Swap-bot Time: May 27, 2024 9:59 pm


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: May 27, 2024
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome to my profile!

Quick overview about me:

I recently graduated with a degree in genealogy and family history research. I am studying to become a proofreader as well.

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis. If any of you have an autoimmune disease and/or inflammatory arthritis, I would love to hear your story and how you treat and cope.

My family consists of my husband and our five children, ranging in age from 23 to 11, and also one son-in-law! We have two cockatiels, 🦜 two diamond doves πŸ•ŠοΈ, one tortoise, 🐒 and a bearded dragon.🦎 We love exotic animals. I live in Arizona. Hot!!πŸ˜“(Stuff in the mail can melt!) 🫠

I love to send and receive snail mail. I have been here in the swap community for many years now and I have enjoyed swapping things with people from all over the world. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!


Colors: Any shade of green, my very favorite is dark/forest green. Purple is a close second. I especially enjoy green and purple in combination. That being said, I love all colors!

Animals: I love duck-billed platypuses, my all-time favorite animal. They are so fascinating! I love fascinating and unusual animals.

I also love: hedgehogs, Basset hounds, cockatiels, mallard ducks, walruses, sea horses, bearded dragons, and tortoises

Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading, diamond "painting," crocheting, knitting, adult coloring (especially color-by-number), recycling, proofreading, genealogy, jigsaw puzzles

Crafts: Crocheting and knitting. I also enjoy cross-stitching occasionally. I have tried ATCs in the past and enjoy those as well. I also love to color, especially adult color-by-number.

More detailed descriptions of what I like are below. (Feel free to read what you like and skip what isn't relevant.)

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit and crochet.

Note: If you have no use for your leftover yarn balls and you don't know what to do with them, feel free to send them my way! I make little things from yarn leftovers all the time, and I love to have variety in colors.

I love to color. It is very relaxing to me. Color-by-number is by far my favorite because it takes the "stress" of choosing colors out of the process.

My collections/FYI:

My collections: I love to collect NATIVITY Christmas tree ornaments. (Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, shepherds, and/or wise men.)

My other collections:

Anything with a platypus on it

Leftover yarn balls

Acrylic worsted-weight yarn

ATCs (especially profile-based ones)

Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings for pierced ears), handmade or store-bought

Christmas postcards, store-bought, blank/unused

Postcards (I prefer non-touristy, but I like all postcards.)

Advent calendars, Advent, the countdown to Christmas

Other things I LOVE:

My wish list:

Stories or anything relating to adoption (near and dear to my heart)

Anything from my collections section above! πŸ˜„

Nativity scenes

Pocket tissues with designs

Personal address labels

Adult color-by-number books, pages, photocopies, etc.

Washi tape (or any deco tape)

Perfume samples

Colorful pens

Gel pens

Colorful, fine-point permanent markers

Languages! Postcards, note cards, images, letters, etc. in a language foreign to English

Cultural diversity (all diversity, really)

Images of sunsets on the beach

Baymax from "Big Hero 6"

Sock monkeys

Handwritten letters and chatty notes (A letter from YOU would absolutely make my day!)

Decorative bandages (any and all designs or pictures)

Decorative/decorated envelopes, store-bought or handmade

Gift cards to any retailer


Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

Button up hanging kitchen towels, handmade or store-bought

Stickers (flat ones, not puffy, foam, or 3D)

Potholders/hot pads, handmade or store-bought

Piano or flute sheet music 🎢


Holiday cards (blank/unused) for any holiday: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc., store-bought or handmade

Hair accessories: barrettes, clips, headbands, etc.

Sugar-free mints or gum

Snow! Snowflakes and/or snow scenes. We don't get any snow here, and I'm glad, but I really think it's beautiful and sometimes I feel like I am missing out.

Wrapping paper/gift wrap (Christmas, birthday, all occasion, wedding, baby, etc.)

I am a fan of the paranormal, especially ghosts! I love ghost stories and personal paranormal accounts. I would LOVE to hear yours if you are willing to share your experience! (But please no bloody, gory, or dark.)

Anything from (or similar to) my etsy favorites

An Advent calendar (I love Advent calendars of any kind. I love the anticipation and countdown to Christmas and I love Advent.)

