Swap-bot Time: October 6, 2022 2:03 pm


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Last Online: October 5, 2022
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

If you want a heart, you will read or at least scan my profile to see what I like and don't like! Hint: Don't send me stickers!

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in!Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

I'm adding this saguaro blossom image hoping it will show up this time. I seldom have any luck with this.

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Comment: Absolutely loved the PC! I’ve never read Mobey dick and have heard it’s a hard read. But I love reading excerpts from it. I agree about Great Expectations and I loved Tale of Two cities. Thank you for sharing.
JBFR rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #3 on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: thank you very much. have a great day
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I actually love Norman Reedus. I never listened to anything of is but sad to hear it was confusing.
Response: I love him too, just not in this narration. I've been spoiled by really excellent narrators, I guess.It's definitely a different skill than acting on film! I will try the eBook. The concept still sounds good! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: That was a wonderful write up. Thank you
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely letter you sent with the traveling PCs. It's highly appreciated. And I agree, Cary Cooper and Cary Grant are wonderful too.
Response: You are welcome! Just re-watched Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace that came up on the Movies! channel this morning. It never gets old! lol! Thanks for the heart!
PrincessLeia rated for Travelling Book Card #48 on Sep 25, 2022
Comment: Hi Carol, Thankyou for forawrding the book card. Love the stamps too! ❤️❤️❤️ have a great day!
Response: So glad you liked the stamps! Thanks for the hearted 5!
ktk8 rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #120 on Sep 19, 2022
Comment: Oh what a fun card to complete and send home...... I love the butterfly card....... Many hearts for you.... and THANKS....
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart!
LilacSilence rated for Travelling Book Card #47 on Sep 18, 2022
Comment: Hello Carol, thank you for the travelling book card and your lovely description of Arizona and your recommended books. Expect to hear from me (hopefully soon) - I will brag about my country :)
Response: I will LOVE hearing about it! I know next to nothing about it. Thanks for the heart!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Junk Journal #23 on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: Love your spread! so colorful and the layout is lovely!!
Response: Thanks so much! I enjoy making these. Thanks for the heart!
lrm1980 rated for Junk Journal #23 on Sep 13, 2022
Comment: What a great spread! Thank you for sharing!
Response: Thank you! and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hi Carol, thanks for the postcard. Wow what a view!
Response: Glad you liked it!
ReginaDrago rated for Travelling book card #49 on Sep 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
bluehairedmary rated for Ugly PC Swap #59 on Sep 10, 2022
Comment: Thanks! Definitely a drab card! Like who sends this with the message, “Having fun in Tennessee! Wish you were here!”
Response: Hahaha! RIght! Well, we got a laugh out of it at least! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I'll pass them along.
Comment: Thanks for sharing! The only one I've even heard of was The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.
Response: I loved that. I haven't started the next one yet, but I definitely want to read more of their adventures! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I enjoyed reading your comments on the books you read. And I've added The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter to my own to-be-read list!
Response: It was a fun read, I thought! I loved recognizing many of the characters from other Victorian era stories. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for sharing! What a nice idea to write some quotes at the end of your letter... "The shadow of the wind" is one of my favourite books ever! 💕
Response: That was a beautiful story! I want to read instead of listen to the next one. Thanks for the heart!
pernie123 rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 5 on Aug 30, 2022
Comment: Nicely described, but I don't think this book attracts my interest. Very hot and humid in VT today. Sorry that summer is leaving us.
Response: Yeah, it's not one I'll be recommending. Thanks for the heart!
wolfeagle rated for Postcard Trade on Aug 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you. This is a fun one.
Response: Thanks! I was pretty happy with what I figured out. I'm curious to see how it turns out after everyone has worked on it! They are always so interesting! Thanks for setting up this swap! And thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! Very interesting recommendation! And I like the Tolstoi card!
Response: Yay! I hoped you would like that one! A classic for sure! Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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SeleneW on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my my mail box this month! The finish of the AMA HD/HP P&P which is just simply gorgeous! I love it! Thank you again! <3 <3

simcoe54 on Sep 15, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

DaisyNY on Jul 21, 2022:

In case you were wondering how this turned out:

wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

BigSockTramp on Sep 3, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to the AMA collab PC (#96-97)! I love that it ended up looking kind of like a PSA against domestic violence or promoting safer sex. https://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/public-service-announcement?context=album&albumId=2496677%3AAlbum%3A2561375

WoodlandBanshee on May 17, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution and sending home this great Collaboration postcard.

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