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midwestkiwi

midwestkiwi
Date Joined: June 9, 2010
Last Online: April 17, 2024

Country: United States

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Previous to 2/27/24, I last logged on in December 2017, so it's been a minute. I'd like to start sending and receiving happy mail again.

That three is really old. I earned it during a really difficult time, and I'll own it.

Swap specifics

I'm rebuilding my profile as it occurs to me.

I pledge to rate. Please do not send extras to get a heart, I prefer them not. The only extras that interest me are an "ope" or anything kiwi--except not a live one, either the bird or any celebrity!

If we are partnered for a stuff the envie type swap, anything goes, so long as it is not smelly or dirty. Useful would be collage or junk journal materials, postcards, recipe cards, or stickers.

Did you know that a group of kiwis is a tribe?

Postcards: I like mine naked and tattooed. My grands homeschool, so if there is an educational aspect (map, state facts, historical information, monument, motto, scenic byway...) they usually end up in some curriculum kits to them.

Kiwi Quirks

The garden is my most happy place. I tend to grow what I can't source fresh locally. It is satisfying to put away the bounty of the seasons.

I detest housework and glitter. I enjoy magpie journals and collaging. My houseplants are my accountability partners

I didn't realize that junk journals were an official, recognized genre until I came here. Pocket journals are my most favorite, but pocket pages? Meh, I will only pillage its contents and cast it aside. Isn't your pocket page worthy of better?

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

I collect (and hoard, although they are creeping into my collages) single comic panels with the subject either making only a face or a gesture, or uttering only a sound or expletive. An "ope" remains elusive but tops my list.

If you plop me down in a strange city, I'm going to make a beeline for the market.

No i-deer. What do you call a deer with no eyes or legs?

Remember hardware stores? The ones where you could hand the older gent* behind the counter one-half of a piece of something that you needed to fix and he'd make his way around the counter and down the aisles and show you what you needed and ask a couple of questions to ensure that was all you really needed to make the repair? Or you could drop off your perfectly good stand mixer that just needed a grease replacement and pick it up good as new the next week?

Still no i-deer.

*I was a child the first time I needed a nut or bolt or oddment, so for all I know the "old gent" was 30. As a young housewife, the "old gent" was most certainly ancient and kindly, and cemented in my mind the picture of the hardware store proprietor, before hardware store proprietors went away.

Ampersands: I think I rescued my first one from one of those cheesy Mr. & Mrs. wedding reception decoration sculpture sets that were all the rage a few years ago. It was funny to me to display it all by its lonesome, apropos of nothing. Then it deputized a posse.

I lean towards the irreverent and enjoy a well-crafted naughty joke. I don't mind an F-bomb; I can string together expletives with the best of them--I learned to curse in the military and I can't think of a better way to celebrate a stubbed toe. I am only offended by a deliberately hurtful jibe.

There was a woman (I'm pretty sure it was a woman) of some celebrity who, when asked during an interview about moving on from relationships or something like that, answered that she simply determined that she wasn't meant to continue her journey with that person any longer. She bore them no ill will, she just wasn't going to travel onward with them. I try to practice that, but sometimes, I do hold a grudge. See deliberately hurtful jibe, above.

So you like an A-B-C list?

If not, you can skip it and still learn a lot about me elsewhere. I find them efficient and tiresome by turns, so tally me uncommitted. (I skipped the ones that I couldn't think of a word or phrase for ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )

Likes:
A - Ampersands. See Kiwi Quirks, above.
B - Books. There's not much I find not to like about books.
C - Chickadees. I like most birds, but chickadees will eat from my hand.
F - Food. Regional food, street food, seasonal food, carnival food.
G - I celebrate groundhog day, but groundhogs need to live their own lives away from me
H - Hardware stores. See Kiwi Quirks, above.
T - I like TV. I realize most content is banal, which is comforting. I liked soap operas. Now, I like cooking competitions (Top Chef Wisconsin anyone?!)
Z - Zentagles, Zetti

