Me and my girls and hamster!
Credit: Instagram: madebyauddi
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
I love happy mail! Greeting cards, postcards, letters, fat packages, I don't care. I just love opening up my mailbox to some goodies! Let me know if you'd like to swap non-touristy postcards, sorry, US only. Dang postage prices. I'm always up for swapping fun/cute/unique cards!
I'm a secretary and also cat sit before/after work. I LOVE cats. Crazy cat lady here. I have two cats, a tortie with tortitude named Bella Luna (aka Bells). And a blind calico named Tillie! They are my babies!
If you ever don't receive a swap from me, please let me know! Out of all the mail running through the PO on a daily basis, I would imagine some would get lost. :) If you're unhappy with what I send, let me know before leaving a bad rating. My favorite part of swapping is picking out a postcard for someone, so I want to make sure you're happy.
Apparently some people don't appreciate my "snark." I tell it like it is, and I don't take myself or life too seriously. Life is way too short. This website is supposed to be FUN, let's not ruin that.
-Retro/Vintage (Example: Pin-Up Girls, Old Ads, etc.)
-Homemade! Especially if it's some photo you took!
-Jetoy -- Though I found out that cards that are vertical, as these usually are, has the post office all in a tizzy and unless you 'go rogue' and send horizontal with the stamp where it's normally going to be, they'll say there's 47 cents postage due
-Book Related (Covers, people reading, etc)
-I Love Lucy
-Sesame Street/Mr. Rogers/Vintage Children's, etc.
-Whales, Elephants, Hedgehogs, Fox, Giraffes!
-Anne Taintor/Housewives From Hell/etc
-Classic Disney (Lion King, Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, etc.)
-I love zazzle postcards, or homemade if they are well done! So even if the rules state no Zazzle/Homemade/etc. if you think I would like it and it's good quality, feel free to send!
-Honestly, I don't like tourist cards at all. I'm not going to be pissed if you send one, I just won't love it and I very rarely keep them or give hearts. I don't heart for a card I don't heart. :) If that's all you have, fine. Otherwise, I'd really be happy with nearly anything else. I usually sign up for tourist swaps just to get rid of some I have, so even if you have me for a partner for that and want to send something else, FEEL FREE! :)
If you have to send a tourist card, the ones I don't completely hate are:
-Branson, MO (My dad lived there)
I don't like religion stuff. But I'm not easily offended, so dark, inappropriate stuff is absolutely fine. :)
Just for ideas if it's a surprise swap or you're not sure what else to send me, here's some other random things I like and collect:
- Again, anything cat related. Stickers, postcards, notecards, figurines, ANYTHING!
-Buddha! I love little Buddha trinkets.
-Stuff FOR my cats. Catnip toys, Catnip, treats, wet foods, toys, etc. I'm also a cat sitter so I can always donate to kitties I visit, too!
-Christmas ornaments! I like cat ones and just colorful, pretty, kitschy, glitter, woodland animals, etc!
-Tea Towels - Cute designs, vintage, homemade, etc.
-Smashbook stuff/Journal Cards
-Labels - Cute graphics are appreciated!
-Unused US stamps in any denomination!
-Anything having to do with "You Are My Sunshine" or "Amazing Grace" (Lyric art, etc) My dad loved those songs and the last song I ever sang with him before he passed was "You are my sunshine." so it holds a special place in my heart!
I sometimes join cat swaps, so if you are wanting or needing to get something for my cats, here is a little bio on them!
Unfortunately, my sweet Bella fell ill on 12/4/16 and I took her into the ER where they diagnosed her with aggressive cancer. I took her home and spent as much time as I could with her, and on 12/6/16 I had to lay my sweet girl to rest. She crossed over the rainbow bridge so peacefully. My heart is completely broken, she was the best love of my life.
Bella Luna, Bells for short. I adopted her in December 2009. She's a tortie, with lots of tortitude! http://www.facebook.com/TortieBella
I adopted Cat#2 in October 2015, her name is Tillie and she is my blind, calico beauty. She had her eyes removed after her rescue due to reversed lenses and major ocular pressure that caused her a lot of pain.
Her likes are:
-Paper Ball Toys
-Mylar Balls -Really any small toy she can carry or bat around
-Those colored balls with colored tinsel -- she is OBSESSED
-Freeze-Dried Chicken Treats
I have now entered "Crazy Cat Lady" status for sure. Miss Pippi showed up in my yard when I got home from work and catsitting on September 30, 2016. I feed about 4 strays that come and go but they're all skittish and 'Pippi' walked right up to me. I brought her inside to keep her safe until an owner was found, except we gave it a week and nobody ever claimed her. She was vetted and chipped and determined to likely be homeless. I have no idea how she got to be so friendly, but I couldn't just let her go, so she's now acclimating herself to my house. (Or I should say Bella & Tillie are acclimating to her.) Pippi LOVES food and she loves to chat, she's got a big mouth. :) She's very cuddly and friendly, and also a troublemaker. Love her immensely.
