Swap-bot Time: February 26, 2021 4:42 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: February 26, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me


25 Feb... I've been out of the brace and wrap for a week now. And slowly but surely my fingers are learning how to curl without hurt. I've written a couple postcards, but continue to type and print letters.

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


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.


debbiespoms rated for Just Because Postcard Swap#30 on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you Rift for the so cute duck, you took a picture of!
danushaj rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing this book with me. Very much appreciated!
jaimierandolph rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #143 on Feb 10, 2021
pixxieedust rated for Interest me No. 89 on Feb 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the email. Stories with multiverse setting is always interesting for me.. and Nik Nik looks like an interesting character!
MsMarvel rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Wow, what great opening and closing lines! I've definitely added this book to my TBR list! :) Thank you!
ericabella rated for Interest me No. 89 on Feb 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you, rift!
postmarkd rated for First & Last Lines No. 30 on Feb 6, 2021
Comment: Ooh what a lovely book to recommend, thank you so much for sharing!! I believe I've heard of Sarah in the last few months, and I'm so glad you shared her book - I'll be adding it to my list for sure! Happy reading!
zeroeoj rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #231 on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: i'm so sorry about the loss of Piper! Its always so hard losing a little furry family member. Im glad you were able to go out and hike. Thanks for the wonderful pics, I will be using them in my journal today. Be well =) Joe
michlove rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #230 on Jan 28, 2021
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful card and the lovely photos. I could see your photos as a postcard set. So sorry to hear about your finger, ouch! Hope it heals well. Hope the birds are out this weekend and are feeling photogenic. Cheers!
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #229 on Jan 24, 2021
Comment: thank you for the wonderful card. As always I love hearing about your adventures. I'm so sorry about your hand. I cant imagine. Your weekend sounded lovely. If you ever go to the Willamette river and get a pic from the bridge. I'd love one. i miss Eugene.
MsBellaDonna rated for Interest me no. 88 on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: You have definitely got me interested! I want to branch out more with what I read and this is a fun way to discover books/authors I may not have known about or overlooked. Thanks so much for sharing! xo
gingerbee rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #228 on Jan 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter and pics! Sounds like you had quite a weekend - hope you've recovered! The card was lovely - what kind of printer do you use? The image was printed so nicely, and I do appreciate all our little pollinators! :)
Scarlett3639 rated for Book I am reading #2 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Arrived safely! Such a pretty postcard! Too bad your first choice didn't fit in the envelope :-(
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #227 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: thank you for sending me a new duck. :) I've been putting them on my bulletin board in my office. Ugh computer problems are the WORST! I started Barbara Kingsolver as well. Trying to make time to read more this year! I look forward to your next letter. Happy birding and swapping.
HannahKaitlyn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #226 on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the notecard and extra pictures. I think I'm going to frame the photos, I love birds!
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #225 on Dec 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you always wonderful to have you as a partner. Hope you are back to being able to walk. You do such wonderful photography.
mcovey rated for Weekly Wrap Up PC #23 on Dec 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for beautiful Oregon falls pc and your weeks events , hope you are feeling better ! Glad you did accomplish a lot of things
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #224 on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Hi Rift! How fun to be partners again so soon! Thank you for the lovely photos - I love that you share info on the backs of them! Bummer that your forest time had to be shared with others and that messed up your photo time - grrr! Sometimes things are just too peoplely! Good for you on continuing with the book series and so glad you are enjoying this one better! Thanks for always making me smile with your sweet mail and for hosting these swaps! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Better New Year! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
megan1230 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #223 on Dec 12, 2020
Comment: Whenever swap partners are assigned for the swap, I peek at who my partner will be and I get so excited when it's you! Thank you again for another thrilling letter and wonderful pictures of your weekend! I thought the bald eagle one was soooooo cool but then the heron ones were even cooler! I keep your pictures on my window sill because they're absolutely wonderful!
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #222 on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Hi Rift! Always so lovey to have you as my partner, between your weekend note and photos, I am always smiling when I get Happy Mail from you! Do you mind if I share your lovely photos with my Chemo Buddy? I am sure she would love them as much as I do and of course, I would give you credit for them! Will wait to hear from you before sharing! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! If we don't visit before Christmas, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and much better New Year! 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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