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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: February 22, 2024
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

NOTICE 10/18--I received a great postcard of a dog from S. Jersey and I don't see either the name of the swap or the name of the sender. (Love the PC...I'd like to rate you!)

I have a #1 rating for a swap I have sent to Malalysia TWICE and even have a .jpg of the last time I sent it, but my partner won't respond to my messages. How do I get rid of the #1?

I am a sedentary type (because I am large sized!), who is a TV addict and avid reader. I love writing, internet, movies. Love writing letters. Have kept a daily blog since 2000--more than 8,000 entries. I am the author/co-author of two books about a theater company in San Francisco. (I love that I can look myself up in the Library of Congress!)

Raised 5 children and have two granddaughters, born in 2008 and 2011. I sponsor several children around the world with Compassion International

Live with husband of 58 years (as of 6/26-23), our son and his wife, and our lap dog, Bubba..

Walt saved for travel in our retirement and we have traveled a bit in the last few years. England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Russia, China, Istanbul, a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, and Ukraine. I spent six wonderful weeks in Australia in 2003. I will never make my dream trip, now -- a photo safari in Africa. My body couldn't handle it any more.

Love seeing new places and meeting new people! I am pro-choice and supported Marriage Equality, but have a good friend who is vehemently opposed to both and we are still friends, so I am polite to those with whom I disagree. Just don't try to convert me...and I won't try to convert you.

Favorite Books

  • "East of Eden" (and all Steinbeck)
  • "Prince of Tides" (Pat Conroy)
  • "The Mother Tongue" (Bill Bryson)

  • Any Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Vince Flynn, Patricia Cornwell (when she was good), David Baldacci, James Patterson (before he became a book-writing factory and the quality dipped way down)

  • Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series

  • I like biographies and autobiographies and really any good story.

Favorite Television

Outlander, Stephen Colbert, Jeopardy, NCIS , Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Big Bang Theory, NCIS-LA, The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Designated Survivor, Schitt's Creek, Northern Exposure and so many others.

Big fan of Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper.

Postcards I like

  • Animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants, whales.
  • Inge Look
  • Babies (human or animal)
  • Australian scenes
  • African scenes
  • Russia scenes
  • China Scenes
  • Van Gogh
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Smiley faces
  • Ocean scenes
  • Judy Garland
  • Anything showing books, writing, or typewriters
  • Theaters (inside or out)
  • Anything that makes you go "awww"
  • funny cards
  • "message" cards

Things I Love

  • CHOCOLATE!!!
  • The color red
  • Irish and Scottish things
  • All animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants and whales
  • Washi tape
  • Stamp pads
  • Rainbows
  • Vintage music & movies (40s and 50s)
  • Show music
  • World music
  • Stickers, any kind
  • Peanuts stuff (love Snoopy)
  • Muppets stuff
  • books
  • audio books
  • strawberries (the fruit, the scent, the color)
  • I'm addicted to juice oranges and mandarins

Things I'm not so fond of

  • tea (it's ok, but not a favorite)
  • licorice
  • dark chocolate
  • Anything Goth
  • Religious stuff
  • Violence of any kind
  • tattoos
  • jewelry (I wear very little)
  • make-up (I don't wear it)
  • the color orange (I don't wear it)
  • Heavy metal
  • Prejudice of any kind, particularly homophobia
  • Cruelty to any animals
  • Donald Trump

Favorite Foods

Because my latest swap includes food, recipes, etc, here is a list of some of my favorite foods

  • milk chocolate
  • pastries
  • Dungeness crab
  • Mexican food
  • Chinese food
  • fruits (especially strawberries, pineapple, bananas, fresh oranges)
  • artichokes
  • avocados
  • popcorn
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts & Toasted almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peet's French Roast Coffee

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes in music. My favorite music is probably show music, since I have reviewed musicals for so many years and know most of them.

I also like classical music, especially the big 3 (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms), but also chamber music. Not a big fan of opera but love Gilbert & Sullivan.

In more popular music, I grew up with music from the 30s and 40s (Bing Crosby, Andrews Sisters, etc.) and went through adolescence in the 50s but didn't much like rock. My favorites are still the 30s, 40s and 50s but I love John Denver.

My kids were in a rock band for 10 years and introduced me to a lot of their favorite music, so I enjoy some of that too, though don't have any favorites (except the band Lawsuit, of course)

And I am a big fan of Steve Schalchlin. If you don't know him, check him out on YouTube.

