crawly - Photo and a Note #1 on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: I love the pictures of the vultures! So cool! We have quite a few of them around here as well and I always love seeing them!
Comment: I love the graphics and everything you did on that! Thanks for joining my swap!
SoberMermaid3 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #211 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! It finally rained here. We mostly have smoke but no close fires now. BTW my Dad was born in Cottage Grove. My Mom was the “squirrel lady” so that photo reminded me of her ❤️. You take great photos! Love the sound of rivers and water. The one of the blue bird on the sunflower OMG ❤️❤️ I hope the fires go away!!! Thank you so much you made my week 😍
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #210 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Hi Rift! Always a pleasure to have you as a partner! I hope your partner is feeling better-an hour in the hospital is like six normal hours!! Hopefully your knee is better as well! Love the notecard, photos and share! What kind of camera/lenses do you use? If I’ve asked before, please forgive as I’m old and have CRS!! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping 😉

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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. 🤗

KarenFife on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for the surprise mail for Postcard Roulette! I absolutely love the bench photo made into a postcard. I MUST learn to do that! Any tips would be forever appreciated! Thanks for sharing your lovely work📷 with me.😍

myancey on Jul 27, 2020:

Thanks for the unassigned pic roulette chunk. I really appreciate it and I love the pc u cHose to send have a good day. And no have never read that book

MisplacedfromPA on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the bluebird post card for an unassigned partner in the July PC Roulette. One of our past times is watching the backyard birds. Happy to see you can enjoy some new "neighbors" too.

michlove on Jul 23, 2020:

 Thanks so much for angeling on TGIF #193. I adore the photos as well as the card and envelope. Oh, and the stamp. Your mail was very lovely and well put together. The description of your hike was great. This time of year, I have goldfinches in my sunflowers and the occasional house finch.

Candace on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you so much for angeling TGIF Notecard #193! The roses are gorgeous!

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