Swap-bot Time: October 21, 2021 7:12 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: October 20, 2021
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated May 29, 2021, Time for an update

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I will have been married 33 years, as of, Jan 2021. We parented 8 Plus kids. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. I have 1 adult, former foster, still living with me, Junior, age 32. He moved back in with me OCT of 2019, as he in need of a kidney transplant. He will need our help over the next year to two.

JUNIOR got a live kidney donated kidney May 20th, 2021 from a stranger in a paired live donation.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better, maybe even as the queen of this castle. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2017. (He always has to out do me). He successfully has made it past the 2 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank, with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

I was diagnosed with stage 3-c ovarian cancer. in August of 2020. I am pretty close to being cancer free. Then I have a once a month maintenance chemo for a year. None of this has effected my swapping, so I never mentioned it before May of 2021. I felt kind of sad that I got another type of cancer when I was close to my 5 year mark for the breast cancer. And really didnt want to talk about it too much.

pets and postcards

We have 4 rescued dogs and 3 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing. I cant seem to stay in the lines. Go figure.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do like to swap tea. I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

If you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.

About Me

THEMES that bring me joy.

A- alligators, ants, animals, apple scented things, avocados, acorns

B- butterflies, black bears, brown bears, buttons, birds, borders for paper crafting, books,

C- cats, coffee, cacti, clocks, clocktowers, crowns,

D- dogs, dachshunds, deer, daisies, desert in bloom,

E- elephants, eggplants, ESFP

F- Fish, esp on atcs, I have not idea why, Flowers, fall leaves,

G- GEIGO GECKO, green is my favorite color. all green atcs.

H- heather plant, Hawaii


J -Jackalopes

K- kangaroos,

L- lemons. lace,

M- mice,



P- pumpkins but not jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkins scented things, Pumpkin spice things, postcard (see likes above), Playing card (5s, jokers, and Face card esp)

Q queens, quilts,


S- snakes are fine, I am not afraid. snowflakes, snowmen,

T- Tim holtz, trees,

U- umbrellas,

V- vintage

W- wings on people and dogs

X xenophobia depicted in art.


Z -zebras,


annim rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #22 on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Hope you are enjoying your new home! :)
Comment: Not to comment on your hosting, but seriously... you should think about banning a lot more people from your swaps. Maybe you should ban everyone, in fact. But Especially @draco their comments are pretty lame. And not to mention, me! I broke every single rule you had, and you didn't ban me. This isn't really behavior we should be encouraging.
Response: Wait. I had rules?
Ariaya rated for AAA: 3 things ATC on Oct 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the fun card! I love the message of joy and happiness.
Comment: I have never heard of Dry Bar comedians. I will have to look them up.
Response: They are funny and are in UTAH so family friendly and clean.
ainanae rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #22 on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Hope you feel good in your new place. Happy autumn! :)
thebragal rated for AAA: Happy Fall Y'all ATC 2X2 INT on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: Love them both. Thank you so much.
Lovelykarina rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #22 on Oct 15, 2021
galadkria rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #22 on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: thank you for sharing :)
kayebubbly rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #22 on Oct 15, 2021
Comment: thank you for joining this swap! I hope you have a wonderful fall and may you have a blessed one!!
MamaD rated for MM&M- Mystery Skinny with a twist on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Skinny! Love the list of authors as well! Thank you!!
colodad rated for AAA: Sender's Choice #322349 on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: Love the saying !! What set is that from. It will be fun to use the papers you sent. Thanks
elinor rated for AAA: Happy Fall Y'all ATC 2X2 INT on Oct 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful autumnal ATC's, I love the textures you've created :)
Comment: Thanks for your opinions. I hadn’t thought of THE SHACK, but that movie was absolutely better than the nebulous book. Good email! I’ll cc you when I send out mine.
Comment: I almost missed your email because it didn't have a subject line/reference the swap name (I was searching my junk folder). I haven't read The Shack, but I really liked the movie. I wrote about Jaws too!
nancylee rated for AMMM: HELLO OCTOBER profile on Oct 5, 2021
Comment: I love them especially the singe bunny with the leaf she looks like our Miss Mariel <3 thank you
Comment: Love the new technique that you used! Hope you are doing fine. Thank you ♥♪♫*¨*•.¸¸🍁🍂🌾🌿
Comment: Thank you - I love them - I love the trees and the leaf - Happy Autumn!
Comment: Thank you for the Sweet Home card. Love the lace!
Christopherpines rated for Decluttering our Kitchen on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting such a great swap! I appreciate the impetus to get some things done! It sounds like moving, has given you the permission to purge! I am still keeping the book pages!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Decluttering our Kitchen on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: The best of luck to you on your move - do you have an official date set yet? And oh - you are having a sale this weekend - I would so love to be there, I bet you're getting rid of some great stuff! I love flea markets, garage sales, stoop sales, resale shops, junk shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. which is one of my problems of decluttering!
Response: My last day in Phoenix, is OCT 8th. I gave most of my stuff away, too busy for a yard sale, but my neighbor tried to have one. I gave away the fridge, the stove, and trying to give away the big table, no takers.

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laterdayze on Oct 18, 2021:

Thank you for the petite Christmas cards with envies you sent for my October wish from RAK's only USA! :D

circularlogic on Oct 13, 2021:

Thank you for the 3 grateful things postcard October wish granted from RAKS only USA. :D

All the best,

Highlander18 on Oct 12, 2021:

Thank you for the SEPT Rak #5 Greeting cards - Great assortment and fun! Happy mail day here!!!

LadyJo on Sep 28, 2021:

Thank you for the books you sent for the RAK of Books. I will enjoy reading these!

bbsporty on Sep 26, 2021:

colleenbUSA on Sep 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the dalmatian greeting cards from RAKS Only USA! They're so cute!

geeksavvy on Sep 22, 2021:

Hi Happy Fall!🍂🍁

Fall profile deco - September

Tigerlilyknotwise on Sep 20, 2021:

Hi :) The postcard you sent on August 24 just arrived! I hope you found a good place. It was 102 degrees when you sent it...wow! I'm not sure we even broke 90 here this year. Things are starting to cool down this week, which makes me happy. I'm ready for the Fall weather.
Have a beautiful day! ~Rachael

nancylee on Sep 17, 2021:

Fall Profile Deco - September

Highlander18 on Sep 17, 2021:

Thank you very much for the RAK Foreign books for crafting - will be fun to use!

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