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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: May 16, 2022
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of May 6, 2022

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :) While it's neat to see the vintage stamps, I'm not a collector. All stamps from my mail go to Stamps for the Wounded & I'm sure they would love to see your vintage stamps, but it's ok to use the general flag stamps too. :)

If you are sending me a recipe, I prefer full-size sheets for the recipes. Then I can add them to my recipe binder. :) I don't use recipe cards or the like, and prefer typed to hand-written.

Feel free to combine swaps to me! If we are paired up for a few swaps, it's perfectly OK with me if you group them up. If send by dates are a little off, just let me know. Handmade is always OK with me.

ABC's of my likes, interests & preferences

A - astronomy, Animaniacs, Addams Family (TV show esp and original cartoons), Agatha Christie, audiobooks, American history, (US) Air Force

B - Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Bootcamp, blue things, bullet journals,

C - COFFEE, cats, Charles Addams, cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, A Christmas Carol by Dickens (& all the movies - all of them), Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), comedy/comedians, cooking (most of the time!), Clue (movie & board game), The Craft (movie), calendars

D - Disney (esp Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Brother Bear, and the Villain's - esp Malcifient & Evil Queen/crone from Snow White, Hades.), David Tennant (actor), documentaries, Dark Shadows (esp the OLD 1960's soap opera), Dracula (the book)

E - Edward Gorey/Charles Addams/The Addams Family, ancient Egypt/pyramids

F - fall/autumn, Fairy Tales & Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's), Family history, Friendship Books, fountain pens, Faithfully Religionless,

G - Garfield!!, Ghosts/stories, giraffes, Golden Age Detectives (Agatha Christie), Golden Girls, Goddesses/Gods, Greek mythology, Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas),

H - History (local, family, US/pioneer), handmade (willing to accept handmade cards even if the swap doesn't call for it), hamsters, haunted houses/abandoned buildings, holiday customs & traditions from other countries, History Goes Bump (podcast), The Haunting (book, movie and TV series), hamsters!!, History Goes Bump (podcast),

I - Iceland, Imagine Dragons (music group), Inspector Lynley (TV series), InCoWriMo

J - journals (buying, at least, if not actually using)

K - Keys! (decorative like skeleton keys or on washi, stickers, etc), Krampus, Knives Out (movie)

L - llamas, libraries, Lore (podcast, show, books), letters & challenges, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Golden Books, Laurel Burch (artist), Luna/lunar anything (moon)

M - moon & stars, moon phases, Muppets/Sesame Street, Movies, Monstrum/Storied on PBS, The Monkees (since I was 3!!), mythology, Midsommer Murders (TV series), Murder She Wrote (TV series), The Mummy (1999), mysteries, Mildred D Taylor, Mental health awareness

N - Nightmare Before Christmas, Nathaniel Parker (actor & voice actor), National Geographic, Northern Exposure (TV series), NaNoWriMo (maybe one year I'll accomplish it!), (US) Navy

O - ouija boards

P - Paranormal, Paganism, podcasts, Pepsi, pen pals, pens, purple ink pens, personal notes, Percy Jackson series, Poirot (TV series & book character series), printables (stationery, journal pages, etc.), playing cards**, Pink Panther, Peanuts/Snoopy

Q - quick mail?, quiche

R - rainbows, Rocky & Bullwinkle (original only), Robert Downey Jr (actor), recipes, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer (TV movie series), Rick Riordan (author, and Presents line), rubber stamps, reading, Ravens (the bird, not the sports team)

S - stars, sloths, Scooby Doo (esp from 1960's- 70's), Sesame Street, Simon's cat, Spiritualism, Salem Witch Trials, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, stickers, stationery, silver anything, Sherlock, Sleepy Hollow (book, TV show & movies), Shedunit Show (podcast), (postage) stamps - new, Snoopy/Peanuts, anything spooky

T - Tarot cards (happy to receive stray tarot cards), trees/woods, Tiny Toons, Tim Holtz & similar, Tim Burton, Travel Channel (esp Josh Gates shows), 10 Things I Hate About You (movie), tarot readings (feel free to do one for me!), Timber Hawkeye,

U - Unicorns, used books

V - Vintage Social Media (snail mail!!)

W - Wicca customs and practices, Write On Challenge, washi tape

X - x-ray images, x-slips (exchange slips)

Y - Yule, Yule Cat, Yule Lads

Z - Ziggy

**playing cards - I'm no longer actively collecting for a 'frankendeck' - I've built a few now already - but I will accept any with a design you think I might like from my likes above. And, apparently my card is the Six of Diamonds so I will accept any nifty cards for that. :)

Dislikes

Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.) No matter what you send, I will not give a heart if you spell my name wrong.

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

No need for planner items & stickers and would prefer not to receive extra stickers or washi

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

About Me

I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm 46 years old , married 27 years this year, a mom to 3 (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, 2 are still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force). And now, I'm a VERY proud momma of a US Navy Sailor!

