Swap-bot Time: February 24, 2021 8:56 pm


Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: February 24, 2021

Country: United States
UN World Food Programme: Free Rice
Love for our Elders - Write a Letter to a Senior
US Postal Service - Informed Delivery

A note about mailing times...

February 2021 - Lately the US mail I've been able to track has taken an average of 5-6 days, with delays of a week or more being common--I am assuming this is partly due to all the major storm systems that we've been seeing. I am SO grateful for the work that our postal workers do (in the rain, in the wind, in the dark!) and ask that everyone have patience.

If you are missing mail from me, please send me a message--I can always send you another. I also strongly recommend that US residents sign up for USPS Informed Delivery; this free service can be extremely helpful in tracking down missing or late mail.

⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ I Pledge to Rate ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐ 🦑 ⭐

Because I know it can be a source of anxiety for some, I also like to be prompt when it comes to rating--generally I will do so within a day of receiving the mail. If I haven't rated, it means I haven't received it yet, but you are still welcome to message me in the meantime if you have concerns--I won't mind.

❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™

I am still sending well wishes and virtual hugs to everyone out there, that they and their families are able to stay healthy and safe from fires, storms, and all other sources of distress. Thank you all for continuing to spread kindness!

❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ ❀️ πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™

About Me

Hello, I'm Tracey (she, her, hers) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. I am trying very hard to destash/not accumulate more clutter right now, but as many crafters know, this is an uphill battle. :)

I am unfortunately, despite my best/worst efforts, only fluent in English though I have managed to learn a little ASL. Estoy aprendiendo espaΓ±ol--Β‘pero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en espaΓ±ol, me encanta practicar.

I love plants, but have managed to kill a fair number of them, including so-called "foolproof" snake plants, pothos plants, ZZ plants and succulents.

taco plant

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though of course I haven't been able to go camping or hiking as much in a while.

Bigfoot truck camper on someone else's truck

We have a truck camper (similar to the one pictured above) and have driven all over the western states and parts of Canada, and have seen many black bears and grizzly bears, but are very careful to keep a safe distance--not as close as this! My roadtrip 'job' is to help navigate/read the maps, but also to watch out for bears, goats, deer, bison, bunnies, and other critters that might be approaching the roadway.

watch out! black bear

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Sadie by Courtney Summers A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane March trilogy by John Lewis The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan New Shoes by Sara Varon Bloom by Kevin Panetta After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor - graphic to be published Jan 2021

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen The Last One by Alexandra Oliva We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks. I used to read a lot of teen and children's titles, but don't read them quite as much now that I have retired from my job as a children's/teen librarian, except when I need to take a break from the heavier nonfiction, which is more often these days.

Favorite Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah--I miss watching the Colbert Report; most of the "late" shows are actually on too late for my bedtime
  • The Amazing Race--Phil's newest show is good too, but I haven't caught very many episodes.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (though it will never be the same without Alex πŸ’œ)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, depending on the subject, and my mood at the time. Generally, anything with David Attenborough is a good bet.

Flat Things to Happy Mail

In case it helps you, here are some things I wouldn't mind finding in the mailbox:

  • art that you made. If it is fan art, you'll want to also include an explanation in case it refers to something I am not hip enough to know about (extremely likely).
  • a zine
  • postcards, new or vintage - I don't mind handmade (see above: "art that you made"), and interesting ad cards are welcome if they fit the swap!
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are always good too)
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegan or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a home-sewn face mask (standard adult size)
  • a tarot reading (I don't have a Book of Shadows or anything but I do have a deck that I use occasionally and I think it'd be interesting to see how other people practice their art)
  • book recommendations
  • something Hufflepuff or badger-themed! (house pride!)
  • tea (black, green, white; caf or decaf)
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass
  • a piece of ribbon that is at least 1" wide and 38"-45" long (I volunteer as a memory-bear crafter and sometimes I dress them up with a bow around the neck)


I'll do my best to pass on items that aren't my thing, but please do not send:

  • religious items, unless called for in the swap. I do celebrate holidays, but I don't associate any spiritual significance to them.
  • flyers from a sports equipment store
  • reminder that I am WAY past due for a dental visit
  • beetle larvae or smooshed spiders (unless called for in the swap!)
  • anything that is moldy (fun fact: items returned to the library with visible water damage have to be discarded because they may develop a mildew which can then spread to the other books on the shelf!)
  • things that are hateful or demeaning towards other people

