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RiverTopanga

RiverTopanga
Date Joined: January 21, 2017
Last Online: May 19, 2022
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I'm Leslie.

11/17/21: Get ready swappers! Found this article "USPS plans price hikes two times a year starting in 2023"

https://www.linns.com/news/postal-updates/usps-plans-price-hikes-two-times-a-year-starting-in-2023


Please be sure to Rate.

4/22/22: have been having several health issues on top of my back issues. I have developed a trigger thumb which is very painful - even with a brace. I have also started having falls. My leg is buckling under me, and I crumple to the ground. There is no warning. I fell in a restaurant, and at home yesterday. I may have broken my big toe. Please forgive me if I rate or respond to ratings a little slower than usual. I promise I will get my swaps out on time as usual, or notify you if there is a reason I can't. I hope everyone else is having a wonderful post-Easter experience. πŸ˜€πŸ°

1/23/22: UPDATE - This year has been difficult to date. Several bad things have happened. A. Several friends in the next community came down with COVID. B: The grandson of a friend was sentenced to jail time. C: My sister's husband passed away. D: A friend of 26 years passed away. E: Found out one of my cousins is in stage 4 renal failure. F: Another cousin has brain damage from a car accident last summer. G: A 3rd cousin has "LONG COVID" H: My Fibromyalgia is giving me trouble, and I am having a lot of trouble sleeping.

My swaps have Not been affected.
I am still on target with all send dates.
This month, I have been a couple days late rating at times, but I am up to date on all ratings at this moment.

12/28/21: my son and his g.f. had 3 flights out of Florida canceled in 2 days. Needless to say, I'm behind in my ratings of received swaps...honestly, haven't opened mail in about 3 days. Please be patient. I will get to it as soon as we have seen them on their way 😲 Thank you! πŸ™‚ they are home and ratings are up to date.

11/15/21: I have officially hosted 100 swaps! Isn't swapping great? I've met so many new friends, it's fantastic!

10/18/21: Amazing! I have completed 1001 swaps as of today.... WOW!

I LOVE 🐌🐌 mail! Finding something other than a bill in my mailbox, it really makes my day!

If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know before you rate. I have not missed a swap deadline to date, and will always message you if I think it will be late. In fact, I usually have swaps ready to go a few days after they are assigned. I will wait, however until a few days before swap deadline to send if you have not sent yours to your partner. When putting outgoing mail in the mailbox, I will not mark sent until the postman has picked it up.

PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know.

LIKES/DISLIKES

Colors: I love all shades of purple, Jewel Tones and bright colors. Not fond of pastels.

I have a beautiful Cockatiel named Kohi no Karemu. Coffee and Cream in Japanese. She is a beautiful buff color as opposed to the normal white. She has the orange cheeks and some gorgeous yellow tail feathers (see my Avatar). Unlike females of other bird species, the female cockatiel cannot talk or imitate other sounds (like whistling tunes). This does not keep her from letting me know what she wants! If I am cooking or crafting, she has to have her nosey little beak right beside me to let me know if she approves or not 🦜. She also loves it when I bring her cage out to the table on the deck for breakfast. If it's raining, she makes a stink about not going out. She also greets us vocally before we even come in the door, if we have been out. She is a great companion, and cheers me up immensely when I am down. πŸ’œ I wish I could put a vest on her and make her my companion animal.

I was a Lead Investigator in a paranormal group in Nebraska (Great Plains Supernatural Investigations) for several years before I moved to Florida. We all loved doing investigations, and listening to the evening's recordings can be tedious, but when you find something... WOW!

Rating: please be thoughtful when rating. If your partner sent you 3 things pertaining to a swap theme, when they only needed to send one, or sent some extras that your profile says you like, be kind...rate with a heart. Don't you want to to make someone's day?? πŸ’š

POSTCARDS: if you want a 🧑 from me, please write more than a word or three on a postcard swap you send to me. I would like to hear about you - your likes/dislikes, your day, the weather in your area, your pet, your craft faves, fave TV or movies, your fave quote,, anything that's on your mind.... Sending me a postcard that only says... "Happing swapping" or "Have a nice day" for example, will not prompt me to give a heart rating.

FAMILY

My 90 yr old mother lives with me. She still has her license (but doesn't drive here in Florida), and makes friends easily.

My son and his girlfriend just moved to NY City! Hooray!!! Now we are on the same coast!

Favorite Crafts

For Crafts, I am a long-time stamper and scrapbooker. I used to make full size Pocket Letters - i rarely do those now, they are very time consuming.

