Swap-bot Time: May 30, 2020 4:47 am


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


∞ 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.

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.


Selewis91 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #195 on May 29, 2020
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #194 on May 24, 2020
Comment: As always, so great to have you as a partner. I so enjoyed reading about your weekend. Your pictures are so great. Thank you.
STUFFellaneous rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #193 on May 15, 2020
Comment: Good to hear from you again! Everything sounds so lovely where you are!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!
TamiTam55 rated for First & Last Lines no. 21 on May 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your first and last lines! It sounds like a rather interesting and eclectic collection of stories.
Comment: The mail is moving again! I just received your postcard today! The concerns you voiced in the pc have sadly come true. My grandma lives in Michigan, and is in her 80s, and it kills me that if something happens I won't be able to get to her. I hope you and your family are healthy and safe!
Journeyoften rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #190 on May 3, 2020
Comment: What a treat to open and read your letter! Thank you for telling me about your weekend and for the beautiful photos you enclosed. Such beauty and hope in them! I do hope that your seeds grow well and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor in the garden! :) Have a great day!
denisedecker58 rated for Quick Turnaround PC Swap #2 on May 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard!
mchesser12 rated for Quick Turnaround PC Swap #2 on May 2, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful West Sussex postcard. Community garden... how cool! My dad does a garden every year. The rule is you want it, you pick it.
Amyncognito rated for Quick Turnaround PC Swap #2 on Apr 27, 2020
Comment: Thanks!! Love that garden card! Jealous of your tulips!
Comment: Yesss.. isn't it wonderful how every downside has its upside? Since this crisis, our house is finally getting cleaned like it should.. and it's done a world of good for our garden.. I actually spent more time outside than usual hahaha Wishing you lots of Sunny nature walks and good health
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #189 on Apr 18, 2020
Comment: I was so excited when I realized you were my partner and of course even more excited when your beautiful notecard and note arrive. Thank you so very much!
Blurg rated for First & Last Lines No. 20 on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: Wonderful lines. Must be a deep read. Thank you.
euniceq rated for Coronavirus, my life in 6 words on Apr 14, 2020
Comment: "Creativity is hard when so worried." - I very much relate to this. I've had so many good ideas but it's difficult to put them to practice when you're a bundle of nerves!
Kathy821 rated for Coronavirus, my life in 6 words on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Great answers! Thankful for medical staff & other essential workers.
Comment: Know all about that 2 meter distance, they do it to me too,hehehe
southkawai rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #187 on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks for youre mail and beautiful FlowerPhoto. Japan is most beautiful season like youre country. And I'm also interested in birth control and reproductive health. Now I can't going out. So I won't read more but I'm so restless I can barely read a book. I want to read a lot when I settle down more! Have a nice spring. And take care of youreself.
hispanka77 rated for Coronavirus, my life in 6 words on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: **Comfort eating, the jeans are tight!** LOL, that's true! πŸ˜‚πŸ”πŸŸπŸ•πŸ©
kasa rated for Coronavirus, my life in 6 words on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: Like you I am enjoying the local nature walks and the hours of reading but not the results of comfort eating.
fairladybuff rated for Coronavirus, my life in 6 words on Apr 12, 2020
Comment: β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️ I like your name, lol, and enjoyed your post

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myancey on Feb 14, 2020:

Thank you for the unassigned postcard for postcard roulette. I loved this owl so much! Thank you.

Gnoe on Feb 11, 2020:

My heart is full and warm from your lovely letter + beautiful photos!!!

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! :)

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