Ratings

youngsenior rated for Ugly PC Swap #79 on Feb 22, 2024
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Comment: That is a real place not a painting how nice. I find it interesting thank you. Your friend Joy
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Comment: Thank you, Bev!
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Comment: Thanks for the informative postcard. Now I know a little bit more about California. Thanks for sharing some bits about you and exploring my lomohome too.😊
MsBellaDonna rated for Postcard Swap (Trivia) #3 - USA on Feb 20, 2024
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Comment: This boxing kangaroo postcard is one of the best I’ve received in a long time! I love it! Thank you so much! xo
Luvchickadees rated for A-Z PC Swap (C) on Feb 20, 2024
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Comment: Nice C Postcard and answers!
fruitbat5150 rated for Wild Animal PC Swap #5 on Feb 18, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for your postcard! I had no idea that bees had to be THAT busy!
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Comment: Thank you :)
toni rated for Any postcards will do ... #11 on Feb 16, 2024
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Comment: Enjoyed your happy message. I like squirrels also.
marles rated for Any postcard will do ... #10 (USA) on Feb 16, 2024
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Comment: I loved the movie "The Graduate". I remember seeing that movie at the drive-in way back. I'm doing my first river cruise through Germany April 2025.
Tuutis rated for FLOWERY STICKER-SLAPPED PC 🌸 on Feb 15, 2024
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Comment: Beuatiful, colourful, lovely card <3 Thank you!
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Comment: Thanks for the great PC! <3
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Comment: Oh, stickers are amazing! I hoard them too. Thank you for your answers.
Lisserz rated for (E-mail Swap) It's All About You! on Feb 14, 2024
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Comment: I'm sitting here reading your answers and thinking I may have to try doing a push up. I also would need the fire department to get me up off the floor, but it would be a good reason to have some nice looking firemen at my house. I also saw that Donald Trump photo. Elvis? hahahahahahaha! Thank you for your responses.
Dustzappa rated for CPG Feb 2024 SC Postcard - US on Feb 13, 2024
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Comment: Your card arrived today thank you so much mailboxes are one of my favorite cards and I really like the one you sent
Burger1girl rated for Blind Envie 2024 Winter 1 of 4 on Feb 12, 2024
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Comment: Wonderful happy mail! i love the post card. I need the recipe cards for another swap, just in time. But the frog picture just made me giggle!! Going to place it on my bathroom mirror so I can giggle every morning, thanks for a great swap!
Honeybee203 rated for Blind Envie 2024 Winter 1 of 4 on Feb 12, 2024
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Comment: Ty
Irys rated for Happy Mail Swap #1 on Feb 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you, Bev
KSENiA rated for (E-mail Swap) It's All About You! on Feb 11, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. This thing that made you laugh, made me laughing right now as well (had to google it though)
Piccolo rated for CPG Somewhere Warm PC - Global on Feb 10, 2024
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Comment: Thanks Bev! I love Hawaii! Can’t wait to go back!
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Comment: Aww thank you for this beautiful chicken ! Yesterday we were at a restaurent and my boyfriend was explaining to his friends all of his theories on how dogs actually train us, like he really thought about it a lot since we have Lucky, yes THEY train US ! Have a beautiful day, and don't worry post crossing is worth the wait ! (usually)

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Comments

Frodogaggins on Dec 26, 2023:

Thank you so so much for the Address labels! I love them <3!!!!!

Snaileditcrafts on Dec 16, 2023:

Thank you for joining the swap that I am hosting! Congratulations for being on the nice list! Merry Christmas!

spinweaver on Dec 12, 2023:

Hi Bev! Thanks for your lovely letter, so Christmas-y! As for my animals, I get most of them from the wild animal rehabilitation hospital here in Kansas City. But I'm also listed on a nationwide wildlife rehabber list (by state and county) whereby citizens can contact me directly. Thats where I got the 10 tiny opossums- a lady heard a doggy commotion and when she checked, she found a few babies in the grass-then a few more- then a few more! No mother however. I think the dog picked up and shook the mother sending all the babies flying, and she ran off. This is my quiet season and I do enjoy relaxing! But- right now I have a house sparrow who flew into a window and really hit his head. It has been a bit over a week, and he's only just now looking capable of handling freedom. Merry Christmas!

marinda on Aug 23, 2023:

Thank you so much for all the lovely green items in my mailbox! They are lovely. It really made my day!

nomadmama on Aug 14, 2023:

I couldn't wait until the end of the month to say thank you! The letter and address labels were great, but I got the adorable reversible corgi today and knew I couldn't wait! Thank you so much! I really appreciate the effort you have already put into this swap! Tiffany Happy Mailbox all Month August

HelenG6 on May 11, 2023:

Basykes, please contact Admin about this, or the moderator of the swap. Hopefully this will be resolved. Some swapper are challenging.

mejulia on Feb 17, 2023:

Happy Birthday my friend, I hope your day was super fantastical.

Snaileditcrafts on May 30, 2022:

Simple Summer Swap! Thanks for joining! p

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

lambchoppy on Jan 29, 2020:

Hi there! Promoting a PC swap I'm hosting if you're interested. Have a nice day!

Sticker PC Swap #12 - USA ONLY

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