I can do most crafts, however, I have not yet been able to get the hang of sewing, crocheting, or knitting... but I would still like to learn someday.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I am an amateur photographer. I use a point and shoot camera, and have gotten some great pictures! I mostly photograph nature. Plants, birds, dragonflies, butterflies. People are okay, but to me, they spoil a nice scene more often than not!! That includes pics of me. I'm not a selfie fan, and I usually don't want to be in a pic when I'm traveling...I know what I look like!! I want to remember where I've been πŸ˜‰

I have found my inner artist from being on swap sites. It's exciting to be challenged like this!

FAVORITE BOOKS and MUSIC

My all time favorite books...

  1. Martians Go Home

  2. The Disc World series by Terry Prachett

  3. The Harry Potter Series

  4. A book from childhood... The Diamond in the Window.

  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (any LMA book, truth be told)

  6. The Golden Compass trilogy

MUSIC

I really love almost any music. Depends on my mood as to what I listen to.

Classical: Rachmaninoff, Bach, Schubert 40s-80s Grateful Dead John Denver Jimmy Buffet Lulu Bread ELO Schooner Faire Recently found : Fishermen's Friends Big band (wish I had learned how to Swing dance when I was in High School!)

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies... hmmm So Many!

I love old movies: Examples: Singing in the Rain, Bringing up Baby, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, American Graffiti, Back to the Future (the first is the best! and yes, it IS a classic!), Dirty Dancing... and the list goes on.

If you like classic movies check out this website... http://www.omahafilmevent.com. My friend Bruce puts on these events, and before I moved, I was a volunteer at the bi-annual events. A fabulous, fun, and tiring evening! Please note : COVID-19 has a put a hold on these events for now.

TELEVISION: I have a new "star crush" - Move over Nathan Fillion...Time to make room for sexy, Simon Baker. Ooh la la!! πŸ₯°

I am addicted to older British Sitcoms - in particular: Butterflies, To The Manor Born, and The Good Life (Good Neighbors - in the US), Monarch of the Glen.

I loved The Last Man On Earth ... and so upset when it was canceled. I feel they need to do an anniversary show to let people know what happens.

MASH, Scrubs, Peak Practice, New Amsterdam, and The Resident (hmm, theme emerging!). Outlander, Lucifer, Sabrina (original tv show), Don't Trust the B in Apt 23, Ghost Whisperer, Cheers, The Big Bang Theory, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Mare of East Town, The Mentalist, and so many more. The key is, I like to be entertained, and like shows that don't talk down to me like I'm 3 yrs old. I also don't like gore for gore's sake.

INTERESTS and ARTISTS

Please, do not feel you need to send me anything from below...however, if you have some of these, please use them to create your swap! Or you can send some if you absolutely insist! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ lol.

Also, I love all things Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions. I use the Dylusions paints and inks in a lot of my Swaps. The colors are so vibrant, and the Dyan Reaveley stamps are so funky and fun, I love them! So receiving anything you create with these would be fabulous!

I have taken classes from Dina Wakley, as well. She is a beautiful, warm, talented woman! I learned how to use a gelli plate, and I love it! Never thought I would want to learn something else, but Gelli printing is awesome.. try it if you have a chance. Loved, loved, loved the Dina Classes!

I love Tim Holtz products too. He is so creative! I don't own a lot of his things, but someday, I will.

And, I really love Smash Books. They are what I have been using on my trips for the past few years.

Swap On!!

..Thank you!

TEAS and SCENTS

TEAS: please DO NOT send me teas. I have enough tea to last me 2 years. I also have several allergies that prevent me from drinking certain teas. And, I have received back teas that I sent to people. So best not to send any all!! Thank you for understanding.

SCENTS: SMOKEY OR STRONG SMELLING ODORS. I have Severe allergies and any smokey, moldy, musty or other strong smelling odors (including perfumes, and candles). They actually make me physically sick. Sadly, I have thrown swaps in the trash before I even open them due to the strong odors. 😫

PET PEEVES:

People who won't give a πŸ’œ for a postcard they received. Postcards require thought too. If there is a nice note, or the pc is profile related, your partner is trying to connect with you by sending a special pc. Why withhold a heart ❀?

People who don't rate.

People who rate 1 without contacting their partner first.

SOCKS

If I am participating in sock swap.... partner, please note- I take a size 9-11. I wear crew or short crew socks (above the ankle). I am unable to wear ankle socks any more due to a failed ankle surgery 4 yrs ago, and pain when things touch my ankle. Thank you!

