Swap-bot Time: August 3, 2021 8:15 am


Date Joined: September 27, 2017
Last Online: August 2, 2021
Birthday: November 23
Country: United States

About Me

I live in central Texas with three precocious cats, in order of age (NOT intelligence): LuLu (male), Baxter, and Cookie. I enjoy
* reading,
* paper crafting,
* journaling,
* planning,
* essential oils,
* knitting,
* gardening/xeriscaping,
* coloring,
* yoga,
* memory keeping smash book style,
* snail mail/pen palling/happy mail/postcards, and
* Bible journaling and study.


I have always loved to read. I especially like mystery/thriller types of novels (John Grisham, Dean Koontz, Lee & Child) and the occasional romance. My current favorite series is about Armand Gamache and is written by Louise Penny. I don't typically re-read fiction, but this series I plan to!

My favorite books are The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Watchers by Dean Koontz.

My non-fiction shelves consist primarily of Bible studies & theology, yoga, and genealogy & history reference.

I always have one hard copy fiction, one audible fiction, and 1-2 Bible studies going at a time.

media favorites

I enjoy television more than movies because I appreciate the talent it takes to keep the audience involved for years in a plot. All time favorites include Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Alias, LOST, Big Bang Theory, and x-Files. I may have been a Survivor fanatic since it started. :)

I get hung up on fascinating podcasts sometimes. So much so that I want to take notes on them. Like Serial, Undisclosed, etc.

I spend too much time pinning things I'll never do on Pinterest or in craft swap Facebook groups.


I enjoy knitting (I can only do parallelograms - nothing fancy! - but I'm all about the scarves and potholders) and genealogy.

I'm still trying to find my paper crafting niche....I'm experimenting with making cards, pocket letters, embellishments, flip books, etc. I also love playing with paint. I use journaling cards, stickers, ephemera, etc. in my journals and planners. I use napkins for Bible journaling. So many napkins and bits and pieces that I love...I need to get into collages and glue books!

current junk journal themes that I'm collecting things for: * frogs,
* beach/sea,
* tea time,
* farm animal,
* bear,
* mouse

journaling & planning

I love memory keeping (smash book style, a little Project Life style) and planning. I've had a paper planner all my life and I love seeing more people getting involved in it. Some of the things I'm currently using:

  • Hobonichi cousin avec - memory keeping
  • Happy Planner classic - swap and pen pal logs
  • Happy Planner classic - scripture writing & gratitude
  • standard midori TN - planner
  • standard midori TN inserts - Bible studies, errand runner, craft supply inventory (it's a problem that I even need this)

favorite things

I collect/hoard journals and notebooks and office supplies and paper crafting supplies and napkins. It's an obsession.

I also collect mouse figurines and images, Gorjuss girl mini stamps, and location/vacation spoons.

I love butterflies, dragonflies, cats, and mice so they show up in my crafting a lot.

snail mail stuff

POSTCARDS! I love collecting postcards around the world and am a postcrosser! Please write a little about yourself... what makes your town special, what you're currently reading, what your plans are for the weekend. anything!. I love them addressed, written on, stamped, and well traveled!

PEN PALS! I love snail mail and would love to have more pen pals, especially outside the United States.

sending/receiving swaps

I mark items sent once I leave in an outgoing mail box or the post office itself. If I leave after my daily mail delivery, I assume the postmark is after the next day's delivery (and pickup) but considering how slow my mailman is, I can't guarantee it is even processed the same day! I try to compensate for this unknown in my sending. :)

If you don't receive, please PM me before rating. I may have a tracking number or other information to locate it and I am always willing to resend.

I rate upon receipt because that what I want people to do for me! But please know that I don't go to the post office to pick up mail every day. :)


Comment: Thanks for my cards.
Comment: Love the napkins and thanks for the extras, so nice of you!
nanadiana rated for Christian Postcard Swap #12 on Jul 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. Congratulations on retirement! You're going to love it! Yes, I did refine my interests when I retired. It was easier than I thought, although I still look at some things in my craft room and wonder if I really need them, or why I need more than one???? I'm sure you'lll have the time now, to figure out your true passions.
NatalieW rated for Playing Card Swap~Round #3~Swap #20 on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, didn't have either of these.
Panda1122 rated for WTL: Six washi for two partners #4 on Jul 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. The washi you sent are really nice πŸ™‚
TonyaAshe rated for MMHWH - 5 Paper Napkins Swap #7 on Jul 22, 2021
KSENiA rated for R&W: In June I read ... EMAIL on Jul 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing
Comment: Thankyou:)
carol rated for CL: Traveling Book Card round 34 on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Got it! Thanks! Love the calligraphy on the envie! Beautiful!
Comment: Thank you for all the cards you sent. I will be adding them to my stash to use this year.
USAFwife rated for R&W: In June I read ... EMAIL on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: The Stephanie Plum books .... I still read them, but because I can get them from the library and I know they'll be quick reads. I think it was around book 15 or 18 that I started to really loose interest. I liked the 'wicked' series that Evanovich did more, but she quit after only 3 books. :( Happy retirement! :)
LadyJo rated for TCHH-Something to do! on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Great swap! I will enjoy do these things when it is too hot to be outside! Thanks for joining! I might do it again sometime!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: In June I read ... EMAIL on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: I need to finish the Bridgerton series, I hope to read the last 2 Stephanie Plum ones eventually. I agree One by One wasn't her greatest book. Thanks for sharing1
lrm1980 rated for Book Pages Swap #5 βœ¨πŸ“œ on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the great book pages and washi tape!!
MeiMeiYuan rated for WTL: Pattern party! #2 on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely washis you sent! I can't wait to use them! πŸ₯°
Comment: Great cards! Thank you so much for the extras!
Comment: Thank you for the fun book pages and extra goodies
Comment: Thank you so much! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
leo67 rated for LSRUS-"Owned by a Cat"-US on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the AMAZING array of cat goodies. Sebastian says meow to Cookie, Baxter and Lulu!! <3
Comment: Hi! Thank you for the fun cards to add to my Franken deck! I appreciate the book & music pages too! β™₯️

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Rainydancer on May 13, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

thelocalman on Dec 15, 2019:

Just received your Texas Map Postcard. Thank you very much! Happy Holidays :)

thisismeAXiD on Nov 3, 2019:

Happy birthday month

OrigamiGrace on Apr 1, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


yvonne401 on Aug 17, 2018:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!



ChrisAnne on Aug 15, 2018:

Welcome to The Christian Heart and Home listed as The Christian Homestead (SB won’t let us change it). Glad to have you.

USAFwife on May 20, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending the additional information about Emily Dickinson! It was nice to learn a little more about her life. I appreciate you taking the time to send the additional information. :) Thank you! Cindi

Lucine on Dec 13, 2017:

Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy playing in my mini rubber stamp book:))

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