Dislikes:
C - "Conflate," used aloud; it is a written word, like, "Exclaim."
G - Glitter. I'm not going to rate you down for a glittered note card, but it really is wasted on me. The dust bunnies try to eat it, and it's not good for them.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter!
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Comment: Thank you for the enjoyable letter! I enjoyed reading about happenings in your area! Sounds lovely growing veggies! Love Farmer's Markets and Greenhouse shopping as well!
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Comment: will pass along! Hope you were able to see the total solar eclipse. I live in the path of it, was so cool to see!!
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Comment: I feel you on that customer service stuff. Especially since I really strive to give good service where I work.
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Comment: I’m so happy that you were able to experience totality and had a bit of a totality high! The whole experience sounds incredibly exciting!
lob rated for April is Letter Writing Month April 5 on Apr 11, 2024
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Comment: I enjoyed your letter and the map from the Johnny cash song. Now that's a rabbit hole I could spend a lot of time looking through places in the song. Thanks for hosting these swaps as well!
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Comment: Thank you for the poem and your lovely letter! <3
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Comment: Thank you! Love the Easter card.
debbee2014 rated for Pocket Journal Tag Themed #1 on Apr 11, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for a beautiful blue pocket journal tag. I love it. It is stuffed with so many blue items. I like how you recycled items too. I was looking for purple coneflower seeds to plant in my front flower garden. thank you - I cant wait to get out and start playing in my gardens.
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Comment: Lovely letter. What is it though about things exploding? You talked of your pie. Well, we stopped for breakfast before our plane trip back to Pa from Texas, on April 1st. I ordered eggs benedict but with a hard poached egg, not soft poached. When I put the knife in to cut down, it exploded with a pop and egg and Hollandaise sauce went everywhere, including my hair, face, clothes, table, booth and floor. It shocked me and everyone around us. I do think Mother Nature has a sense of humor to play such a joke on me. At least our "exploding" trees, pies and eggs, make a great memory. Have a great day. Happy Swapping.
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Comment: Thank you for the handmade card. If it came from an Audubon calendar I'm guessing it is close up bird feathers. But it almost looks like a microscopic view of a butterfly.
Taimat rated for CPG-N: List Lovers Swap #16 - US on Apr 2, 2024
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Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely postcard! I completely understand not finishing books. Sometimes they just don't "spark joy," you know? I've tried to get my spouse to stop reading books that make him miserable, but he's very much of the idea that, once he starts it, he must finish it. So he continues to read it and just complains at me the whole time. XD I'm much better at dropping books than he is. Thank you for joining my swap, and have an awesome day!
Response: There are too many good books waiting to suffer through a bad [to me] one. Usually I will read the last few pages of any fiction before discarding just to determine if I should in fact find out how the end became the end. If I can satisfactorily fill in the blank with yadayadayada, I'm done.
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Comment: thank you for the card.
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Comment: Nice! I love pockets, too...loved your pocket full of notes! We have had goofy weather here..summer one day, winter the next...today was 60 and windy so it didn't feel like 60. I about wore myself out this afternoon in my garden I got the bright idea to move the raised beds, meaning I have to dig up dirt and move it... whew...
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Comment: Thank you, will be passing along ASAP!
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Comment: I'll pass the postcard on in the next round! Thank you for the sticker! 🙂
FairyThyme rated for Use It Up! on Sep 27, 2017
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Lilpurplepig rated for HMPC: Put a "Cat" on it on Sep 12, 2017
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Comment: Thank you for the great PC! I love how you incorportated the eclipse into it. And I love the eclipse stamp, they are by far my favorite stamp ever. The next eclipse will be centered 25 minutes from my house. Actually where I work in Ennis, TX. To tell you the truth I did not even get tot see the eclipse, I had to be at work, so I was driving. It did get a little darker and cooler. lol Maybe in 2024 I will get to see it.
ktk8 rated for Pass and Paste PC #39 on Sep 6, 2017
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Comment: Oh wow what a beautiful envelope to start off with..... and then a great card to work on... I am so honored.....wow!! fun fun fun!

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Comments

Rabbitfreedom on Apr 5, 2024:

Let's try that again! I can't thank you enough for the Amazing HP stamps that you sent me! I had these way back when, but then I used them! I am going to frame these! Also loved the rabbit stickers too! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Rabbitfreedom on Apr 5, 2024:
hazelwitch3 on Apr 4, 2024:

Thank you so much for the RAK envelope that arrived this morning! I'm putting one together for you .... watch your mailbox!

MissPaula on Apr 2, 2024:

Thanks so much for the fun RAK! I love the Dear Mom, and the cute bird stuff! Love it!

groundhogstamper on Mar 31, 2024:

What a sweet thank you note you sent to me. Not expected but so appreciated. I'm glad you like those cute little otters!

marinda on Mar 30, 2024:

Thank you so much for the generous RAK of goodies in my mailbox from your box of stuff! I loved everything you sent me. It really made my day! I hope you have a wonderful day too! 💗 ((hugs))

hazelwitch3 on Mar 30, 2024:

I fully agree -- that postcard deserved to be sent naked! Thanks so much -- it made me smile when it arrived this morning. And it beat the envelope which hasn't arrived yet.

wolfeagle on Mar 29, 2024:

TY

For the envelope and postcard!

fishsteak on Mar 28, 2024:

Thank you for the RAK envelope!

chimerix on Mar 26, 2024:

Thank you for the fun envelope of dragons, balloons and AIW. I especially like the tiny pocket dragon - LOL. Thank you for sharing your stash with me. Aloha!

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