Anything that has to do with platypuses or has a platypus on it


Postcard Preferences:

I love virtually all postcards, but here is a list of the postcards I particularly enjoy:


Fluffy, soft animals, domestic or wild (photographs that make you want to touch or pet them)

Sea creatures, especially sea horses



Mallard ducks





Castles and palaces

Hawaii or other tropical places

Beautiful sunsets

Norman Rockwell paintings




Vintage (true vintage, not copies)


Multiview without borders (the pictures fade into each other and/or overlap)


Dogs, especially Bassett hounds


Airplanes in flight

Rainbows (photographs)



Autumn leaves or other Fall photographs

Nativity scenes

Native/cultural dress

Books/reading related


America's founding fathers

Holidays (any)

Black and white photographs

Anything related to my likes or collections above

A note about postcard preferences: If a swap asks for a choice, I most often prefer postcards sent blank in an envelope. I love swapping postcards, and it is nice to have variety in my stash. However, I enjoy almost as much receiving stamped and written postcards, especially if the postcard is from my postcard preferences list above, has a nice, chatty handwritten note on it, is nicely decorated, and/or has unusual postage stamps on the back. 🀩 Please feel free to send postcards any way you wish.


Thank you for swapping with me! I am easy to please, but after years of swapping experience I am adding a small "please don't send me" section:

Coffee or tea (Herbal tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or kool-aid-type packets are fine to replace these with in a swap.)

Macabre, bloody, gory, or demonic


Skulls (although I love Halloween, this is one thing I dislike, even cartoony ones. I do like full-body skeletons, though!)

"Bodice-ripper" novels

Stickers that don't stick well! (Pet peeve!)

Zazzle (or other printed) postcards

I don't really do scrapbooking or card-making.

I have all the notebooks and journals I need right now. However, I would love for you to send any of these items in a swap if they feature any of my favorites listed above!

Not a fan of primates (with the exception of sock monkeys, lemurs and their relatives, and humans, of course 😜)

Thank you!


Comment: Thank you for eclectic letter. :) Love the postcard - so cute!
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard letter!!!
SilverD rated for WIYM: National Train Day PC swap on May 26, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the train postcard. The Grand Canyon is pretty amazing. No picture can capture it's vastness. Hoping to visit again with family. We want to take a helicopter over the Canyon. Love the vintage stamps, thank you.
Comment: Thanks! Enjoyed reading your answers. Congratulations on your son's graduation.
soyprincesa2 rated for SCATTS - C - ROUND 14 - US ONLY on May 25, 2024
Comment: Love this code of the west postcard. And we both said Cutie for nickname. Love it! Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards!!
Egga22 rated for I SPY - Postcard Swap - Fine Art on May 23, 2024
Comment: Beautiful art piece! I have bot heard of this artist either. Thx for swapping! Btw LOVE THE STAMPS!
susieq11 rated for PTG: Sticker Bomb Postcard on May 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you! Love the stickers and postage stamps you used! I too LOVE stickers!! They are so fun! : )
LadyJo rated for PTG: Pick One Postcard on May 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the Cacti postcard! None of those here, lol!
kssunlover1947 rated for Nebraska Day PC swap on May 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great Nebraska card. I have been there many times. In Sept 2011 when we took our last trip together we came through Nebraska on our way home. One of the places we stopped was Carhenge because our grandson wanted to see it. It was kind of fun. From the road it looks like just a pasture with old cars but when you walk through it you really see the interesting things all through it that they have done with the cars, trucks and car parts. Have a great day.
Comment: Thank you so much! Hope you are well! Best and cheers!
ccmmsu rated for Bird Watching via PCs - May 2024 on May 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the eagle postcard! It's so fun seeing all the different birds that come in through these swaps. I hadn't heard of a diamond dove before, so I looked them up. They're so pretty!
Comment: Ah such a cute card! Love the idioms too! This was certainly a fun swap!! Have a great day! xGabi
Comment: Great ones! Amazing, I didn't come up with any of those! I love them :-) I love the Alaska PC. Really captures those first 2 idioms, for sure! Thanks for your thoughtfulness. Hope to see you in the next idioms swap :-)
JuneRosebud rated for SMSUSA: Scattegories #15 K on May 20, 2024
Comment: Hi Marinda, Great answers, like usual. I thought K was a bit harder than most of the ones we've done already. Oh, yes, we do have good berries up here=) Have fun on your trip!!
debbiespoms rated for SCATTS - B - ROUND 14 - US ONLY on May 19, 2024
Comment: Thanks Marinda for the Boats PC and your "B" answers. I enjoyed reading what you put down. Esp. for the Forever stamps: Babies. Good one!
LadyJo rated for PTG: Deer Postcard on May 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the deer plus love the other animals on this pc too! We do see deer cross our farm fields here. A beautiful sight for sure!
SkaGirl rated for I SPY Postcard swap - SPRING SCENE on May 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you! :)
Gamanana0022 rated for LSRUS: Send a PC-USA on May 15, 2024
Comment: Thankyou!!!

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