Swap-bot Time: December 10, 2019 4:34 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: December 10, 2019

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 bugs and pets. 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... and 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

∞ Learning June 2019 I finally have the time to take some classes, and I'm starting with the EDX "HTML5 and CSS" class and hope to complete the "Front-End Web Developer" set!

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


∞ 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.

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!

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.


Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #174 on Dec 5, 2019
Comment: That exhibit at the park looks really cool! Thanks again!
Littleroo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #173 on Nov 30, 2019
Comment: Wow! I love the pics you took and sent and the card. Beautiful pictures and I enjoyed reading about your weekend. Thank you so much.
NRGordon rated for New to ATC on Nov 28, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the lovely hand-done ATC. I am a bit of a birder so appreciate it that much more. It took a while to get here but, unfortunately, that is getting more common. Lost and late mail has increased four-fold since the USPS opened their fancy new modern Regional Sorting Facility.
Comment: What a fun swap. Thank you for exploring the KC area. Happy Thanksgiving.
bexx76 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #172 on Nov 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute card and photos! Hiking in the woods and being in nature is one of my favorite things so I was so excited to see your pictures. :)
Comment: Thanks for the postcard--Crater Lake has been on my bucket list a while. If you would ever make it to Oshkosh you can't miss the fabulous Rhapsodies frozen custard. Their flavors are mostly music themed puns, like Johnny Cashew or Bites in White Satin. Susan (brooklynbunch)
Nnyla rated for Autumn Postcard or Notecard 2019 on Nov 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful pkg of autumn and the detailed note. I'm convinced we went from autumn to winter in one day. :-/ Oh--I forgot to tell you, I "blogged" your flowers last Sunday.If you can't find it, let me know, I'll send you the link.I'll be blogging the leaves soon!
Comment: Ahhhhggg thank you for the puffin! I have it hanging on my wall haha β™‘
tizzicat rated for Interest me no. 74 on Nov 11, 2019
Comment: Hi Rift This one arrived on time!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #170 on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: More great photos - yay :)
SquidSorbet rated for New to ATC on Nov 7, 2019
Comment: Beautiful ATC, thank you! :)
tizzicat rated for Interest Me No. 73 on Nov 5, 2019
Comment: Would you believe they both turned up on the same day?!!
Nnyla rated for Pink and Purple Awareness on Nov 1, 2019
Comment: As always, a beautiful, beautiful selection of flowers. Oh, how I need your printer! Thank you for the flowers, for sharing your mom's story, and for the "rant" on domestic violence. :-) Thanks, especially, for joining in...
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #169 on Oct 31, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the photos, I especially love the one with the raccoons - you had perfect timing!
Joeanniee rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #168 on Oct 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend. I been have weekends where I want to take it easy. I did not decorate for halloween either. Only one house on my block did.
KatKit rated for One Day Sign Up Quick PC Swap INTL #1 on Oct 27, 2019
Comment: I enjoy your photography. Thanks for the Christmas theme.
CaseyErin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #167 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: What a lovely surprise those deer were! I loved hearing all about your hike, garden and good book. Thank you for sharing your weekend with me, Rift. Hope we meet again on this swap soon.
MarHelene rated for private TGIF nc #167 on Oct 18, 2019
Comment: Cool encounter with the deer! Such a present!
krspellman rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #165 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading about your weekend! ❀️
Canariangal78 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #164 on Oct 15, 2019
Comment: It was only when I turned the card over to read the back cover that I noticed you made the card! it is a gorgeous picture and it is now on display in my living room :-) I also love the bird pics, the song sparrow is so pretty (that colour combo!). Thanks for a lovely swap Rift.

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earthnk on Jun 24, 2019:

Thank you Rift for your beautiful card. It made me smile.

sebastian122 on Jun 10, 2019:

I'm glad you joined my swap. I'm even gladder you sent me a postcard! Too sweet for your own good, I tell ya! =D

sojourner on May 12, 2019:

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sojourner on May 12, 2019:

Thank you. It was so thoughtful of you to send your Ares postcard. Love It!

AddictWithAPen on Apr 18, 2019:

I just received the postcard for the swap you angeled, Dawn and Piper are way too cute. Thank you very much !

HappyMom on Jan 27, 2019:


I am so sorry to hear about your car accident Rift... Sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery.

HappyMom on Jan 19, 2019:

Hello Rift! Just dropping by to say HI ... Looking forward to TGIF swaps coming back! Hope you had a great holiday and that 2019 is off to a great start!


Traceyk on Nov 1, 2018:

What a coincidence! I joined the postcard exchange this month on GR and realized you're the same person that I've swapped with before on SB! Wonderful! :)

USAFwife on Aug 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise post card. :) The butterfly is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your photography with me. :) ~Cindi

Stargazer008 on Jul 18, 2018:

How cool is that!!!! I won in the postcard roulette! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my letter box! I really enjoyed your little story! And now have a lovely evening.

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