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VAgardengirlgirl

VAgardengirlgirl
Date Joined: May 6, 2019
Last Online: December 6, 2021
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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About Me

About me

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Nov 2021 I take pics of all my swaps, front & back, so if you’re missing a swap I have a record of it. Please contact me if you haven’t received it. Thanks!

October 2021 Postmaster General deJoy has said that mailing times that used to take 1 to 3 days will now take 3 to 5 days. This is a permanent change. Packages go up for the holidays. Angry? You can complain to your US representatives & your senators (unless u live in DC & don’t have them) since the PG is a federal employee. DeJoy is trying to get usps out of “the red.” USPS gets no federal funds; its operating funds come the sale of stamps f postal fees.

I would like to say: I keep seeing swappers being marked down because their recipient thinks that they mailed the swap late or some other misunderstanding of the rating rules. PLEASE READ & UNDERSTAND THE RATING REQUIREMENTS. THEY ARE SIMPLE. Although this hasn’t happened to me, Please please please do not rate late based on the date stamp or if you didn’t like your swap, or if you put more items in your swaps than your partner did for you. That’s part of the reason the computer doesn’t assign you the same person you send to. Swap-bot is for FUN and ADULTS. The requirement on Swap-bot for the “mail by“ date is that the swap has been placed in the mailbox by your home, or dropped off at the post office, or put in a mailbox somewhere. Consider this: I put my swap in my mailbox this afternoon (Friday), after my mail’s been delivered. The mail carrier picks it up Saturday afternoon and returns it to the post office, but it’s not processed because Saturday’s hours are 9-noon, or because of other new rules our current Postmaster General imposed (items are no longer required to b processed the same day as arrived at PO. Dejoy also dismantled many automatic processing machines at post offices across the nation). It won’t be processed on Sunday because the PO is always closed on Sunday. Independence Day is observed on Monday, so my letter won’t be processed then either. By Tuesday, my letter is in a bin on the bottom of everything else that came in to the post office (Saturday & )Sunday & Monday. But even if it is processed on Tuesday, the date stamp will be five days after I put it in my mailbox! There is nothing on Swap-bot that says the date stamp must match the “mail by” date!! Also if you’re trading in an international swap, many countries have no mail service on the weekends, and they could have holidays we know nothing about. Some European swappers say it takes monthS to get a swap, so I suppose it also takes a long time to get to the states. A swapper from Russia said it takes many months in the winter to get a swap! Now, I have seen date stamps literally two whole entire weeks or more after the “mail by” date. In that case, it appears that the swap was mailed late. But, it could’ve gotten lost somewhere at the post office and then discovered later. Or, something happened with the swapper that a human with a big heart might forgive (once). I would probably look at that swapper’s profile page & ratings. Do they have constant reasons by why swaps are late on their profile page? Red flag! If that swapper has almost all fives and a ton of hearts, I would blame it on the PO before I would mark the swapper down. If I were to consider marking them with a 3 or 1, I would communicate with them first. Since Covid & the craziness everywhere, that’s the current etiquette on SB now. Swap-bot is about having fun. I see no reason to mark somebody down unless it’s abundantly clear they flaked. Please don’t be a mail-date Nazi or immature ratings jerk. Thanks for reading & thinking about this.

I swap with Swap-bot!

Also, while I adore a sticker chosen just for me, or one such something similar, I have accumulated an abundance of odds & ends pieces of paper, whole sticker sheets, notecards, washi samples, etc that I have no real use for. So, unless the swap calls for it, less is more for me. Please pass on those odds & ends to swappers who love it; I know they’re lots. .😀 One item that you think might appeal to me is nice. Thanks for (hopefully) understanding.

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I’m a former 6th grade teacher, but now work for a non-profit, mostly from home. I have an independent 😀 & bright (but sometimes moody) teen and a kind, smart, & funny husband. He and I met in the local scuba diving club, and our kid is also certified. There’s an other world under the water and it’s so peaceful and beautiful!

Although I’ve lived in the South my entire life, I dream of living in a cool climate (menopause has greatly increased this desire 😓) and of snow falling on Christmas Day ❄️ . I fantasize about living in Colorado. I love snow! ‘Round here, 6” or more means school & appointments are called off and most people get an unexpected free day, which I LOVE! (Favs for snow day: a roaring, crackling 🔥 , baking, crafting, shoveling (yes, I enjoy making a path to get the car out), napping, shooting pics of snow)

I read a newspaper daily and particularly enjoy Miss Manners, Jumble, and advice columns (Carolyn Hax is so wise). I miss Dave Barry’s weekly column, Farside, and Calvin & Hobbs, but now laugh at Zits, Dilbert and Pluggers.