-She LOVES very potent/strong-smelling catnip toys. Think the YEOWW! brand, or similar.
Once I lost Bella, I decided my life was incomplete without a tortie in it. Those who have ever been blessed to love one will know exactly what I mean. So I asked my local animal rescue friends and turns out that Tillie's foster mom had this tortie, named Bella Knight. "Bella" was out on a farm and raised many litters of kittens, then was rescued and 'dried up' but at one point was introduced to some kittens and started producing milk again. She's my sweet mama. About 4 years old. I decided to name her Bea as an homage to my "Queen B--Bella." She's an absolute sweetheart, a chatter box and even wags her tail like a dog.
-Bea loves cat treats. She doesn't have a preference.
In April, my mom decided to foster a group of 4 baby kittens. She bottle fed them for months and one of them was just not thriving. It was believed she wouldn't make it. I decided then and there, if she pulled through, I would adopt her. She got some fluids and ended up pulling through and of course I followed through on my promise and brought her home. She's now our little Penelope. So now I'm the proud cat mom of 4! And I swear that is it. :)
-Penny loves cat treats.
-Her favorite toys are felt pompom balls and pipe cleaners. I shudder to think how many are currently under my fridge.
-She also loves any other type of ball/toy she can carry and bat around!
People always ask where their names come from, so a quick overview. I named Bella after a Jason Mraz song. I've always loved Jmraz and the name just stuck with her. It means "Beautiful Moon." It's commonly thought I named her after Bella in Twilight, absolutely not. :)
Tillie came from the nickname my dad always called me. Allegedly he had a great aunt named Matilda and they always called her Tillie and for some reason, he started calling me that. He always called me his "Tillie girl" and after he passed I said if I ever had kids (unlikely) I would name a daughter Tillie but then my Tillie came up for adoption and I know instantly her name and how she would be MY little Tillie girl.
Pippi came about because I always loved Pippi Longstocking as a little girl. My dad would always read me this Pippi book before bed, all about Pippi in the Villavillekula. It was a favorite. When I met "Pippi" the first night, for some reason, Pippi just came to mind. But it's ironic now because her back feet have long 'white stockings,' so it worked out perfectly!
And finally Penelope came because as a baby, she had the white strip across her head. We called her Skunky for a while then I looked up who Pepé Le Pew's girlfriend was, and her name was Penelope, so that stuck!
Oh, guess what? I have a hamster too. I named him GusGus. :)
I'm still trying to train him to let me hold him, but he's still a little skittish. But he loves his treats and loves to run on his wheel! He's darling!
-GusGus loves treats!!! He's not picky!!
This is going to be long, but I have to speak my peace.
I think it's important to note that this site is a hobby of mine. My life doesn't revolve around the cards I send and receive. I love to pick out cards for people, if their profile lists interests and/or I have ones that fit that list. I love to open my mailbox and see what someone else has sent me. Even my postman says he enjoys seeing what mail I get everyday. I'm certainly not going to take this site as seriously as others do. I've suffered through a lot of grief and turmoil the past couple years. It filled me with such anger and sadness. The biggest thing was losing my dad suddenly after a 5-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was healthy one minute, and turned into a sick, emaciated shell of his former self seemingly overnight. It is the absolute hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life, and it completely changed me. He was the sweetest, nicest, loving man I have ever known and I miss him every single day. I have not met one person in this world who didn't like him. He just had a personality and a way with people, that everyone he met liked him and remembered him. He was a hippie, who wanted nothing more than to make someone smile with a stupid joke, singing a song they liked or just sending them a card in the mail. He was absolutely extraordinary and somehow, I just decided I needed to honor him by letting go of my anger and sadness. Little by little, I started living a life filled with more peace. Feeling more zen. Letting things go. This site had something to do with that. When I could send a little piece of happy in the mail to someone.
Unfortunately, there are people everywhere who don't live their life this way, and that's their choice. But what really grates me is when they try to inflict their attitude onto my life and my hobby. Please just keep that negativity to yourself, because I don't want it in my life.
Life is way too short to be upset about a piece of mail you received. I hate tourist postcards. Hate them. I never keep them. I see no point to them, unless I've been to the place myself. Does that mean I go and leave rotten ratings because someone didn't read my profile? Absolutely not. I just pass them off to people I know who collect used postcards. Not a big deal. I rate 5's and move on.
