Swap-bot Time: March 28, 2023 11:18 pm


Date Joined: January 18, 2012
Last Online: October 4, 2022
Birthday: September 11
Country: United States
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About Me


March 2014: Because of the pneumonia with my COPD flare-up I am still in the hospital on oxygen, antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments. I WILL send out my swaps when I am capable. Thank you SO MUCH for your patience and understanding. I appreciate it very much.

February 2014: I am having low oxygen again so I'm on oxygen and monitoring in the hospital.

January 2014: I have pneumonia again so I'm in and out of the hospital.

12th December 2013: My insurance company has dropped me due to my recent healh issues. I am filing an appeal and filing for a different insurance company now. They not only canceled my coverage, but they also have denied coverage for ALL of my NEW and recent conditions, treatments, hospitalizations, medications, etc. I have to back pay approximately $100,000 in medical expenses. I will not be financially able to support swapping via swap-bot for a long time. If I can join postcard swaps since I have postcards and stamps already bought I may do that. I have never been in a lower place in my life...

11th November 2013: I have been diagnosed with COPD. I don't know how to deal with this, especially since I have never smoked. I am seeking a 2nd opinion, even though I saw my test results which were extremely clear that I do not have asthma at all, I have a chronic pulmonary disorder, which has been diagnosed as COPD. I am still in and out of the hospital at this point but at least I have a diagnosis and can seek proper treatment from this point forward to keep my oxygen levels up and my illnesses (bronchitis and pneumonia) to a minimum.

1st November 2013: I am having another asthma attack and I am back in the hospital. My lungs never healed from the first asthma attack he said and the cold weather and my cats made it flare up. I am so stressed beyond belief and so sick of being in the hospital and sick of being SICK! I am so depressed and I'm supposed to start a new job on Monday. I can't handle all of this. I'm too young for this. It makes me wonder what my future will be like. :( And I am letting down all of my swappers. I promise I will make it up big time to each and every one of you! :D

17th October 2013: My intestinal surgery yesterday went well. I am having pain and nausea but hopefully these symptoms will subside before my next surgery. : \

13th October 2013: I am having yet another intestinal surgery this Wednesday October 16th. Should only be one more surgery for now, after this upcoming one, let's hope so anyway.

19th September 2013: I have been experiencing complications (internal infections with painful and aggravating symptoms) from my surgeries and have been in and out of the hospital the past few days, which is not over. I am seeing one of my 3 surgeons again on Monday. I am sorry for any delays. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

9th September 2013: I have finally returned home from the hospital this evening! Let's hope I don't end up back in again. I have very strict diet restrictions as well as physical activity restrictions which is a real bummer since I love hiking so much. Ugh, it will have to wait. I'll miss my birthday on Wednesday and my 10 year high school class reunion this weekend because of this. Oh well, who wants to be 29 anyway? :P I will send out my swaps as soon as I possibly can. I sent out some from the hospital already with the help of my family.

5th September 2013: I had another surgery this morning. I had more stones removed from my pancreatic duct, bile duct, and my small intestine as well as large amounts of sludge. I also had stents placed in my pancreatic and bile ducts. I have also developed Pneumonia in my right lung from my hospital stays (lack of activity plus numerous surgeries and treatments and medications) as well as other complications. Because of the 2nd operation and the Pneumonia I will be in the hospital longer than expected. My dad is checking on my kitties every day, whom I miss so dearly and can not wait to make this up to them. I will have my dad also bring my mail to me tomorrow so I can at least catch up on rating my swap partners. I mean, what else am I going to do in this hospital bed? :)

1st September 2013: Believe it or not, I am admitted to the hospital AGAIN, and so soon! I had an emergency Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) and had several pancreatic stones removed this morning. All while I'm still recovering from my severe asthma attack. Luckily this part of the body heals faster than the lungs do so even though there was invasive surgery involved I should mend fairly quickly. My surgeon said he has been removing about 115 gallbladders a year for many many years and he has never seen one ruptured this badly with so many pancreatic stones while I'm still alive. A team of surgeons observed my case and my operations, how exciting. God definitely had a hand in this and I am forever grateful. My mission on this Earth is not complete and it's time to start living my life for Him more now than ever before. I'm listening God, I'll spread the word! :D I should be in the hospital through the end of this week and will send out my swaps as soon as I possibly can. Thank you again for your understanding. I REALLY appreciate it! :)

27th August 2013: I have caught up on swaps from my hospital stay for my severe asthma attack. I am so glad to be home again with my precious kitties but full recovery will take some time. :D

18th August 2013: I am currently admitted in the hospital for chronic bronchitis and severe asthma (I'm not even a smoker--not that I judge, I grew up on a very dusty farm though). I may be late on rating received swaps. I have personally informed all swap partners & swap coordinators. This serves as a reminder. Thank you so much for your understanding.

I live in Southern Illinois in my spacious new home. I really love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I grew up out in the country on my family's 300 acre farm, the simple life. I graduated high school with 35 classmates, whom I am still in close contact with. I wouldn't change a thing.

