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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: February 20, 2024

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2023: A Year of Deserts

Updated 16 December 2023

To open my washi-covered envelopes, tamp the contents to one end of the envelope and, at the other end, snip off a bit of a corner, a little triangle. Insert a letter opener or scissors into the gap; and pull across the edge of the envelope, in the same direction as the washi tape. Here's an album of my washi-covered envelopes and some I received. Scroll slowly so your computer has time to resolve the details in each photo.

In June I went to Israel for ten days, for a friend's wedding, sightseeing, and a side trip to Petra. I recommend Yad Vashem, the Holocaust center in Jerusalem, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. I stayed in Caesarea, a nice walk to Roman ruins and the beach.

In April I went to Las Vegas. The weather was perfect, in the 80s. We went to Joshua Tree National Park (a UNESCO biosphere reserve) and saw the desert in bloom. Many flowers were quite tiny, from long-dormant seeds waiting for the wet winter, and there were desert dandelions, as prolific there as in our lawn.

In February I went to Southern Africa and took a lot of photos — how could I not? It was one of the best trips ever.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. We are vegetarians, doing our bit for climate change. I make challah every Friday for Shabbat.

I'm a retired software engineer and web application architect. Here's a tip: test all the links aka URLs in your profile. More than a few profiles have links that don't go anywhere. Send me a message if you have a question.


I'm swapping naked postcards on Postcrossing and blank postcards on Swap-bot. It makes it easy to organize my incoming mail.

I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing. Please send colorful and cheerful postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends. I appreciate quality over quantity.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts.
Bent corners, a sure sign a postcard has been through more than a few swaps. Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends. Print on demand postcards like Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. Not childish like Distributed by Michael's Inc. designs. Please, no junk.

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 enjoy most characters, especially San-X.

About Japanese kawaii brands: See Pattie's exhaustive list on the KSU group page. Counterfeit sticker flakes are turning up everywhere, from Ali Express and some sellers on Etsy. If it's a Sanrio character and doesn't have a copyright date, it's fake. If it's San-X and largish with thick lines, it's not the real thing. If the price is great, it's probably counterfeit.

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.

No, thank you

  • Chocolate. This is a new allergy and I'm struggling to give it up.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Ephemera, scrapbook paper, die cuts, and the like. I won't use them.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers, and washi tape. The extras I send are more of what the swap is for, e.g., an extra postcard or kawaii sticker flakes. Sometimes I write long chatty notes.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians. Most flavored teas aren't kosher.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Pigs
  • Planner items. My iPhone is my calendar.
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse those bubble mailers!
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org.
  • Unicorns, except the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


