Swap-bot Time: July 17, 2024 9:26 pm


Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: July 15, 2024
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States

About Me

Nov. 2020: I'm back on Swap-Bot after several years off. Not much of anything below has changed!

I'm a writer and editor and only use my cell phone for texting friends. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, trying new things, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden or gazing at my houseplants.

I also love travelling -- so far, I've been to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, and China (twice!). Not much travelling in the US, though: New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, California, and Las Vegas. Hubby and I have a tuxedo rescue kitty named Jasper, no kids.

Apparently "rhino" has a political meaning, but that is not why it's my user name -- I just mean the animal. I really like rhinos, but I love badgers!

Oh yeah, and I think puns are awesome.

Favorite Books

I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), and romance. I prefer fiction that has a sense of humor -- not a fan of "women's fiction" or weepies.

Some authors I love are C.S. O'Cinneide, Naomi Novik, Cat Sebastian, Tessa Dare, Dorothy Sayers, Gregory Maguire, Jackson Ford, P.G. Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde, Tim Moore, Ian Rankin, Ellis Peters, Gerald Durrell, and Terry Tempest Williams.

I read a teeny bit of fantasty: Kristin Cashore and Melissa Caruso.

David Harsent and Kim Addonizio are my favorite contemporary poets.

I read a lot and can easily read a book in a day. The public library is my friend.

Favorite Crafts

I'm a writer, not an artist, but I've started making ATCs, art journals, and zines. I love exploring this new form of expression and creativity. It's really fun!

I do yoga and take ballet class over Zoom. I love modern dance, and the Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite dance company.

I play bass (guitar), a teeny bit of lap dulcimer, and I'm slowly teaching myself to play Renaissance music on the mandolin.

I used to knit a lot, but now I just have a lot of yarn, hah.

Favorite Music

I listen to music every single day. Right now, lots of jazz, world music, and top 40, but also stuff like David Bowie, Living Colour, Honey Honey, and Bad Joanie.

Favorite Food

I like everything, and love trying new flavors. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts and also has celiac disease, so if you send me any recipes, please make sure they don't call for wheat flour or peanuts.


I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I like tourist postcards, scenery, animals, famous authors or musicians, all types of art images (especially tilework and Islamic art). Cutsey is not usually my thing, although one of the things I like about Swap-bot is seeing what different people like to send, so if that's what you're longing to send, go for it! No crude, violent, or sexual images, though.


Comment: Thank you for the pressed penny and coin. ❤️♥️❤️
denisedecker58 rated for Books! Books! & more BOOKS! on Jun 4, 2024
Comment: Great list of books Janet! Thank you! I'm going to check some of them out!
mejulia rated for Books! Books! & more BOOKS! on May 28, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the recommendations. The non/fiction memoirs sounds especially interesting.
Response: They are all really good!
mspandatrain rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #16 on Apr 27, 2024
Comment: Hola Janet! WOW, can't wait to try the Butter Tarts and the recipe doesn't look too complicated! I also love your state stationary, it was so pretty. Gotta love that we "meet again!" Hugs!
mle rated for 2024 Recipe Swap #16 on Apr 24, 2024
Comment: The butter tarts look delicious!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely nice long letter with the fun little stickers to make it so nice! I enjoyed hearing all about the Art Exhibit. It sounded so interesting!
mchesser12 rated for PH: World Postcard Day #3 on Oct 4, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful Newport Bridge postcard. I love the rainbow!
monsbrick rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R85 on Sep 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you Janet this is an neat journal!
MissBrenda rated for Wreck this Composition Book #4 on Aug 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you for your adaptation of the wrecked journal. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to use it..... Have a magickal day and happy swapping.....
suepier rated for Places I Want to Go Postcard on Aug 4, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the special postcard from the synagogue. I love these cards. Also thank you for sharing the places that you want to go.
Response: You're welcome! I thought you'd apreciate the postcard of Touro.
USAFwife rated for ILB: questionnaire swap on Jul 27, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for your letter! :) It just arrived and I'm still reading it, but wanted to rate before I forget. :)
marclively rated for CH: 3 Coins/3 Countries #3 on Jul 19, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much, Janet!
Fuchsi rated for ILB: Notepaper letter on Jul 12, 2023
Comment: Dear Janet, thank you very much for your letter and the diffrent notepapers. This was an awesome swap! XD I like Dresden in winter, when it's mostly chilling, but sometimes snowing, while the current weather with 93 F is far too hot for me to feel comfortable. ^.^ I have to confess I haven't heard of the wildfires in Canada before, but your letter made me google it and I was shocked to see. I hope things will get under control quickly, but the damage is still depressing. - Have a wonderful summertime and a good week! Yours, Maxi
Mamabemus rated for CH: Pressed Penny + a Coin #7 on Jul 6, 2023
Comment: thanks for the great coin and penny. also thanks for the author recommendation.
monsbrick rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R82 on Jun 28, 2023
Comment: Arrived today. Fun to see all the different art styles and techniques!
JustSmurfie rated for What's for dinner? Postcard #2 on May 31, 2023
Comment: My boyfriend has celiac disease and aldi gluten free pizza is one of his favorites too!
carterj rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #345 on May 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing you weekend with me!
debbiespoms rated for What's for dinner? Postcard #2 on May 24, 2023
Comment: Hi there Janet! I received your Postcard today and Thanks for the Hatchet Cactus. I love Cactus plants. They're easier to care for than regular plants. Anyway, The dinner you had of Pizza from Aldi's, I get our pizzas from there as well. I like them better than other frozen pizzas. Esp. Toni's, yuck! I love the Cole slaw too, yum! You're making me hungry and it's 5 hours before dinner, ha ! Thanks for sharing about your dinner.
mary17 rated for Virtual tourists #1 on May 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for lovely swap, I really enjoyed reading your itinerary of my local area. I’m am lucky to live in a great area. I must say you have very pretty hand writing. ❤️
Rrush19 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R80 on May 1, 2023
Comment: I love how you made the book. Very nice paper ❤️

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simcoe54 on Sep 18, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

Fritosmom on Dec 26, 2021:

Merry Christmas -opened your pkg yesterday. Thank you for Walk in My Combat Boots by J. Patterson & M. Eversmann. One of my favorite authors & great subject. Happy New Year!

yvonne401 on Dec 9, 2021:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!



ladydy5 on May 26, 2021:

Welcome to our group artistically inclined! Fun group.

Drachenfrau on Mar 17, 2021:

I'm in love with your beautiful Haiku on the frog-postcard! Thank you so much!!! ❤️

sammieianime on Aug 2, 2014:

Im glad you enjoyed the Mark Twain Quotes :D I was watching an old award show for Ellen and it was the Mark Twain Prize (some award). I thought Mark Twain had some neat quotes. I have done John Wayne, Dr. Suess and now Mark Twain....who will be next lol. Only the Sammie knows lol. Im sorry your partner flaked. However, I am glad I got to send you some quotes :D hehe. Hugs :D

arianneroxa on May 3, 2014:

Awh! I'm so glad that you liked the postcard that I sent, and I'm even happier to see that you'll be in a few of my upcoming swaps. :) Thanks so much for being such a great swapper. xo Arianne

FrancescaP on Jan 29, 2014:

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the fantastic teas, I received them yesterday and you truly made my day! It's the first time I see my name on the packages, it's such a sweet idea... I'm humbled by your generosity, thanks a million!!!

Havfrue on Oct 5, 2013:

Thank you so much for the Harrier Beecher Stowe postcard that you sent me. I am so happy!!!

lorettadog on Sep 18, 2013:

Thank you for participating in my very first swap! :o)

Sandy :o)

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