I'm an Aquarius, don't really follow horoscopes, but I am a star gazer. I love most things sun/moon/star related.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ+ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. (Click to link to see what I mean. This is a book title, one of my very favorites) :) I have read about and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I'm co-founder of the Pagan Community Centre - if you are Pagan minded, check it out! :)

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days. I'm not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. 2 cats and a dog.

I've participated in the Write On Challenge since 2016, and have done the InCoWriMo challenge since 2019! Check out my group For the Love of Letters if you like letter writing and challenges.

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while, when I have to. I use Instagram a tiny bit, but not very active. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Willa Cather, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore. Jennifer Weiner and Emily Henry.

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Faithfully Religionless by Timber Hawkeye Duma Key by Stephen King; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry; The Golden Compass (& series) by Phillip Pullman. The book that still 'haunts' me is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB group related to books & writing, Reading & Writing. I also have a group, For the Love of Letters for letter writing and letter challenges. I also love ghost stories and haunted house tales and am founder of a group, Ghosts! - check it out if you enjoy hauntings & cryptids.

With all of my groups, I ask that you follow the rules posted on the home page - if you request to join, be sure to follow those rules or you won't get approved!

Ratings, hearts & late

I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me. (for multi-partner email swaps, I usually wait to rate until I've received from all partners.) I'm not a postmark reader, especially with current mail issues, BUT - If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps I'm not Christian and do not celebrate that aspect of a holiday, so I prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones.
I do like the retro/vintage re-prints of Victorian era holiday cards. They are so creepy, they're great! If they're not printed right, somehow it's even better! If you want to make a holiday card 'spooky' - go for it! Not really a fan of Santa, heart shapes (though anatomical hearts are fine!), crosses, etc ...

If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.