I have lived here all my life but I plan to do a lot of traveling soon. I'll settle back in the Midwest when I feel I've accomplished my mission.

Crafting has been a Godsend for me, it's a fantastic stress reliever from my job. Swap-Bot has been SO MUCH fun and I love hosting and participating in various types of swaps.

If you do not receive a swap from me in a timely manner, please let me know and I will most definitely be happy to re-send your swap package! :D I only send brand new items, items that always match my swap partner's profile, bonus items, and always a letter or note included. I have had some FANTASTIC and very grateful swap partners! :) Additionally, I have had some really AWESOME swap partners from whom I have received items. Some swappers really know how to warm your heart!



  • Flavored Green Teas - LOVE LOVE LOVE it! :D

  • Regional/Local flavored teas (regional to the departure country)

  • Loose teas


  • Pomegranate flavored teas

  • Mango flavored teas

  • Caffeine-free tea {herbal teas are ok--herbal is not actually a tea leaf at all (it's natural herbs). Caffeine-free tea leaf teas have chemicals which I do not like the taste of}

Favorite Supplies

I will absolutely LOVE any bonus items received, such as extra ribbons or charms or beads! Some things in particular that I love:

  • Sheets of fabric (no smaller than 12 or 18 inches, the bigger the better!)

  • Headband embellishments

  • Jewelry-making pieces/parts/charms

  • Necklace/bracelet threads, leathers, metals, etc. for the actual neclace portion

  • Beads

  • Earrings, or earring parts


Of course I appreciate any gifts received, but these are pretty common sense no-no's that I'll mention:

  • Political themed items

  • Celebrity themed items

  • Junk mail

  • Kawaii themed items

  • Scrapbooking scraps (cut up pieces)

  • Tiny unusable shreds of paper

  • Loose/Single playing cards

  • Dark themed items (skulls, death, blood, etc.)

  • Broken charms, beads, gifts, etc. (I don't mean broken in transit, that is completely understandable!)


I like the following styles:

  • Green is my favorite color, in any shade that doesn't remind us of being sick (you know what I mean!) such as olive green. I like kelly green, turquoise, lime, seafoam green, you get it. All but olive or other icky brown-toned shades of green.

  • Bold bright colors (Really anything that has a great color combination, like teal/pink and brown, or red and black, or purple and blue, etc.)

  • Nature themed items

  • Outdoors themed items

  • Bohemian themed items

  • Animal themed items (my favorities are cats, birds or giraffes but I love all animals)

  • Beach themed items

  • Whimsical things


I absolutely LOVE receiving postcards in the mail, it's my new fave here on Swap-Bot. I especially LOVE receiving the following types of postcards:

  • HANDMADE! Anything that you have drawn yourself, your own art work, your own crafty creativity, anything you have done yourself will be much more appreciated than a store-bought card.

  • Well decorated postcards. Even a store bought card can be spruced up with all kinds of deco such as glitter glue, foam stickers, regular stickers, deco tape, ribbons, use your imagination & above all have FUN with it!

My Pets

I have 3 cats: a 12 yr old medium-haired tortico (Calico/Tabby mix) named Muffin, a 12 yr old tuxedo printed Maine Coon named Diamond, and a 7 year old Ginger Tabby named Clawdia.

Diamond is SUPER playful and SUPER needy for attention and SUPER talkative, like an ADHD kitty. Diamond is more like a dog in personality because of his Maine Coon breed. Diamond has survived 2 house fires with his sister and littermate Moonshine who lives with my dad.

Muffin is also playful but on her own terms, she sleeps a lot but loves cuddles and brushings and belly rubs. Muffin's markings are incredibly beautiful. I tell her every single day. :)

I just got a third cat named Clawdia. She used to be agressive and unfriendly in her old home with 3 young and rough boys and another independent female cat. Since she's been in my home with my 2 peaceful kitties and my quiet home she is a complete 180! She is super sweet to people and plays with my cats as well. She is in a home where she is loved and cared for and has her own privacy at the same time. She is SO happy here :)

All 3 of my kitties get along very well. They like to look out the same window together. They like most toys, especially long fluffy or string-like things or anything with a rattle or catnip inside.

I also have 1 millipede named Lily. She hides under her substrate 99% of the time but will come out to climb for visitors :)

I also have lots of freshwater fish including a few different breeds of Bettas and a school of piranhas.

I had several hermit crabs until last week when the last one passed away. I plan to get another one soon. I also had several Avicularia Versicolor Tarantulas in college (or Antilles Pinktoe-- that's the common name for the breed). I have had 5 of the same breed, as they are absolutely gorgeous and change colors throughout their lives.

