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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: August 1, 2021

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On My Mind

Updated July 9, 2021

I'm a retired software engineer and application architect. I'm working on websites for a couple of nonprofit organizations. I've learned when people ask me to build a website, I ask them to prepare content, enough for 30 webpages. That's often when their dream dies.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. These days I'm simplifying complicated recipes, like crustless cheese-less quiche with three ingredients plus salt, pepper and herbs. What are your favorite foods? How do you make them? I drink lots of tea, mostly herbal now, if a swap suggests sending tea in sealed packets.

Sometimes I make fancy envelopes and some are pretty good. The best ideas come from mail art that I receive, like tearing a map to cover the front of an envelope. I have lots of Japanese washi tape and often use just that on outgoing envelopes. Some people tell me they pull it off the envelopes I send and reuse it. I would love to receive unused vintage US postage stamps or unused postage stamps from other countries to decorate envelopes. Lots of Stamps on an Envelope swap requirements don't say they all need to be from my country!

I enjoy writing and often send letters or longish notes with swaps, even when they aren't required. That's the extra I send. I'd love to receive lined letter paper, folded or not.

Traveling is my greatest love. I worked and lived in Israel and India and lived in Paris, all places I enjoy despite not having time for sightseeing. (I never went up the Eiffel Tower.) Until the pandemic I traveled quite a bit. Now I'm waiting to see where I can go next. My niece just received her PhD in plant pathology from Stanford and is taking time off before her first job. We are talking about where we might go. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes and written, naked postcards. I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing; I set them aside so I won't send them for Swap-bot swaps. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder. Please send nice, colorful postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends.

If you're sending me a naked postcard, please send one that's a favorite of yours, sender's choice or for a swap with a theme.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts. Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3. (Lucky you if there's a Half Price Books near you.)

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at faux Starbucks.

I'd appreciate stickers and memos for mail art: faux postage, letters, writing implements, and stationery.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, and pastel Sentimental Circus.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

No, thanks. Poo and bottoms aren't kawaii to me. 3D stickers from sheets and sticker flakes, especially PVC and puffy. Real photos made cute aren't so cute to me. Unicorns are too sweet for me.

Books I Recommend

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
  • Book club books: Nemesis by Philip Roth, a novel about the polio epidemic; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Pulitzer Prize winner The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • A Promised Land. Barack Obama's memoir, read by Barack Obama
  • The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I read and loved the first three books in the series The Queen's Thief ages ago and will backtrack to 4 and 5 in the series.
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old, a poignant and sometimes hilarious account of aging.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. I read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of his feminist novels. It amazed us that his characters feel contemporary.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. It's excellent and deeply discouraging.
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley. YA fantasy

No, thank you

  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it. I drink lots of tea!
  • Ephemera, scrap book paper, and the like. I'm not very good at paper craft. My phone is my planner and my journal is unadorned.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi tape.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Please, not those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Scenery Cartoons Retro Postcards.
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org: People can be exposed to thirdhand smoke by touching contaminated surfaces (absorption through the skin).
  • Unicorns, unless they are images of the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