Do I get a postcard in the mail and pick apart the postal stamp to see when they sent it? God no. As far as I'm concerned, if I get a card in the mail, it works for me. Granted, if a few weeks have gone by and I haven't seen one, I message the person first (which some people choose not to do, and it's beyond frustrating) and give them an opportunity to send again. Life gets busy sometimes. I work on average 50-60 hours a week, every week, I get it. People have deaths in the family, car accidents, sickness. At the time of signing up for a swap, everything might be hunky dory, but then suddenly something happens and they may miss the deadline date by a day or a few. I'm not going to lose my mind over it because I, too, have more important things to worry about. As long as I end up getting a card, we're cool.
I also don't go through my hosted swaps, before assigning partners, to pick and choose who gets to participate.Anyone is welcome to participate as long as you meet the feedback criteria. If you've gotten a 1 in the past, a 3, I don't fret. We all make mistakes OR we all deal with swappers who are absolutely unreasonable, which I feel all of my low ratings are from. I believe my long list of 5's and hearts should more than make up for that. If you don't believe the same way, go ahead and ban me, I'll find another swap to join or host my own. If you join my swap and get flaked on, LET ME KNOW! I will happily make up for it!
I strive to be a peaceful person. I find myself working towards the Buddhist approach to life more and more. I still get annoyed. I still have angry days. But overall, I just want peace and happiness. I'm not going to flake on a person. I never have, never will. The only time I've rated someone a 1 is when I don't receive with no returned messages. It's either a 1 or a 5 for me. A great example is one swap I signed up for where you were supposed to send 3 cards of a theme, and I read it as you just send one card to the partner. I totally missed it but noticed and made up for it. My partner did the same as me but didn't catch it in time. I still gave a 5 and just let her know in my comment and she sent more after. I could've rated a 3 for sure, but hey, she still sent me mail. It was an honest mistake. Life is good!
I'm an honest person to a fault. Some have called me blunt. And i'll be damned if some Debbie Downer is going to ruin my friendships and fun on this site.
I guess my long-winded point is, try to keep this light. It's a hobby. You're not going to be on your deathbed and thinking of that person who sent the postcard 3 days after a deadline. Or whether someone sent you anything at all. Keep this fun. Isn't that why we're all here??
It's always so fun when people have a nice ABC list of random things they like. I always try to skim it to see if I have a card that matches something random on their list. So here is my list!
A: Arrows, Alpacas, Art, Art books, Anchors, Aurora Borealis, Acrylic Painting, Abstract Paintings, Angel Cards, Affirmation Decks, Alice in Wonderland
B: Buddha, Boho, Bandanas, B&W Photos, Bright Bold Colors!, Birds, Buddha Doodles, Books, Baking, Bees
C: CATS, Cacti, Crystals, Cookbooks, Children's Books, Christmas Ornaments, Colorado, Cursing, Cherry Blossom Trees, Cows
D: Ducks, Deer, Dreamcatchers, Dateline
E: Elephants, Estate Sales, Etsy
F: Fox, Flowers, Feathers, Field Guide Books, Fall Foliage
G: Geese, Gnomes, Gold, Guppies, Giraffes, Grumpy Cat, Goats, Gratitudes, Greeting Cards
H: Hippos, Hamsters, Hedgehog, Hippie, Harry Potter, Hot Air Balloons, Hummingbirds, Handmade Soaps & Lip Balms
I: Incense, Iceland, Ireland
J: Jellyfish, Judge Judy, Jimmy Fallon, Journals
K: Katie Daisy, Kittens
L: Llamas, Lilacs, Leaves, Lucille Ball, Lions, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lip Balm
M: Mourning Doves, Mushrooms, Meditation, Mindfulness, Maneki Neko Cat, Moon Phases, Mary Poppins, Mugs, Mucha, Matisse, Mason Jars
N: Namaste, New Age, Nesting Dolls, Narwhal, Native American Photography, Necklaces, Nicholas Sparks
O: Octopus, Olympics, Old Photos, Owls
P: Positivity, Palo Santo, Painting, Potted Plants, Pinterest, (The) Pioneer Woman, Pineapples, Pigs, Pippi Longstocking, Poppies, Pinterest, Postage Stamps, Porcupines
Q: The Letter Q!!! Since my last name is Quincey, I collect Q's., Quotes
R: Ryan Gosling, Reiki, Rhinos, Rainbows, Real Housewives of OC & BH, Rubber Stamps
S: Succulents, Squirrels, Snails, Stickers, someecards, Smudging, Serenity Prayer, Sheep
T: Trees, Tapestries, Tumblr, Trader Joes, Thrifting, Typography, Typewriters, Target
V: Vintage Cookbooks, Vintage American Indian Photos, Veronica Mars
W: Whales, Watercolors, Warhol, Washi, Wildflowers, Wishbones, Willie Nelson, Witches, Wizard of Oz, (The) Walking Dead, Wildflowers
X: X sucks. Go away.
Y: "You Are My Sunshine"
Z: Zen, Zazzle!
Other: 11:11, (the) 1920's
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