fruitbat5150 rated for KSU: KWIK KAWAII/JN,MM on Feb 18, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the assortment of kawaii! All the washi tape on your envie will find its way into my journals. Hurray for glue!
Response: You're welcome. I'm pleased when people tell me they will reuse my washi tape.
Comment: Thank you for the resend. It arrived today! Lots of nice patterned washi tapes you have. Thank you. Amazing! The orignal arrived today (one day after your resend) postmarked jan 2. received jan 30. The resend has no post mark at all on it! received jan 29th. Sorry you had to resend .... I will send back the extra washi you sent along - you can use it in another swap. Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. I arrived home from Amsterdam last night and I'm catching up. I'm glad both arrived. Yes, I have quite a bit of washi tape... not quite too much!
Comment: Thank you for the great cards, note and washi envelope!!!
Response: You're welcome! I aim to please.
Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: You're welcome. I'm seeing more of the world than the US these days.
dartha rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #10M on Jan 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you Meredith for the cool Italian postcards and the stamps - Love them! thanks so much, darla
Response: You're welcome. I'm always glad to share a wonderful trip.
Comment: Thank you for map envelope and all the fun goodies! Instant insiration. :)
Response: You're so welcome! I have Bauhaus paper too and wanted to send you something else that wasn't from Germany. 😊
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Ya basic on Jan 9, 2024
Comment: Wow wow wow wow wow!!!!! How can mere words tell you how awesome this swap is? Totally starting 2024 off with a bang!!
Response: I aim to please! You're welcome. Thanks for hosting the swap.
Comment: Thank you very much for the generous stack of postcards and your letter explaining your choices. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me and love the PCs you selected. Not everything is butterflies and flowers, and I think it serves us well to acknowledge it all. LANDBACK and I'm glad you're living my in a time and place where your survival is a little less threatened day to day than in historic times.
Response: You're welcome. I've been reading about the Land Back movement - thank you for telling me about it.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely goodies! It was fun trying to find your postage stamps among all the deco tape :D
Response: You're welcome! A scavenger hunt!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful sticker flakes! Love them all!
Response: You're welcome! I enjoy choosing them for you.
susieq11 rated for Note on a Postalette 12 on Dec 30, 2023
Comment: LOVE the Yellow Submarine postalette - I have a bunch of the Chronicle Books pads of postalettes. So fun!! I hope you had a good holiday season. I usually bake up a storm but it was limited this year - I was so not into it, lol! We are doing our family gift exchange today and I made iced gingerbread and brownies. It has been rainy here too - misty a lot, yuck. Wishing you all the best in the New Year! Thanks so much for joining my swaps!! XOXO
Response: You're welcome. You have a sharp eye for stationery!
Comment: Thanks for a great swap!
Response: You're welcome!
Ikat78 rated for IFM: Washi Envelope on Dec 28, 2023
Comment: Love all the washi samples. Where do you get your washi? Thank you for the postcards. 😊
Response: Most of the tapes on your envelope are from PaperGame and PaperTreatsShop
Candace rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #39 - US on Dec 26, 2023
Comment: ooh the coconut lemon cake sounds fabulous! Happy New Year :)
Response: LMK if you'd like me to email you the recipe for the coconut lemon cake.
TeaNi rated for CPG Just a Note + Tuck In #40 - Global on Dec 23, 2023
Comment: all the foods you mentioned had my mouth watering! Thank you for the firendly chatty note & fun tuck-ins! :)
Response: You're welcome. I love chatting about food.
Vickyen rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #10L on Dec 23, 2023
Comment: Hi Meredith! Your envie was decorated so cute! Thank you for the fun assortment of pcs as well! You are right, the Edition Tamsendschoe cards do look vintage - so pretty! Wishing you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome! Best wishes for a merry Christmas!
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #55 on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Oh wow! Thank you for all the postcards and the extra one! I love them! The woodland creatures ones are adorable!
Response: You're welcome! I have too many postcard and am always happy to share.
Comment: What a great postcard and stamp - perfect for the season, thank you so much! Hoping to amp up my reading again after all the rush of holiday stuff! Thanks for joining my swap! : )
Response: You're welcome. I love the swaps you host!
Bavarija rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #10K on Dec 19, 2023
Comment: Thank you for amazing cards!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Great package of postcards. Thanks
Response: You're welcome. I strive to please!

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susieq11 on Jan 23, 2024:

Have a fabulous trip!!! : )

phillaine on Jan 23, 2024:

Hi Meredith. Just saw the date on the calendar and wanted to wish you happy travels. I hope you have THE MOST FUN!! ♥ Amsterdam is incredible, and I'm so excited for you to visit!

Highlander18 on Jan 19, 2024:

❤️❤️❤️Wow!! Thank you very much for Jan MAW - Oh so wonderful postcards from my profile - You send the best!! Your washie-covered envie is your signature!!

OrigamiGrace on Jan 18, 2024:


for the lovely pc RAK!! I am so jealous of your upcoming travels!! My daughter went last springs for tulips and van gogh!! We're stuck here til at least May on elderly parent duty! Love the pcs, much much appreciated! Stay warm:)

phillaine on Jan 14, 2024:

p.s. your washi envelope is SO pretty, and has one of my favorite washi tapes-- the blue and gold rowhouses. I already have it packed up with another wish to send along this month. ♥

phillaine on Jan 14, 2024:

I very much enjoyed reading your letter, and thank you for the thoughtful and lovely treats you sent me for my January wish list. I LOVE lemon and coconut, and can't wait to try that cake! Yummmm... I'll write back soon. :)

LadyJo on Jan 12, 2024:

Thank you for the WW January wishes of postcards that are Valentine Day themed! This will be put to great use! All the best!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 9, 2024:

Thank you for the kawaii letter sets you sent me for my January WW! I appreciate that you shared your new sets with me. Have a safe and fantastic vacation! You definitely deserve it.

lindseyjae on Jan 8, 2024:

Thank you for the lovely assortment of European postcards!!! I love all of them! I hope you have a great time on your trip to Amsterdam! (WW January)

OrigamiGrace on Dec 28, 2023:


for the sweet postcard! Happy New Year!

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