sebastian122 rated for KSU: Small Kawaii Surprise on Jul 31, 2021
Comment: You deserve a skillion hearts. Thank you for such an awesome swap! You're such a sweetheart.
Response: You're welcome! I've been setting aside surprises for you for a while and this swap was the perfect time to send them.
Comment: Thank you so much for these beautiful postcards!!
Response: You're so welcome!
Comment: Thanks for an awesome swap! Glad to hear you are getting out and about, I think we have a short window before the next wave hits:(
Response: You're welcome. Out and about, yes, and masked. It's also a help because fires in Manitoba affect our air quality: the AQI is Unhealthy.
susieq11 rated for AN: Matchy Matchy (global) on Jul 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the pretty flowery bird items! I love them! And always a great mail art envelope. I hope your work is going well and that you cleared out a yoga space! : )
Response: You're welcome! I'm still decluttering the yoga space though I am making progress!
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcards and the extras! I don't mind getting swaps from you. I enjoyed your note as well!
Response: You're welcome! I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt!
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful envelope, fabulous postcards and note. It was amazing.
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like the whole package!
Comment: Meredith, I received your swap on Friday but I was out of town and had just returned. Thank you for the sticker flakes! It's always nice to get a swap from you. I've been hearing a lot about Noom and want to try it myself. Hope you're doing well!
Response: You're welcome! We are just back from out of town too. Lots of good podcasts carried us through Wisconsin's monoculture landscape.
sebastian122 rated for KSU, Let's Go! on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks for hosting, and for taking a journey with me and the gang. ;-)
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for joining. Like you, it's easy to host a swap when I notice I have enough pieces for a good theme.
Highlander18 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #217 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Great interesting cards - all six for a five-card swap!!! Nicely decorated and love the return address in stamp style!! Thank you very much!!
Response: You're welcome! Once it's over an ounce, it doesn't cost anything to add another one. Especially because i have more than two dozen boxes of 100!
Comment: I was so happy when I opened the envelope... those are three amazing cards you picked! Lucky me. The Whitney is my favorite museum in NYC though I don't remember seeing that exact painting there. Take care!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the lovely rating!
denimblu14 rated for FIREWORKS Postcard on Jul 19, 2021
Comment: Love the fireworks reflection postcard Meredith thank you very much :)
Response: You're very welcome! A friend went there to gamble and all she got was a handful of postcards for me!
asddsa28 rated for KSU: 20 LARGE memos #3 on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: thank you! i love the ball cat and dog memos there so cute!
Response: Your'e welcome!
LadyJo rated for Send 3 From the List #18 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome swap of things! I will have fun using these items to send more happy mail! I hope you have more pleasant summer weather!
Response: You must have just picked up your mail! I'm glad you like everything.
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for promptly rating the swap.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thanks for recommending me to join KSU and also for all the kawaii items you’ve included for me😆😆 a super happy mail in my mailbox. Maybe I ask where did you get the nekoni brand sticker sheets from? I also really love the washi tape you used for the envie with the ink bottles 😍😍
Response: You're welcome! I enjoyed making happy mail for you. I first spotted Nekoni on papertreatshop.com. An Etsy search for "nekoni stickers" has a huge result set.
nanadiana rated for BEVERAGE Postcard on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard. I love that the beverage swap has a puppy on it too! It's so sweet! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I enjoy those Japanese postcards too.
Comment: Hi Meredith! I love the Narwhal ship PC!!! Oh I am tired of home cooking too- nothing seems to be of interest to anyone so we are grabbing most meals on the go-- not so healthy all the time but.. oh well.. LOL! hope you are doing well! x gabi
Response: I'm glad you like the narwhal. This evening we had omurice for dinner: Trader Joe's Japanese fried rice with a simple omelet draped over it and topped with ketchup. An easy and yummy dinner at home. More than a few of my shortcuts come from TJ's!
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for all the bunnies. Everything is so cute. I totally forgot that some of the Sentimental Circus characters are bunnies, lol. Thank you again!
Response: You're welcome! I confess that I looked online to make sure Shappo is a bunny. In fact, his official name is Rabbit Shappo.
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #28 on Jul 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the great non-touristy pcs. I always love receiving Lantern Press!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad I have a stack of Lantern Press postcards!
Comment: Thank you. I like the name, Kabuki. ha ha I hope it's a little cooler there now.
Response: You're welcome. I was happy to have a card that wasn't from my country and wasn't from your country!

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kiddomerriweather on Jul 21, 2021:

Thanks for the extra PC’s you sent. I was thrilled with the Badlands one especially. I’m supposed to be taking a road trip there with a pen pal later in the year.

LadyJo on Jul 17, 2021:

Thank you for the WW of July wishes! I love these Lantern press National parks! Never been to any of these but maybe sometime!

kiddomerriweather on Jul 14, 2021:

Awww! Thank you. You are so sweet and generous.

Autist on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you for the WW of Postcards! I love the vintage Mickey ones the Pluto one was my fave! the Doctor who one is pretty cool. They will all be very useful! Cheers, Evan

kiddomerriweather on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you for the NP Lantern Press PC's for my July WW! I've never received any of these before, but have always wanted some. I DO consider them touristy.

Zefaniya on Jul 12, 2021:

Thank you so much for all the kawaii flakes for WW July wishes! i think you might be right about the Little twin stars envelope but it’s still cute!

Lonestarchild on Jul 12, 2021:

Thanks so much for the vintage postage for July WW. I love this stuff -- don't know why I get such a kick out of using it! Thank you!

Highlander18 on Jul 11, 2021:

Thank you for the July WW - a fun postcard - will look up James Jean.

susieq11 on Jul 7, 2021:

Thank you very much for the postcards RAK! I am digging them, thanks a lot! As always I love your mail art too. Thank you for thinking of me. xoxo

sebastian122 on Jul 7, 2021:

Hi!! Got another too cool postcard AND a wonderful RAK from you today. Thanks for spoiling me. XOXO

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