Ratings

Ettoad rated for G: April holidays on May 15, 2022
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Comment: I loved reading about April Fools!! (I was one who did write about Easter - the Easter Bunny 🐰) I’ll definitely be thinking of April Fools now whenever I eat spaghetti 🍝😺😸
KSENiA rated for R&W: What I read in April - EMAIL on May 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Thanks for your list and also for the stamps and stickers. :) I'm only 2 books into the Kinsey Millhone series, might pick it up again at some point. It's funny how sometimes you notice different things when you reread a book years later.
Response: I've had that happen with other books I thought I really loved, ones I read a s child & go back to and it's like "What? This isn't the same book!" haha Oh well. Thanks for the heart :)
Cryptid rated for FLL: Write On #3 on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for your letter. :) Two of them arrived together yesterday. Re. Molly Harper the werewolf series is my favourite series of hers so far. I've read a couple of the Jane Jameson ones too, and one of the ones that are set in Louisiana with dragons and stuff. Thanks for the stickers as well, and for the tip about the Shedunit podcast.
Response: I'll have to try the werewolf series again. I don't usually read stuff like that, but I really enjoyed the mystic bayou one, she's a funny author. :) Thanks for the heart
Cryptid rated for FLL: Slow it down! on May 11, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for your letter. :) I really like the witch stationery. Best of luck with the job hunt or study if that's what you end up doing.
Response: Glad you liked the stationery. I think that was a printable download from Etsy. Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Thanks Hearts
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Maddashin rated for FLL: Reply & share on May 9, 2022
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Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 💕
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Thanks Hearts
Response: Thanks for rating & the heart :)
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Comment: Whoooaaa, sooo many books, and so mysterious! ;)
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
MisplacedfromPA rated for FLL: My mail on May 7, 2022
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Comment: I can appreciate how you organize your system of letters ( mine is similar). Thank you for sharing. I am keeping the AF postcard for myself...no sharing. (husband is a AF Veteran). Have a good weekend. --Michelle
Response: AF & military in general postcards are sometimes tough to find! I was excited to find these & bought a bunch, but am almost out. :( Glad you like the card I sent. Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: What a lot of books you read this month! Thanks for sharing your list with me.
Response: I listen to books while I'm falling asleep or trying to get to sleep, so some weeks I go through them extra fast!
monsbrick rated for FLL: Write On #4 on May 3, 2022
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Comment: Hi Cindi, thank you for the letter. Much to write and will try to write back soon.
Response: Hope you are well! Thanks for the heart :)
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: Journal Pages #1 on May 2, 2022
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Comment: It was great getting to know you better! I'm sorry about your mom. My dad and I don't speak, for many reasons so I get hating ads for holidays! I try to just ignore Father's Day. I wish you got a better Mother's Day though. I'm just getting my mom a card as I can't really afford anything else. Thanks so much for all the stickers! I really love the mental health ones! Where'd you get them?
Response: I try to ignore the holiday ads and things, but sometimes it's just too much. I'd gotten 8 mother's day ads before 6 am this morning, so it's really out of control! I got the Mental Health stickers at Oriental Trading - that online/catalog party store place. - they have good sized rolls of stickers for not too much cost, so it's easier to use and share them. :) IT's harder to part with those special stickers that are smaller amounts! I saw those a few years ago and thought 'more people need this message, and if I put them on the outgoing mail, more will see it!' so I've been doing that. :) Thanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Enjoyed your letter and the printouts. Thank you! I too researched black dogs for this swap. A friend who does not believe in the supernatural claims to have an experience with an invisible malicious dog on an old county road! Like you, I linked the legends to historical and present legends. And I loved your stories of black dogs from around the world!
Response: I'd never really heard much about black dogs until I watched Supernatural. I guess I focused more on ghosts and the like - or maybe Unsolved Mysteries didn't talk about black dogs. :) That's another source of my paranormal info from younger years. :) Thanks for the heart :)
AnitaHames rated for FLL: Song lyrics on Apr 26, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the letter, lyrics, postcards, and stickers! I like Imagine Dragons, too! I haven't bought any of their albums, but all their songs that I hear are really good.
Response: I still buy CD's. My family things I'm silly, but my car still has a CD player, and I don't need wifi for them. haha :) Imagine Dragons has a new album coming out this summer, if you want to watch for the songs on streaming services. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Karen07 rated for R&W: Poetry month on Apr 25, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for some great reading Cindi! I really liked all the poems you sent. Somehow I never read that Emily Dickinson poem about the sea. Wonder how I missed it.
Response: Oh yay! I found something new for you. :) I don't remember reading it before, either, but I'm sure that I have. I have a few books of her poetry. Her and Edgar Allen Poe - odd collection, right? :) Thanks for the heart!
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Write On #2 on Apr 24, 2022
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Comment: Dear Cindi, thank you very, very much for this wonderful letter, the cute goodies and the beautiful stationary! ^.^ You will get an answer to this letter with me next swap to you (which probably will be soon XD), but one thing I want to say already: I'm completly on your side with the argument to love your body! I think a lot of people aspect too much from "always loving something" in the definition of always being okay with t, never criticising it, never questioning it... but that's not the case. For example I think you can love yor body and still want to gain or loose weight, as long as it's happening in an healthy manner. - So yeah, I like your stationary! ^-^ I hope you have a great sunday! Yours, Maxi
Response: I'm glad you liked the stationery and could understand what I was trying to explain to my daughter. :) I wish I could remember where I found the stationery print, online somewhere. :) Oh well. Thanks for the heart ! :)
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Comment: Hello Cindi, Thanks for the lovely StPats card. I has to google the association of corned beef and St Pats day as i didnt think it was an irish dish! Very interesting. I have a tupperware pressure cooker that i now use to cook corned beef and potatoes. Its so quick and i love how the potatoes are cooked but dont crumble like when i used to boil it in a pot! Its not a big celebration in australia. Mainly in irish pubs and irish homes!
Response: This year I learned that corned beef for St Patrick's is an American thing. The Irish in the US couldn't find the - lamb, I think? - that they traditionally ate, but learned of the corned beef cut (apparently it's called 'corned' b/c the salt that was originally used to pack and keep the beef fresh looked like kernals of corn!) so they used that instead. Who knew?! :) Thanks for the heart :)
CraftyShana76 rated for FLL: Write On #2 on Apr 20, 2022
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Comment: Yay! Another letter to respond too! I love your letters!!! TYVM!
Response: Thanks for the rating & heart :)
suepier rated for InCoWriMo 2022 Postcard #3 on Apr 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard from the Air Force Base.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

CraftyShana76 on Mar 24, 2022:

TYSVM for the PC! It wasn’t necessary but I truly appreciate it. And I did love it !!!

sassafrass on Dec 24, 2021:

susieq11 on Dec 22, 2021:

Thank you for the WW RAK!!!! W O W! I absolutely love everything - and there is a LOT to love!!! Seriously thankful for all you sent and for your generosity. I will be using everything : ) Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!!!! xoxo

simcoe54 on Dec 19, 2021:

Anyone need playing cards? RAK -- Thanks so much for the playing cards. I will be adding all of them to my collection.

Poohtat on Dec 14, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK of playing cards. Happy Holidays

Highlander18 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful package from WW Papercraft goodies!!

Poohtat on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful Papercraft RAK from WW. Love the pens and there is so many treasures in here. Awesome RAK. Happy Holidays

groundhogstamper on Dec 6, 2021:

Thank you for the big stickers RAK that you sent to me. I really appreciate your kindness.

heidiblooms on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you for all the ADORABLE Christmas stickers!!!

lovetherain on Nov 26, 2021:

Thank you Cindi for all the cute Christmas stickers. Love the puffy santas and snowmen esp. I hope you and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving!

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