What I like to do

  • gardening, (growing mostly flowers)
  • visiting state & national parks
  • looking at gardens
  • walking wooded trails,
  • reading (novels & news)
  • cooking
  • crafting
  • traveling
  • going to art museums

We live on a few acres so I enjoy seeing the wildlife, in particular the birds. I typically have a bluebird family in the spring & it’s exciting watching the full progression! I love trees and find bugs 🐛 🐜 🕷 & snakes 🐍 interesting. They’re around here all the time, so we get along just fine.

I make an effort to live environmentally-friendly (e.g., I recycle, reduce, reuse & compost, try to reduce my use of single-use plastics)

🐈 I have 2 orange tabby cat boys whom I adore, Owen & Charley 🐈

Particular ** favorite** things: are

COFFEE

coffee flavored candy & desserts, lattes, espresso, coffee cups, quotes about coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, demitasse cups, think the Bubba Gump shrimp guy talking about shrimp...that’s me with coffee

I also like

comical items! To get an idea of my sense of humor, I find very funny:

*Ted Lasso * David Sedaris * Frasier * Atypical * Everybody Loves Raymond *Bob ❤️ Abishola

ITEMS I FIND ENDEARING

MINIATURES

——————- even odd things like a tiny screw, tiny piece of satin ribbon, or an itty bitty feather. Doll house things like a tiny Kleenex box or a miniature book make me lose my mind!

I like tiny things, & sparkles that aren’t too overdone .

  • postage stamps x miniature art!
  • hippos, 🦛 especially baby hippos
  • pastels, especially periwinkle
  • flowers; my favorite is a bluet; not a fan of roses
  • cute baby animals. What baby isn’t cute?
  • birds, real or drawn
  • trees 🌲
  • anything having to with Thomas Jefferson
  • anything with a bicycle 🚲
  • clocks & watches ⏰

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  • photos of all sorts, especially close ups

Robert Llewellen’s photographs amaze me! robertllewellyn

## I also really like

NEAT HANDWRITING 💕💕😃😃😃

  • early photos of famous people
  • Quaint churches ⛪ with simple steeples
  • colored or shaped paper clips & cute binder clips
  • origami
  • cute sticky notes (all sizes)
  • small matchbox crafts
  • tiny bottles (like old perfume bottles)
  • magazine ads with odd photos
  • interesting ideas about life in the future

  • natural items found outside. I usually have a bowl which I fill with natural finds I like: a feather, a tiny pine cone, a colorful stone or one in a particular shape, some interesting seeds, a pretty leaf, etc.

Books I’ve particularly enjoyed:

  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Dress Your Children in Corduroy & Denim
  • Gone Girl
  • Angela’s Ashes
    • A Gentleman in Moscow*
  • Prince of Tides
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Go Ask Alice
    • The Book Thief*
  • Americanah
    • Middlesex*
    • The Corrections*
    • A Mother’s Reckoning*

TV Shows/series that have been favorites include: -——————————————————— * Atypical * The Kids are Alright * Frasier * Six Feet Under * Breaking Bad * Mr Mercedes * Seinfeld * Stranger Things * Mrs. Maisel (those outfits! Wow!) * America’s Test Kitchen * Brooklyn 99 * Barefoot Contessa * and,....dare I admit it?.... The Pimple Popper

Movies I’ve loved

  • The Wife
  • Fargo
  • the Sound of Music
  • Harold & Maude
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin
  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Shawshank Redemption

Inserts I’d like

I’m delighted with tiny stickers or cute postage stamps or little cute pictures cut from magazines.

