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KarenFife

KarenFife
Date Joined: January 12, 2018
Last Online: August 5, 2021
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States

THINGS ABOUT ME: Hello! I live in Michigan and love it, even the winters. I am an extreme introvert, but I care deeply about the people in my life.

MUSIC: Classical, New Age, and Easy Listening, 70's and 80's music, but I will listen to all types.

BOOKS: I read about 60 books a year (it was 100 before I retired!), mostly series mysteries such as Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries, Peter Robinson, J. D. Robb, and many British detective series. My favorite recent book is The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel.

MOVIES: Happy endings like Gifted, McFarland USA, Rudy, Letters to Juliette, The Age of Adeline, and dark suspenseful thrillers like Suburbia, Sanctum, and Perfect Getaway. Recent movies I’ve been recommending are Just Mercy and Dark Waters. Both are powerful and moving.

TELEVISION: I rarely watch TV, but occasionally watch a series such as Downton Abbey or The Crown. Victoria was wonderful! My favorite older TV series were King of Queens and Cold Case. I’m addicted to Britbox and Acorn for British crime series. Currently enjoy watching the latest season of Shetland.

CRAFTS: Quilting (I’m currently working on a project making blankets and quilts for homeless vets, foster kids and pregnancy resource centers). One more year for me on that project! Finished some long-term quilt appliqué projects during COVID 19.

I love crocheting dishcloths (just for me) but I’m not very good at it. It keeps my arthritic fingers moving!

I make my own body and home care products with essential oils....
painting with acrylics (abstracts or just playing with color)...
making greeting cards occasionally... I also dabble in photography.

I am a retired preschool teacher (two-year-olds). I am married to a retired professor and we love going on road trips. In past summers we took Route 66 to California, toured Yosemite NP and all the major National parks out west. In September 2019 we drove Route 2 from Michigan to Seattle, and through Glacier National Park. From Seattle we took a fabulous cruise to Alaska. It was amazing! We planned more Route 66 and National Parks tour this summer, but had to cancel reservations due to some disabilities my husband has developed. Our wonderful road-touring days are most likely coming to an end. 😪

I love to make postcards now and then, but am trying to retire from paper-crafting and reduce the clutter of collected unused craft supplies that have become overwhelming.

POSTCARD LIKES: Where you live....
big city, small town or village and LARGE LETTER cities, ....
day or night city skylines.
Tourist type, especially if they are of uncommon places.
I would love to receive map postcards or any touristy postcards of Route 66, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Connecticut, and National Parks. I appreciate quirky tourist postcards and off-the-main-road places and towns. I prefer postcards not be handmade unless swap is specifically for homemade PCs. Same for greeting cards, but I will not rate down for nice handmade. I prefer a photo please, if possible instead of drawings or cartoons

I prefer my postcards NAKED unless the swap requires an envelope, but I’ll leave that up to the sender.

I read the Profile of everyone I send to before sending. I almost always give hearts because I appreciate the effort that goes into a swap. I spend time and effort on every swap I send, even postcards, and I try to make it something you will enjoy or will make you smile. I try to be loving, kind, and generous. Only rarely is that not reciprocated or appreciated, but it does happen, again rarely😢.

I swap mostly postcards. Please know that I respect what you have sent and consider it important that you know it has been received. I rate the day I receive or as soon as possible since postcards can easily be misplaced.

I’D RATHER NOT HAVE TO ADD THIS SECTION, BUT.... I’m puzzled by silent 5s and silent hearts. When you click on Rate Your Partner it says to leave a comment. Please do that. Just a brief comment. You can even say you didn’t like it! But I think it is important , and polite, that you acknowledge your partners willingness to take the time to do something for you.

I am very disappointed if I get postcards with worn edges and bent corners. Please save those for the appropriate “get-rid-of-it” Swaps. If you choose to send me worn postcards I will choose to not give a heart.

I’m asking that you please write more than a few words in big letters like (“Happy Swapping” “Hey there” “Be safe”) Please communicate instead. Tell me where you got your postcard. Why you like it. What you are doing today. About your family. Your current plans. Fill that message space up with heartfelt good stuff and you will most likely earn yourself a heart. A few general words and and an address is not heart-worthy to me.

Actually I would prefer Swap-bot get rid of the heart option. Just put the “specialness” in your comments. But since it’s not going away we have to deal with it.

COLORS: Love colors and colorful things. Blacks and grays are cool also. Pale pink will make me super happy.

GENERAL THEMES I LOVE:
squirrels...
sloths...
goats...
chickens...
gnomes...
flowers...
birds...
benches...
chairs...
windows...
doors...
lighthouses...
landscapes...
beaches...
mountains...
moon...
sun...
royalty...
your thoughts ...

TEAS: Any kind or brand, but prefer spicy. Not fond of green or Matcha.

LITTLE THINGS: I really don't need or want tuck-ins. I will not rate down if you don't send them, even if it's a requirement in a swap. I will be happy that you read my profile!!! However, If you feel you must...... Seasonal and holiday stickers are welcome (any time of year). Unused postcards, notecards, sheets of list pads will be used. I have no need for pieces of paper or junky items.

Being retired and losing a few marbles each day means it is easy to overlook something, so please contact me if a swap is not right. If you are sending from the USA and I have not received anything from you or have not been rated by two weeks after the send date, I will send a PM soon.
In this COVID year it sure seems like the postal system has a bad case of it. Mail is just not as dependable as it once was. I am learning waiting and patience through it, and forgiveness as well.

My mail is often picked up as late as 7:30 so the postmark on my mail date may show the following day. I probably will not check a postmark date unless there is something that seems questionable. I am always happy to find your mail in the mailbox.💖📬

Thank all of you great swappers for your nice notes, graciousness, kind comments, and hearts. You make my day and add much joy to my life!

