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Date Joined: October 22, 2008
Last Online: November 25, 2013

Country: United States
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About Me


(Updated July 1, 2013) I love all things snail mail! Random surprises, a long letter from a new friend, a homemade postcard, a quick note from a close friend. If it speaks from the sender's heart, then it's sure to touch mine.

I'm a sincere believer in random acts of kindness and I send out lots of "happy mail" to folks in the military and random strangers. I'm 56 years old, happily married, have 2 grown daughters and 2 large dogs. (I apologize for any random dog fur that may end up in your package. I hate the stuff so I try hard not to force it on others!) We live out in the country in a log cabin we built ourselves. I work in the Children's Room of our local library and run a women's book discussion group.

I suffer from depression and I'm trying hard to gain control of my life. I recently started a blog to chart my progress.

Things that I would love to receive: black tea (plain or flavored, in wrappers), small, pierced earrings, and address labels.

About Those Ones

I was very active in Swap-bot a few years ago and had lots of fun. Then I lost my internet connection due to computer issues and some swaps went out late. I tried very hard to make good on every swap I signed up for but a few people have since left Swap-Bot and haven't responded to my inquiries. I even went so far as to contact them through their websites, but got no response. In good faith, I didn't mark those swaps as sent. Now that I can do nothing about them, I've decided to archive them. It was not -and never will be - my intention to flake on a swap.

Hobbies & Interests

Other than reading, swapping, and snail mail, my main hobby is geocaching, although I like letterboxing more. (Unfortunately there aren't very many letterboxes in my area.) I enjoy writing and journaling, doodling and other forms of self-expression. I like doing Sudoku puzzles but I stink at crosswords. I love nature and living out in the country! I also enjoy walking, gardening, cooking, and birdwatching. I took ballroom dancing lessons until the instructor moved away. I like to think and daydream but I also like to spend time with friends.

Favorite Books

I love to read, though a lot of my reading these days is online. The last few years I've challenged myself to read 50 books a year. (I would probably read more if I weren't such a slow reader.) Contemporary literature, mysteries, young adult novels, creative nonfiction, historical fiction, if it’s interesting, I’ll read it! Some recent favorites include Room, by Emma Donoghue, The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, Winter Garden, by Kristen Hannah, and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I like books that are memorable or make me think.

Magazines! I love magazines. I'm still searching for one that encompasses all my interests. Until I find it, I read articles from a wide assortment of publications: Writer's Digest, Outside, More, Discover, AARP the Magazine, Hobby Farm Home, Men's Journal,Smithsonian.... I tend not to like women's mags as they focus too much on fashion, hair, makeup, and dieting. Tell me something I don't know. Expand my horizons.

Postcards & Correspondence

I used to have many penpals but then life got busy and I had to give it up. I miss those letters! Life is still busy but I've compromised by joining a Yahoo group that exchanges postcards. I've discovered that the focus for many of my postcard pals is the view on the card. They are collecting views. My focus is on connecting with people. Yes, the view can be interesting, but I'm more concerned with what you have to say. How do you express yourself? An extension of this is homemade postcards. The sender uses both words and images to give the recipient a peek into who they are. I think homemade postcards are very interesting and would love to find some in my mailbox.

Favorite Crafts

Hmmm.... What do I say here? I used to be a Girl Scout leader and working in the Children's Room I have done many crafts over the years. I'm working on a memory book (sort of like a scrapbook) for my youngest daughter. I have boxes and bins FULL of craft supplies but I really don't do any crafts on my own. I LOVE all the specialty papers that are out there and compulsively buy them. Likewise with markers and gel pens. Recently I bought strings of beads that were on sale; maybe I'll get together with a friend and eventually make earrings with her. Colors & textures are definitely my weakness! I don't knit or crochet so I avoid the yarn aisles!