Flakers & Bad Swappers

It is very unfortunate that a community set out to be fun and happy has come to this, but it is only fair for other honest and fun swappers to be forewarned before they are burned by these flakers or swappers who rate poorly or complain when you go above and beyond and over-the-top to provide a personalized perfect swap package for them.


reauk rated for winter socks 1 on May 20, 2014
Comment: if I recive will rerate
davinci1331 rated for My playlist in June 2013 on Apr 1, 2014
Comment: Sorry for the unbelievably late rating. Thank you!
liveve308 rated for Meow-intine =^~^= on Mar 21, 2014
Comment: EDIT: I did message you, the last one was on March 18 and it's still unread so... I will change the rating once I receive something. Hopefully you'll feel better soon! --- I get that you're in the hospital a lot but it's been ages and you've already promised to resend once when you got the first one back (you said that my address had gotten ripped off and that you'd resend but you couldn't get Valentines items.... why not just resend the original if it was just my address torn off?) and I haven't heard fom you after 20th of Feb even though you've been online after that :/
Response: I am still in the hospital and unable to send packages through the mail, as they must be weighed and I need to purchase replacement items from the postal service damage. As soon as I get home I plan to re-package for you. It was not just the address. The items were crushed and the contents bent up. I would like to send you a proper and appropriate quality package, THIS is the reason for the wait while I'm here. I do not send low quality swap packages and I pride myself in that. Please send a message to me in the future, as I am doing the very best I can to follow through with the swaps I signed up for prior to being hospitalized, as I am very weak and I'm sleeping a lot right now, which is absolutely completely out of my control.
jamicam rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2013 on Feb 28, 2014
Comment: What a happy surprise to get your postcard :) Loved it!
Havfrue rated for Quick Swap #4 on Feb 22, 2014
Comment: Such a cute, tiny vintage card! Thank you, Megan!
rilakkumasensei rated for Quick Swap #5 on Feb 20, 2014
Comment: Cool card! Thank you.
evieroz rated for WPS - Lighthouse Postcard on Feb 11, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I hope you are recovering fast.
Papergirl46 rated for Vintage Postcards - Beaches on Feb 5, 2014
Comment: Thank you
widelo123 rated for Simple Notecard Swap on Feb 5, 2014
Comment: Megan, Thank you for the notecard and the postcards of a lighthouse. Shirley
bacchus716 rated for Postcard with a RECIPE on Jan 27, 2014
Comment: The jalapeño poppers sound so delicious. I'm down definitely going to try them :)
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and for your understanding :)
turtlelady45 rated for Orange for October on Dec 19, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas items you sent in place of the 'Orange for October Swap.' I especially like the penguin!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and for your understanding :)
mmilesesq rated for Note Card Swap on Dec 7, 2013
Comment: Catching up on ratings...thanks for the lovely cards and the extra!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart :) Happy Holidays!
snowy652 rated for sticker sheets 2x2 on Nov 12, 2013
Comment: Fabulous. Thank you
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart :) I'm glad you liked them! Happy Holidays!
atlantian rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Sep 2013 on Nov 10, 2013
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart :) Happy Holidays!
passionswirls rated for Simple Tea Swap on Nov 9, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the tea :D
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart :) Happy Holidays!
Comment: Thanks very much for the PC. Looks like the kind of place I would like to eat. Hope you are feeling better and recovering quickly.
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and your understanding while I am ill :) Happy Holidays!
digitalmaven rated for Vintage Postcards - Aviation on Nov 8, 2013
Response: Thank you so much for the rating :) Happy Holidays!
Comment: thanks for resending.....got it!
Response: I'm so glad! Thank you for your patience and understanding. Happy swapping!
lexfrog rated for WPS - Fall Postcard on Nov 8, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the card - what a beautiful scene!
Response: Thank you so much for the rating and the heart :) Happy Holidays!

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emilynhr on Oct 30, 2014:

dabellaraquella on Aug 5, 2014:

Hi, hope you are doing well. Because you have not been online for almost 2 months, I need to remove you from Tea is Love group. If you come back more active, and you have have made waves to correct your 1 ratings, I would be happy to have you back with us!

PS. Prayers for a (more) speedy recovery. Get well soon.

liveve308 on Mar 24, 2014:

I did send you a message that I'm going to rate you.... it's still unread. I appreciate that you want to send quality swaps and I get that you're in the hospital, BUT! You were online earlier and never read my message OR inform me about the swap. What would you do? I asked around on the forum what people think I should do and they agreed that a 1 is appropriate at this time, I will change the rating when I receive the swap!

marinda on Jan 6, 2014:

Keep your chin up, sweetie! Sending love your way! I hope things look up soon.

Castlequeen on Oct 18, 2013:

I'm glad to know the surgery went well for you. Rest easy and feel better soon! ~Rosalie

LainieO on Aug 14, 2013:

How fun!!! I get to mail to you again in Color Swap...green goodies on there way to you this week!

abbyaguas on Jun 30, 2013:

Thank you for joining Random Postcard Swap #19

nothinbutgravy on Mar 19, 2013:

Hi Irish Red :) I just wanted to say hello and see how you were doing. I had you for a partner last May for a tea swap, but have only been on swap-bot a handful of times since then. Just wanted to say hi from one Illinois gal to another :)

daichki on Mar 1, 2013:

Thank you for joining my swap!

dalbright on Dec 10, 2012:

You’re invited! Come de-clutter your desk with us once again!? Desk Declutter #8

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