MAIL

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SWAPPING WITH ME: If you are going to be late, PLEASE NOTIFY ME.
Not notifying someone that you will be late is just plain rude, and subject to poor ratings ... I will contact you if I expect my swap to be mailed late. Rules of swaps are there to be followed (as are all rules in life!) I follow them when I send to you, I would sincerely appreciate you follow them when sending to me.

REGARDING QUESTIONABLE ENVIES: Please note that I am a responsible and reasonable swapper. I always try to bring questionable envies to the post office, but sometimes one will slip through and need extra extra postage πŸ™ PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know. Also, I have been receiving a growing number of POSTAGE OWED envies. I am now telling my postman to return these to the sender. I have been burned by people not paying me back. Once in a while the postman will pay the extra postage and I will pay him back. I will ask you to please return the money to me by unused postage, postal check, or cashiers check. Please note, I have no control over when he does this!

*NOTE: Since the move to Florida, I have been mailing most of my swaps from the mailbox. If your swap has a post date on the item that is one day later than I sent from the mailbox, I apologize. I always hit the sent button after the mail has been picked up, not when I put it in my mailbox. Unfortunately, it may take the mailman (yes, it's really a man!) a long time to get it back to the post office for sorting and mailing. And, I regret that the postal service may have issues if I tell my postman to get the items to post office ASAP ... and darn the rest of his route!! Lol. πŸ˜‰ I do usually send swaps out ahead of the swap date, so it should still be in compliance.

I can't believe that I actually have to put this on my profile: Swappers that owe me postage:

***Speedy Found Image #16 - $2.68 UPDATE: 1/22/20: I was told by a member of the Swap Bot Flakers that it could be a problem at my end of the postal system. I should go and talk to my post office. So, I did. Here is what they told me: PO stated they would never let an envie that size, with a tracking number, be mailed for $1.10 in stamps. The Post Office will give out piles of tracking numbers to people that mail a lot of items (who knew?). She had to have put the tracking on herself and mailed it. So, when I got home, out of curiosity, I Checked USPS website, here is what it says for the tracking number on the envie: "Label Created, not yet in system A status update is not yet available on your package. It will be available when the shipper provides an update or the package is delivered to USPS. Check back soon."
If it had been mailed with the PO and they put the tracking number on it, it would be in the system as having reached its destination at my house. And the proper postage would be on it.

