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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: October 27, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of October 24, 2021

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. :)

Holidays & cards
For holiday card swaps, I am always happy to receive a handmade card in place of a store bought card, and prefer general seasonal images and messages. I am not Christian and do not prefer Christian themed cards or Bible verses, but I will not rate down if that's all you have to send. But if possible, please stick to season decorations - Santa is ok, but Krampus is more my style - Snoopy or other cartoon characters are always good too!

I would rather not receive tuck ins (extras) with card swaps - but am happy to receive a copy of your favorite recipe, your holiday traditions, or your holiday stories.

My daughter just found out she is allergic to soy, dairy and sesame (I'm allergic to tree nuts, pineapple, strawberries - among other things) - If you have a recipe this is really good, and free of the above, PLEASE share with me! I'm adapting every recipe I have - it's exhausting! I always enjoy receiving others favorite recipes.

Likes Garfield!! (Been a fan since I was very little and always love to find anything Garfield themed.) Books (prefer used paper backs to new or ebooks), unique bookmarks, stationery items (pens, stickers, washi, paper). History - local history, family history, revolutionary war era and pioneer days especially. paranormal stuff - especially ghosts - stories, podcasts, shows, experiences tarot cards! I LOVE tarot cards, and am happy to take any loose or stray cards you have that need a new home. I'm just re-learning how to read them, and love looking at the artwork.

images:

moon & stars, rainbows, coffee themed, anything book themed. Cats over dogs, hamsters, trees, fall/autumn, sloths, giraffes, llamas, (been a fan of llamas, sloths and giraffes since I was a very little girl.) The Little Prince, Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. Journal cards. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work, also Tim Holtz, Tim Burton (Love 'Nightmare Before Christmas'!!) Cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, tarot cards, Ouija boards, haunted houses, ghosts & the like. I'm not a fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy a lot of images from that holiday & time of year. Just nothing bloody, gross or zombies.

Fairy tales and Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's fairy tales), holidays & customs from other countries. Spiritualism, Wicca, fortune telling, Paganism are interesting themes to me, as well as Buddhism. Tarot cards & fortune telling images, (I welcome any stray Tarot cards if you have leftovers that you do not need/want/use. I don't use them, but I love the artwork.) Salem Witch Trials

Tuck ins/extras: If a swap calls for extras or tuck ins, I would prefer not to receive the extras. If you really wish to include something, check out the list of the above. I have far too many postcards, washi tape samples and stickers!

TV/movies: Shows I enjoy/re-watch or follow: Supernatural, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Northern Exposure, Murder She Wrote, Sherlock, Dr Who (David Tennant years), Golden Girls, Broadchurch, Poirot, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Travel Channel shows with Josh Gates, Ghost Hunters & similar shows (but not Ghost Adventurers).

I think the only thing I follow on You Tube is "Ask a Mortician" with Caitlin Doughty.

Movies: The Mummy (1999), The Haunting (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer, Sleepy Hollow, Knives Out

Disney: Especially: Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Actors/actresses: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Nathaniel Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury

Music: The Monkees (since I was about 3 years old), Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Counting Crows, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, when I was a kid). Also 1980's & 1990's music

Comedians: Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan, Gabriel Iglesias.

Podcasts: I've been listening to several podcasts, and some that I've found to really love and enjoy are: Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, American Shadows, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student, Shedunnit Based on this list, if you think I would enjoy podcasts you listen to, please let me know.

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.

Religious information - I'm cool w/ my beliefs, not interested in preaching.

Please no food items - if a swap calls for something, only a factory sealed tea bag, please.

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 45 years old , married 26 years this year, a mom to 3 teens (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, they all still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force).

I'm a member of Our Revolution, and happy with the current Presidential Administration.

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'. :) 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 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!

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. Historical fiction (esp American & Czech, pioneer America era, Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt), memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history (Recently found out I'm related to Anne Bradstreet, which I find thrilling!)

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, 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; Duma Key by Stephen King; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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

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.

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 Prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones
Anything that represents the holiday that is non-traditional is very welcomed!

I'm not Christian and do not care for that type of card, but will not rate down if that's what you send.