NOT INTO

  • Goth
  • mustard yellow
  • religious stuff (but do like holiday icons like bunnies & holly & gingerbread houses.
  • “Dislike” lists that are longer than the “like” list

postcard favorites

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Princess Margaret (**The Crown* has piqued my interest in lesser known royals)
  • Photos of old cars, rustic homes, antiques,
  • outdoor clocks
  • churches,
  • mailboxes,
  • streetcars,
  • maps,
  • trees,
  • musicians,
  • iron fences,
  • steam trains,
  • art photos,
  • black & white photos,
  • postcards of famous people in their early days
  • old maps

Homemade postcard favorites: * funny, weird or unusual magazine pics *a comic from the newspaper

Ratings

lrm1980 rated for IDIOMS on Dec 6, 2021
5
rating
Comment: I love this ATC! I did guess the idiom... it was beautifully done.
Reading100 rated for October 2021: What Did You Read? on Dec 1, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for the book descriptions in the swap.
5
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. I’m not particularly fond of the taste of grapefruit, but I do think they look beautiful! Your notecard and envelope are super cute too <3
5
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Comment: Hello, thank you for the lovely postcard. It is getting colder here as well. I hope you are safe and tucked in the warmth of your house. Take care and stay safe. Happy swapping!
howdyholly rated for Catbook 8 on Nov 22, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Great catbook! Thank you. I will reuse your cardboard covers for the book - a great idea of yours!
Response: Thank you! BTW, the book be able to be shipped in an envelope. Just make sure the tassels are tucked inside the book.
crtsjffrsn rated for WILDLIFE SWAP on Nov 21, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you!
young46356 rated for WIYM: Orange is the new black on Nov 21, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving, Rich
MailArtbyJac rated for WIYM: GREEN NAKED PC on Nov 20, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard!
Response: Not sure what you mean by “ad card” but if you’re implying the PC I sent was a free card, you’re wrong.
debbiespoms rated for WILDLIFE SWAP on Nov 18, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you very much.
debbiespoms rated for The Year That I Was Born - USA on Nov 10, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Wow, What a wonderful job, you did on the year you were born in a note card! I got a lot of insight from your era too & yes, I was in 1961 too. I love what you did for each category, Major events, pop songs, top movies, popular baby names, Costs, new products & ideas, and popular tv shows. I'm blown away! Thank you very much ! Esp. for the recipes too & 1961 penny ( Cool! )Too bad I don't own a cast iron skillet for Corn bread. Thank you for the thought though.
Response: I’m so glad you enjoy the swap! You don’t have to make the cornbread in a skillet. A 9x9 or 8x8 pan works fine. The buttermilk is the secret ingredient that makes it great, I think!
squince rated for Black and White pc swap #96 on Nov 8, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks! And love your adorable little bird stamp with their foot prints!
tendersores rated for And Then My Heart Melted... on Nov 7, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks for sharing your sweet story!
Cindymt rated for And Then My Heart Melted... on Nov 6, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thanks! I actually have never read that book!
Response: Thank you for the rating & for hosting!
Intrinzica rated for And Then My Heart Melted... on Nov 6, 2021
5
rating
Comment: What a sweet story! Thank you so much for sharing 😊
5
rating
Comment: OH!! Such a lovely card! As soon as it popped open I had a smile on my face! Just gorgeous. Since winter is coming I will keep this open on my desk. I appreciate this so much!!
Response: 😃
CraftyShana76 rated for Animal PC - quick US only on Nov 3, 2021
5
rating
Comment: I was so excited the Braves won! The little penguin was adorable! TYSVM!
loverofpostcards rated for Food packaging swap 20 on Nov 2, 2021
5
rating
Comment: No swap name so hope this is the right swap. Luigi's?
Response: Hi Glennys! Yes, I sent Luigis! The swap name & my user name are on the vertical line dividing the address box from the message box. The writing is fairly small. Thank you!
myancey rated for Animal PC - quick US only on Nov 1, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Nancy thanks so much for the pink flamingo card
5
rating
Comment: I love orange sunsets. Thank you!!
GreetingsEarthling rated for Animal PC - quick US only on Oct 30, 2021
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pc! Sounds like a great event at your art museum : )

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Comments

Mimi7 on Nov 9, 2021:

Hi Nancy What did you think of Cat book #8 I sent? Isn;t it nice? Enjoying these swaps. Hope you are staying safe and are well.

Don;t forget to rate me and thanks so much!!

take care Donna

lou on Aug 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

dcp0112 on Apr 5, 2021:

Have a wonder spring & have fun planting those beautiful flowers!!

VAgardengirlgirl on Mar 26, 2021:

Many thanks to porkpie5 for uploading the coloring collab! I love the different ways swappers colored it!

porpie5 on Mar 26, 2021:

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