bionicrobyn rated for Wreck This Journal on Oct 26, 2013
Comment: Received my journal after a comedy of errors...thank you so much for your persistence I love the prompts in the journal! Happy swap page:)
Response: I'm so glad that I was finally able to get the journal to you and that it didn't disappoint. Thanks for your understanding.
KatrinaAlana rated for Follow me #12 on Oct 3, 2013
Comment: Thank you so much!
Peachapatchi rated for What are you reading #5? on Sep 25, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, I like the stamps too, I don't think I've seen those ones before.
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the nice rating.
moxsapphir rated for What are you reading #5? on Sep 25, 2013
Comment: I love my Raccoon PC! Glass Castle sounds very deep. Loved the stamps also.
Response: I'm glad the card was a hit! The Glass Castle wasn't a difficult read but it was fascinating & engaging. Thanks for the heart.
aurelas rated for Follow me #12 on Sep 10, 2013
lob rated for Chunk O Cardboard Intl - July 2013 on Sep 9, 2013
Comment: Good choice by your daughter! We love oreos, too! We don't buy them as often in Sweden, because they cost alot more here compared to the US. Thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful sea stickers and bookmarks, and funny letter! Have a great day :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Millia rated for Interest me in a new book No. 3 on Aug 31, 2013
Comment: Oh your letter was so lovely! Thank you for the book page (the book seemed really fascinating: perhaps I'll read it myself some day!) and the tea (I love the scent of it) and the letter, which was absolutely wonderful .)
Response: Oh! I'm so glad you liked it! I finished the book and enjoyed it quite a bit. If you think we have anything in common, feel free to write back. Enjoy the tea!
feverfawn rated for Cup of tea for you and me USA 3 on Aug 28, 2013
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: Thanks for rating. I appreciate the heart.
Comment: Thank you for your PC. It's funny:))
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the "Happy Mail"! Love it! :-)
Response: Wonderful! Thanks for the heart.
Snoskimouse rated for Interest me in a new book No. 3 on Aug 22, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap, your book really does have an intriguing premise- I've always wondered about that kind of temptation when working in a postal place ^^ Thank you also for the tea & pretty sugar packets :D (it is always exciting getting sugar sachets!) I enjoyed reading your note~ sounds like you've had your hands full in the library recently, I'll be starting my course in 3 weeks.. I'm nervous but also really excited! Thanks again :3
Response: I'm glad I had those pretty sugar packets to send & that you enjoyed my swap. Thanks for the heart. Good luck in your course work & happy reading.
kinseycat rated for Simple Pleasures Postcard Swap on Aug 21, 2013
Comment: thank you so much for the super cute postcard! :) i love it!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it so much. Thanks for the heart.
Stacy rated for Simple Pleasures Postcard Swap on Aug 19, 2013
Comment: Great homemade PC. I love it! What is a katydid? You seem to eat so healthy! Way better than I could ever hope to eat! Thanks for a fun swap!
Response: Ha! I try for healthy but don't always make it. Today I had a Jimmy Dean breakfast biscuit & blueberry pie for breakfast! Glad you liked the postcard. I love homemade postcards! Would you like to engage in a homemade postcard correspondence? Katydids are related to grasshoppers & crickets and make a chirping that sounds like their name. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! I love it!
Response: Glad to hear the items were a hit. :-) Thanks for the nice rating.
smadronia rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Aug 2013 on Aug 17, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the tea cardboard! I used to drink a lot of Red Rose when I was in college, I collected the figurines
Response: I have quite a few of those Red Rose tea figurines as well. Thanks for rating.
First78 rated for Easy Newbie Swap #3 on Aug 16, 2013
Comment: Loved this swap, thank-you so much for the wonderful postcards!! :)
Response: I'm glad you like what I sent. Thanks for the nice rating & heart.
mojojo rated for Tea Time Dara Seans #2 on Aug 16, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the nice teas! I can't wait to try them! I LOVED the envelope. Too cute :)
Response: Thanks for the nice rating & heart. Enjoy the teas.
marles rated for A Card to Bring a Smile on Aug 12, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the great card. I've been to Alaska twice. The jokes were great and I look forward to drinking the tea.
Response: Thanks for the heart. I'm glad you enjoyed the card & tuck-ins.
megankayden rated for Happy Mail *Newbie Friendly* on Aug 12, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the stickers and goodies.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for rating.

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Stacy on Aug 19, 2013:

Oh YEAH! And thank you so much for the extra PC (a random act of kindness). SWEET! Is that your puppy in the picture?? He is SMILING at Vern!

Stacy on Aug 19, 2013:

Of course I'd like to send homemade PCs back 'n' forth. Keep your eyes on your mailbox. I will be sending very soon! We must be soul sisters because sausage and pie sounds like a perfectly reasonable breakfast to me! ANY day of the week, baby!

Pawprints on Aug 16, 2013:

ahhh I'm sorry! Ignore my previous comment. I mixed the cards up. I feel silly now.

On to your real comment. Thank you so much for sending back my postcards for the send it back pc swap. Cute writing you did for the lady in the dress. :)

Pawprints on Aug 16, 2013:

Thank you so much for the postcard! I love it. I've never been to San Francisco but I'd love to go one day. Did you get to ride on one of their trolleys that you see on tv? Aw panda is a cute name

ARTG33K74 on Jun 4, 2013:

Ha ha! I played the original version of "Oregon Trail" ☺ Before color monitors, too.

rinfrog on Jan 30, 2011:

Just wanted to say "Hi" and thank you for joining my zentangle bookmark swap! I took a ballroom dance lesson and had so much fun...you should deffinitly give it a try :)

colodad on Jan 24, 2011:

Thanks for the postcard from the Tag Through the Alphbet -US only. Great recycled envelope too!

colleenwalsh67 on Apr 9, 2009:

I almost forgot! Love the vintage card!!!!
Thank you!!

ButterflyPrincess on Feb 27, 2009:


naomip on Feb 19, 2009:

Thanks for joining the flamingo postcard swap. it should be fun! Naomi

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