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

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the card, jokes and bonus!
Fuchsi rated for G: Halloween happenings! on Oct 27, 2021
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Comment: Hello Cindi, thanks for your awesome letter about the Halloween happenings in your childhood and today. In Germany it's still rather small, but just today I saw an inventation for a Halloweenparty for kids at the bus stop, organised by our city, so maybe there es still hope we will celebrate it more in future! ^.^ With best wishes, Maxi
kssunlover1947 rated for Halloween Washi tape swap on Oct 24, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for all the washi you sent. Love it all.
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Comment: Hi Cindi, thanks for the journal to work in and send on its way.I love your Autumn pages, so cool!!Thanks so much for all the lovely extras. Thanks so much for sharing your pink Halloween paper, I love it and thanks for the washi's and everything!! :)
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Comment: Thank you!! Loved the card, and how you decorated the envelope. Very cute!
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Comment: Thank you for the great card - and envelope -and goodies - and jokes! Happy Halloween!
paperlover rated for CPG Halloween Card 2021 - US on Oct 18, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the Halloween card and Post card
susieq11 rated for CPG Halloween Card 2021 - US on Oct 16, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable card and book postcards!!! I think my favorite part of Halloween is the paper stuff and candy! I like to stock up on stuff too, maybe too much ha ha! Hope you’re enjoying fall and your card made me smile!! Have a happy weekend! : )
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Comment: Dear Cindi, Thank you SO MUCH for your Tarot reading. It made perfect sense to me! When you did the reading, I was facing a ton of stress and also anxiety. Mostly due to work. (Luckily, I'm having 2 weeks off, so a little time to recharge). I've also been having quite a few arguments, with someone else but also kinda with myself. So much worry, disappointment and despair. But everything feels a lil lighter again. Your reading made me feel seen and helped to hang on during those dark times. Thank you so much <3
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Comment: Thank you for the card and goodies. You made me smile and I love what you included. Happy Halloween
chaiwitch rated for R&W: spooky stories on Oct 14, 2021
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Comment: Excellent spooky choices! Thank you for the card and absolutely lovely stickers!
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Comment: Hi Cindi, Thank you for a nice swap! I love the card, the jokes, lol and the fun extras. Happy October!
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Comment: Thank you for the card, the stickers, and the very silly jokes! :-)
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Comment: Thanks so much
Mamabemus rated for Playing Card Obsessed #3 on Oct 11, 2021
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Comment: thanks for the extras. sorry for the late rating
KSENiA rated for R&W: What I read in September - EMAIL on Oct 11, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
heliogal rated for tPCC: World Postcard Day USA on Oct 8, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for hosting this swap! I really loved the sunflower card!!!
savannahjan rated for R&W: World Postcard Day - USA on Oct 7, 2021
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Comment: Thank you! Definitely glad stamps are self-adhesive! :)
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Comments

ariestess on Sep 24, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely Mabon RAK postcard! It really made my day!

ariestess on Sep 18, 2021:

Happy Autumnal Equinox and Merry Mabon! I hope you have a truly lovely harvest, a smooth and stressless rest of 2021, and a blessed and happy 2022. Blessings to you! aj

AzEkologi on Sep 17, 2021:

Merry Mabon! "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree" (Emily Bronte). May you have a blissful rest of the year. Best, Rick

Leekoba on Jul 30, 2021:

Thank you for the postcard :)

PrincessLeia on Jun 22, 2021:

Thanks for an awesome RAK! I love all the halloween stickers and PCs. And I Really LOVE all those starwars stamps. Im going to have to rewatch them and workout where the other droids fit in! THANKYOU!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

patricia8288 on May 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome mental health rak. Good vibes😊❤️

MamaD on May 25, 2021:

Thank you so much once again for your awesome and generous RAK from the PF Mental Health Journal giveaway!! I actually should have received it several days ago apparently, but the post office put the slip in the wrong box!! Luckily the person receiving it saw it wasn't theirs! Thank you again!!

MamaD on May 18, 2021:

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Thank you so very very much for the wonderful assortment of teas!! I cannot wait to try them! They will be put to good use!! Thank you again for your kindness! I really needed that pick me up!!

Poohtat on May 14, 2021:

Wow, thank you for the very generous tea RAK. There are some yummy ones in here. My husband is going to love the double bergamot and the Celestial Seasonings. I'm more a black tea person, so we are both going to enjoy tea while sitting out on the porch. Thank you.

sebastian122 on Apr 24, 2021:

Got the coolest card today! Thank you for thinking of me, and for sharing. You made a glorious day even better. XOXO

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