Ratings

grammypammy rated for CPG May 2022 SC PC - US on May 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the Disney PC and the cute joke you wrote on it! Enjoy your day!
nanadiana rated for FTLOC#1-Postcard with Flowers on May 18, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the flower pc. Funny . . . I sent the same one to my partner in the this swap. I had been hanging on to it because I liked it, so I'm glad that you sent it to me. I like a lot of flowers too, bleeding heart, lavender, pansy, fuchsia, iris, tulips and many more! Thank you friend!
MelissaLB rated for AtB Simple Profile PC Swap on May 16, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great postcard. I am not familiar with this artist and just spent the last 20 minutes reading about him on the internet. Thank you for the introduction. The painting is so interesting.
Response: I'm so happy you looked him up! I wasn't familiar with him either, until I saw that painting. It really spoke to me. Glad you like it! Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚ Have a great week!
nanadiana rated for Map Postcards Swap ( Naked )Edited on May 14, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the Kansas pc and your nice message. I have never been to Kansas but would love to go some day.
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚ If you do get to Kansas, go in the fall. You will miss scorching hot temps, and the tornado season will be winding down. Tornado season is traditionally April-Sept, if I remember correctly πŸ˜ƒ Have a great week!
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Comment: LOVE this list! Sun was on my list too :) The quote is wonderful and this PC is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much! Love and Light with you as well
Response: Yay! So thrilled that you like it πŸ˜ƒ I think it's a pretty one too. Hey! We both had sun... must say something about our personalities!! Lol. Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚ Enjoy the card and your weekend!
AmySue2 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Birds #2 on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the list. I had a hard time picking only five as well! Birds are just so beautiful and fun.
Response: I agree! Far too many interesting birds... I didn't even get to put Pileated Woodpecker, Kookaburra, or Goldfinch! Enjoy the pc πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚
nanadiana rated for WIYM: MAP POSTCARD SENT NAKED on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the Florida map pc and your nice message. We are still in the weird Spring weather. It's sunny today but still at freezing at night. Can't wait for warmer nights! Take care!
Response: Wow! That is freaky spring weather! Even MA and NE don't have those extremes in the spring! So happy you like pc. Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚ Hope the nights start warming up for you too β˜€οΈ
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Comment: Thanks for the pretty card!
Response: You're welcome! So Glad you like it. Thank you for the πŸ’— rating πŸ™‚
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Comment: Thank you for the very cute Easter ornament!
Response: You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
magicinker rated for OATCs: Tea on Apr 28, 2022
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Comment: Hi Leslie, Got your TEA atc today ! So creative !! Thanks bunches, Patt / magicinker
Response: You're welcome, Patti! I'm so happy you like it. It took a while to figure out how to start it, but once that was done, it made itself!! Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating! Hope to swap with you again soon πŸ˜„
elinor rated for April Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge on Apr 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great ATC, and the extra postcards :)
Response: You're welcome! I loved making it! Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚ Enjoy the postcards 🌷
camelsamba rated for HMPC: Botanical love - April on Apr 27, 2022
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Comment: What a lovely postcard! I never get such good results from napkins - what is your secret??
Response: Yay! You got it πŸ‘ I'm so pleased you like it. I use a glue stick on the card, and lay the napkin over it. Then cover it with a coat or two of modge podge. Let me know if you try it. Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚
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Comment: I look forward to coloring the bird postcard and passing it on!
Response: Hi! Glad you received it. These cards are getting VERY detailed. I wish people would send out earlier than the last day of the swap. I have a trigger thumb, and working on them can 2-3 days... resting in between. Look forward to seeing the bird one completed someday!! πŸ˜€ Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely ATC. You did a fabulous job. And thank you for the yellow items and the birthday card. I really appreciate it. And thanks for hosting a great swap. Take care!
Response: Thank you for joining the swap! I'm a so pleased you liked it! It was a different technique than I usually use - the layering like that...fun! Thank you so much for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚ Hope you will join next month's swap too πŸ™πŸ˜ƒ
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Comment: Sorry for the late rate, thought I had done it.
Response: Totally understand. Thank you for rating
Cgscdy rated for AATC : THE WANDERING COMMUNITY ATC #8 on Apr 25, 2022
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Comment: Tysm for passing on ❀️
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚ Have a blessed weekend 🌷
Artstamper rated for ACTS: Calendar Tag - April 2023 on Apr 20, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the great April tag! Love the stamp you used. The rain is neat too.
Response: So happy you like it! It was a fun one to do...thank you for the πŸ’™ rating! Enjoy!
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Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC and the facts about the birdies too!
Response: You're welcome. I really had fun working it out and then creating it. The Indigo Bunting is truly beautiful! Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚
howdyholly rated for Art Collab PC #100 (USA) on Apr 18, 2022
5
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Comment: The pink one is challenging for me, but I am sure I can come up with something. The orange and lime is easier. Thank you!
Response: I agree! I had a hard time with the pink one too... but there is a little room left. The orange and green is an open palette for you! Have fun! Thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚
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Comment: Thank you for the nice card and the extra stickers!
Response: Hi Florence! You're welcome! Have fun filling in your info. πŸ˜€ thank you for the πŸ’™ rating πŸ™‚ see you in the next round! HAPPY EASTER πŸ‡πŸŒ·πŸ° DON'T eat too much candy! LOL. 🍭🍬🍫

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
4.9974 1359 115 120
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1193 1520 0 1
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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Comments

grammypammy on May 18, 2022:

Thank you for the Disney PC!

Hugs, Pam

yvonne401 on May 17, 2022:

You are most welcome for the WTA! Glad you liked it.

Blessings,

Yvonne

BusyB on May 10, 2022:

Received envies yesterday! Thank you, love the randomness! April RAK Envie of random items. Winner called on 4/28. RAKS Only Hope you're feeling better!

BusyB on Apr 28, 2022:

Thank you! Look forward to happy mail from you. :)

bluerose3 on Apr 12, 2022:

Thank you for the (RAK USA Only) Mar2 List of pad sheets. They come in handy don't they. Lovely variety.

BlueberryLady on Apr 10, 2022:

Love the March RAK #1 List Pad sheets ! ! ! ! !

Aseret25 on Mar 18, 2022:

Thanks for working on another one of my coloring collab postcards! This one is an owl, that you worked on at the end of November. :) It arrived back home yesterday.

sleepykitty on Mar 10, 2022:

Thank you so much, Leslie, for the RAKS ONLY USA February Random Destash Envie #1! I love the stickers, papers, and ephemera!!!

HeidiJean on Mar 7, 2022:

Thank you so much for my washi from RAKS only Feb washi samples! They’re so cute!

Aseret25 on Mar 4, 2022:

Thanks for working on my coloring collab postcard! It arrived back home today. :)

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