Ratings

AZmom875 rated for Verlin's Birthday Card on Aug 5, 2021
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Comment: Happy Birthday to Verlin!
Dessie0416 rated for 💕Zazzle Postcards #2💕 on Aug 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the PC. I also love back to school sales and when they go on clearance later!
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Comment: That dream sounds so scary, I remember how anxious I would get when my mom would be even a few minutes late picking me up!
Ang rated for Ugly PC Swap #35 on Jul 29, 2021
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Comment: I actually liked the card, but can see how others would find it ugly. I've always liked the morbid/horror/villain type of things anyway.
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Comment: Hi Karen, thanks for the extra sheep PC! I hope you get one back soon. This was my first round. Ive started a few pass and paste ones and collaborative art ones - looking forward to getting some of them back. “May the force be with you”
PrincessLeia rated for Zazzle Postcards on Jul 29, 2021
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Comment: Hi Karen, Thanks for the cool sheepish PC! Do you know what breed of sheep they are? Would they be suffolk? And i hope you have a TURTLEY AWESOME year!
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Comment: Thank you for the nice post cards sent. Unfortunately, I found your letter on my driveway. There was a heavy rainfall the day before, so it was wet. Your tape might have helped the envelope some, but the cards cannot be used. Sorry. I don't recall why your mail was there. Most of my incoming mail was in the house. Perhaps it fell out of a bag, as I carry bags often. I wasn't aware of it. It must be a tale of snail mail adventures.
Response: That’s always disappointing, but still swapping continues on…
CHOWEFACE rated for WIYM: BIRD POSTCARD SWAP on Jul 27, 2021
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Comment: Thank you Karen!
Jangonz rated for CPG July 2021 Senders Choice PC - US on Jul 27, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the PC, Karen. Miami is great, but sometimes you definitely question it (especially during the summer months). I have not been to many National Parks, I would love to get the opportunity to visit a few.
AZmom875 rated for AMMM:Sticker Slapped Postcard on Jul 26, 2021
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Comment: What a fun sticker slapped postcard. Thanks for being in the swap, it was slap happy fun.
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Comment: Your secret is safe with me. Thanks for playing, what a fun swap.
debbiespoms rated for SCATTS - H - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Jul 24, 2021
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Comment: Thank you very much Karen, for the Hippie kid with long hair. I see that more & more anymore. Our neighbors son up the road a way's has really long hair & he will wear it in a ponytail sometimes, ha! This generation is going backwards, ha! Anyhow, Thank you for your answers as well. I enjoyed reading them! Summer here has been challenging for me. My PPMS isn't liking the heat at all, ugh!
Labella79 rated for July babies birthday 🎂 swap on Jul 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so, so much for your great birthday card (and extra postcard), dear Karen. I love the rubberstamps and stickers, too:-) It was so interesting to read about your quilting. I would like to do it myself but I can't sew even the slightest bit...
Risna rated for July 2021 postcard swap - lighthouses on Jul 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for sharing this card with me! I love that lighthouse... and thank you so much for the book recommendation! Take care.
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Comment: Thank you for the great university postcard.
squince rated for PH: Send 3 Touristy Postcards #18 on Jul 20, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the 5 postcards!!
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter! "What She Left Behind" sounds intriguing! I'll add it to my ever-growing list! I just can't seem to catch up with all the good books to be read! A good problem to have, I guess. I usually have at least 3 going--listening to one, reading one on my Kindle, and one or two physical books too. Kinda crazy at times! lol!
Aseret25 rated for SCATTS - G - ROUND 8 - US ONLY on Jul 19, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the Great Lakes postcard - I love that illustration! :)
pinklilly rated for July babies birthday 🎂 swap on Jul 16, 2021
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Comment: Karen thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card!! Yes, I can't believe she did that. I sent her a message but she said she didn't know how to give a heart. I explained to her but nothing happened. I sent her a really nice swap! Happy Birthday!!
mchesser12 rated for PH: Which Wild Animal? on Jul 16, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for the giraffe postcard. I am also short, so I understand your reasoning!! And I love their eyelashes.

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Comments

grammypammy on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card and handmade bookmark. I loved reading what you wrote in the card and it brought tears to my eyes. You blessed and encouraged me and I appreciate you so much!

Hugs,

Pam

Snaileditcrafts on Mar 16, 2020:

Hi Karen, I just sent out the swap, "Easter Card". I hope that it will arrive quickly and safely! Have a very happy Easter! e

FLWAVE on Feb 9, 2020:

Karen, I love the super cute London postcard you sent for the unassigned Jan 2020 Postcard Roulette. That was really thoughtful. Thanks for picking me!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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thisismeAXiD on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

yvonne401 on May 30, 2019:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

simcoe54 on Apr 3, 2019:

Postcard RAK - Received the NYC postcard today in the mail and it is a new one for my collection. Thanks so much!!!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

Gatzcat on Jan 21, 2019:

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Thanks for thinking of me when you sent your unassigned postcard roulette postcard. I really enjoyed your sweet words you sent and receiving your card. When I got it before I even read it, I recognized the handwriting and said out loud, “is that Karen [insert last name]?” I was right! It’s pretty funny that you have my address memorized and I know your handwriting. 😊

MsBellaDonna on Jan 13, 2019:

Thank you for choosing me as your "unassigned partner" for Postcard Roulette January 2019. :) I love the Times Square pc! No snow here either although it is very cold. Can you believe we are almost halfway through January already? I hope this year is off to a happy and healthy start for you!

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