Bonus: Here is a Sloth for You

sloth saying hello


Comment: My heart raced a million beats per minute upon receiving the letter! You did an awesome job with the BT21 drawings! I'm very happy! Thank you so much! You deserve 100 hearts! I will sip your hot tea tonight. xoxo
Sweetrizzo44 rated for Ukulele Jam Swap - February on Feb 23, 2021
Comment: Tracey - thank you for the Oakland A's phone pocket. Opening my envelope and seeing the surprise made me smile. I also enjoyed the doodles - I love sock monkeys, poodles, and haikus! You were so thoughtful. Thank you again and keep on swapping...
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and the beautiful postcards!
Response: Thank you Janet, I am still working on my card-making skills (some swap-bot folks sure do take things to the next level!) but glad you liked what I made. πŸ’›
colleenbUSA rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #23 on Feb 21, 2021
Comment: I love your drawings! Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thank you, Colleen! It's always a pleasure to swap with you :)
Jjean rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #22 on Feb 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun answers......Sorry to be late in rating this....
Response: Thank you Jean! πŸ“š ❀️
Comment: This was a book club read for our group and I loved it, love it - read it twice!! Thanks for hosting the swap - I love to talk about books and I love recommendations!! xxMuggleMom
Response: Aw, thanks for joining my swap. Happy reading! πŸ“š ❀️
SatisHuman rated for RAK Destash #2 - February on Feb 16, 2021
Comment: Chocolate banana cake sounds delicious!
Response: Thank you :) ❀️
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-Prompt #22 on Feb 14, 2021
Comment: Hi Tracey! Thanks for your prompt answer! I hope you have a lovely day :)
Response: Thank you, Jess! Have a great day and happy reading :) πŸ“š ❀️
Comment: I love that book - thank you for making and sending your lovely art to me! My niece likes to laugh at the illustration that shows the Baaaad Seed cutting in the bathroom line.
Response: Thank you Tamara. I hope you are having a good week. Happy reading! πŸ“š β˜€οΈ 🌱 ❀️
Comment: Thank you! I love, love the images you picked! Especially the dog one and the breakfast club one!
Response: Those were my favorites too! ❀️
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail and brightening my mailbox!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the ❀️. Happy Valentine's !
Comment: Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!
Response: Thanks, you too :) πŸ¦‹
Comment: Love the doggie images! Thank you!
Response: Thanks Pam. I hope February has been kind to you so far ! ❀️
Comment: I wish I could give you 10 stars! What an amazing envie and greeting cards and note! Thank you so much!!!! I’m going to scrapbook it
Response: I'm glad it arrived safely despite all the snowstorms and being 8c short on postage (see my follow-up envelope!). Take care β›…πŸŒˆ
BicycleUkulele rated for Ukulele Jam Swap on Feb 7, 2021
Comment: Love your song & your letter & envelope!!! I'm so inspired to write more. Want to swap more songs, create more ukulele art & thank you for the capitol postcard, too..
Response: Glad you liked it :) - Thanks again for coordinating a fun swap! πŸŽΈβ™© β™ͺ β™« ♬❀️
Comment: πŸ’™πŸͺπŸ’™πŸͺπŸ’™πŸ₯°πŸ€©OMG! I love the postcard that you made so much! Not only was it the only brightly colored & cheerful envie that was in the mailbox today (and my mail carrier actually stacked it neatly on top, which means she liked it too). But, I leaped for joy when I opened it to find a handmade COOKIE monster card! He's got my word and name all mingled into one inspiring note of encouragement and I am posting him on my refrigerator where I can appreciate him multiple times each day!!!If I could hug you, I would & you most certainly deserve a million hearts here! I **thank you** with all of mine🀍!πŸ₯°πŸ’™πŸͺπŸ’™πŸͺπŸ’™πŸͺπŸ’™πŸͺ
Response: Yay, I'm glad you like it, and that it arrived OK -- sometimes those "busy" envelopes can take longer. Have a lovely ❀️ week!
Comment: My first MACUSA card lol! I agree, I enjoy the FB movies far more and I'm sad they've dropped Johnny Depp (the eyes definitely are creepy though).
Response: Thanks Mandi ❀️ 🦝
Cynfully rated for RAK Destash #1 - January on Jan 26, 2021
Response: Thank you Cyndie! I hope you and your family are doing well. β˜ƒοΈ
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks Michele! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well 🐧 🐧 🐧 🐧 🐧 🐧 🐧 🐧
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Squirrels! I always enjoy animal-related celebrations and the water skiing squirrel is always fun! Have a great day.
Response: Thank you Nancy! I look forward to swapping with you again 🐿️ ❀️

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zeroeoj on Feb 17, 2021:

Hello Tracey,

I received your extra letter today. THANK YOU ! I loved the tea and pc and stamps! It was so nice!!! =) I hope all is well with you =)

traceyj on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Birthday Audre!

"When we speak we are afraid that our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." - Audre Lorde

(Feb. 18, 1934 - Nov. 17, 1992)

MuggleMom on Feb 10, 2021:

LLU: πŸ“š Happy Library Lovers month! (profile deco)

I swear this is my old bookmobile inside! xxMuggleMom

MuggleMom on Feb 10, 2021:

 LLU: πŸ“š Happy Library Lovers month! (profile deco)

Isn't this a neat bookmobile!

I miss the bookmobile from my childhood. I remember the adventure of riding my bike to meet up with my friends at the corner of the block as we waited for the bookmobile to drive up. We talked about books we wanted to get or books we are returning. It was a surefire way to see some of my friends during summer break. I can still feel the sunshine on my face after coming out of the bookmobile with my latest finds. xxMuggleMom

Meisje on Feb 10, 2021:

Happy Valentines day



Rosie2766 on Feb 9, 2021:

Hi Tracey,

Here we are again!!! I’m getting to be an old pro at this now!! Lol. Here are some Doggie Valentine Greetings for you for the ESG: Doggie Valentine Profile Greeting!!! I hope you like them!!!

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!!!



mchesser12 on Feb 9, 2021:

for: ESG Doggie Valentine's profile greeting

from: Melissa (mchesser12)

reauk on Jan 23, 2021:

Thanks Tracey You made my day yorkies are my favourite dogs Still not figured out how to put photos on my profile Thanks again Take care stay safe Andrea 😊

nancylee on Jan 21, 2021:

Squirrel Appreciation Day bonus images :)thanks for joining!

Moxieroe on Jan 20, 2021:

Happy squirrel appreciation day!

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