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veronicallama

veronicallama
Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: October 24, 2020

Country: United States
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I'm Rhonda! I live in Oakland, California with my partner. I teach elementary school. Born in the mid 60's, I've been a member of the 50+ club for a couple of years now. Being on Swap-bot here with you makes me happy! I'm ready for some innocent fun!

IF you'd like some notecard envelopes (JUST envelopes, no notecards), please message me and I'll send 12 or 15 your way. A friend shared an estate sale find with me, but now I have way too many! US swappers only, due to postage.

My interests are varied. I like cooking, hiking, reading, cities (London has a special place in my heart), trees, dogs, and llamas. I've always been interested in politics and remain optimistic that democracy has a chance of working for the benefit of all.

Living in Oakland, I take advantage of being just a bridge away from the museums in San Francisco. I visit art museums frequently and like having the time to take in beauty and strangeness. I tend to enjoy more contemporary works than classic, but that's not a hard and fast.

I like cute stuff...slightly gothic stuff (think Edward Gorey)... I'm into Adventure Time and Bob's Burgers and Regular Show (cartoon watcher for life!)... I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds. I've loved dogs my whole life.

Colors that speak to me are candy brights of ALL shades; all pinks, from baby soft pastels to loud fuchsias -- Wait. Who am I kidding? I can't list all the colors I like! More is better, that much I can say!

When I was growing up, I'd spend all my money on records and concert tickets. I'm a rocknroll girl. These days, I listen to powerpop from the 70s-90s, roots rock and Americana, and singer/songwriter stuff. I love seeing local acts, like Chuck Prophet, Bart Davenport, and Crying Time.

I was very lucky to have seen Prince twice - once in 2011, and then again, just 3 months before he passed. Prince's music added so much excitement to my life, being a teenager in the '80s. I still find it so sad that his life ended as it did, far too soon. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

I was a literature major and the books I like most have interesting language, as well as an engaging story. I am a word nerd, for sure! I love that a Richard Ford novel is guaranteed to have words new to me on nearly every page. Junot Diaz and Philip Roth are also favorite authors of mine; their sentence and story constructions make me swoon.

Being a word nerd makes it easy for me to love poetry: in a good poem, every word is essential and leads to a perfect moment of "aha." Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Berry have all given me those moments for which I'm grateful.

Book last finished: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce ::: Currently reading: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki + Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr + The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin

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Postcrossing is what lead me to Swap-bot. Hooray! I started collecting postcards during college and would spend a lot of time arranging them just-so, putting them up on my bedroom walls. It's fun returning to a hobby I began as a much younger me.

Junk journals, zines, and pocket letters are all part of the paper-based fun brought into my life by Swap-bot. These new creative outlets bring a little nervousness with them - ME? I'm sending swaps of this sort out into the world? - because I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and building confidence from there.

FAVORITE POSTCARD IMAGES include:

dogs! - paintings - silly/weird/absurd stuff - animals - black&whitephotography

FUN STUFF to make my MAIL HAPPY= washi tape::tea bags::blank postcards:: stickers::surprises !!!

Send to someone else: jasmine or chai tea & touristy postcards. Thank you :)

Ratings

chelle523 rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Autumn swap :) on Oct 22, 2020
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Comment: I'm so sorry to hear about the wildfires. I can't even imagine how hard that is. I've spent my free time bingewatching shows and reading a lot. Thankfully, my family's healthy, so I try not to let it get me too down. Take care of yourself! And thank you for the lovely goodies!
aladyde rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #89 on Oct 22, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card. Danke!
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Comment: Thank you! I absolutely LOVE the stamps you sent -- so perfect for me! Such a fun swap! Loved the envelope too, all covered in vintage stamps!!! <3
jutrinc rated for Instax/Polaroid swap on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the pictures! And all the little extras!!!
glassnowdrop rated for Surprise postcard swap #3 on Oct 9, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful set of cards :) I hope you are doing well
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard! I love these cards that have something going on from every view! Thank you for your kind words. Have a great day and happy swappung!
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Comment: Loved the card! Thank you! We look forward to our daily walks with the pup as well, though not so much now that California is smoked in.
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty poppy card and the wonderful library postcards, Rhonda. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on libraries. I totally agree. Well said! I sure miss my local library but am buying books in the meantime. Stay well and enjoy your books! Cathy/Writercat
matt319 rated for Quick 1 Day PC Swap #3 on Sep 7, 2020
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Comment: I love the postcard, thank you!!!
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Comment: Great assortment of stamps, and beyond the minimum required,thank you! Yes, that delicate fern is beautiful and I love botanicals. I think my favorites are the fun Fox in Socks and the very vintage 5 cent patriotic stamp. Thanks also for extra stickers and pretty tree envelope you made.
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debbiespoms rated for NYUP Oversized PC #7 on Aug 28, 2020
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Comment: Thank you very much for the so cute Zebras! Which I love! I hope you're still staying safe.
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Comment: Thank you for the recommendations! Sounds like something I'd read hanging out in the backyard when we get to go outside again =)
suepier rated for Animal Postcards USA #8 on Aug 26, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for the cute rabbit postcard.
squince rated for NYUP Oversized PC #7 on Aug 24, 2020
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Comment: Thank you! Beautiful notecards, stickers, PC and Washi.🌸
squince rated for Quick 1 Day PC Swap #3 on Aug 21, 2020
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Comment: Loved the haiku :)
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Comment: Realistic fiction is my favorite too! I love the pc and stamps. Thank you.
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Comments

baseri on Nov 30, 2019:

Rhonda, Thank you for the pretty postcard! It made my day! Will pop a note in the mail to you this week. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Dale Baseri

orneryswife on Aug 2, 2019:

I received your postcard and happy mail today! How fun! Thank you.

orneryswife on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the letter for the summer penpal swap. I will write back soon!

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Came here randomly and just wanted you to know that you have a really cool profile :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 25, 2019:

I was reading profiles of participants in my swaps that I haven't had the pleasure of knowing yet and I must say that yours is refreshing. Thanks for the smile on a cold Monday here. I am thrilled to have you in my swap. ♥

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!

Jodie

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap & for taking the time to send a sweet & thoughtful Halloween swap to Grayson. He really did smile from ear to ear. Take care & Happy Halloween!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 10, 2018:

CS: Doggie Deco :) Thank you for joining!!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

THANK YOU
Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

hamsterfarm on Jun 3, 2018:

instax

Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

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