Swap-bot Time: October 15, 2021 7:02 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: October 15, 2021

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including a wide variety of bugs! Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008. It's mostly defunct, but it got me started! Now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

Drawing I started a daily drawing project at the end of 2019, and I'm still at it now in 2021! For the most part, I sketch birds or animals in pencil on ATC sized paper. I'm not sure I'm getting any better, but I'm proud of my collection!

∞ Rarely: Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


2021 It's taken a while to figure out who this year's critter is, but the Raccoons have definitely made an appearance in my l life!! 🦝🦝 It has been years since I've seen raccoons down at the little creek. But now we have a family of 4 kids (or 5?) who hang out near their den about 1/2 mile away. and there's a pair with one partner missing a tail (??!) And then there's just random sightings, not sure who they are, except they make me happy! :)

2020 Last year was my Year of the Lady Bug... and this year, seems to be the Year of the Roly-Poly! (also called Pill Bugs!) When they sense danger, they roll up into a sphere... if only humans could do that. Instead we are stuck with masks and social distancing!

2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

Postcards and Notecards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards and cards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Raccoons, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books, both dead-tree books and Kindle books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. The words I live by: I can't die until I've read all my books! ;)

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men This is such an important and informative book, I think Everyone should read it! And fortunately there's an easy solution to all the problems listed... more women in leadership positions, and more men Listening to women!
  • 2021 addition... Murderbot!!!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I ♥ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


9O96O rated for SPCP: Sender's Choice #322109 on Oct 13, 2021
Comment: Wow, what a great shot. You are right, everything came together well--the sky, the sunflowers in full bloom, the squirrel looking right at the camera, and the look on the his face. Thanks for so much for swapping with me Rift!
tatntole rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #266 on Oct 7, 2021
Comment: I love your photos, you are such a good photographer. Thank you.
tatntole rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #265 on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Your photos would make awesome postcards, they are beautiful. Thank you for the lovely notecard, sounds like you were very busy walking.
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations. If some of them are in our library, I will definitely check them out. If not, I have to wait until November to buy on Amazon because I've already spent my Amazon book budget for October!
jules4534 rated for Book you like PC #2 on Sep 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the book suggestion. I’ll have to check it out.
SunflowerRose rated for Book you like PC #3 on Sep 25, 2021
Comment: Loved my pc!! I hang it up.
lulu0621 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #263 on Sep 22, 2021
Comment: Hello Rift! Thank you for the lovely note card -- and the gorgeous photos! I just returned from a few days at Lake Erie, and I was feeling a bit down, but your note and photos cheered my day! Thank you!
MsBellaDonna rated for Book you like Pc #1 on Sep 15, 2021
Comment: I like this swap! I'm always open to new suggestions for books and it's fun when something is recommended that I might otherwise overlook. Thank you!
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #262 on Sep 14, 2021
Comment: Always great to have you as a partner. Thank you so much for sharing your weekend with me.
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #261 on Sep 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your letter. I have been to many of the same places. My vacation to Utah was wonderful and your letter reminded me of good memories.
sluvsm14 rated for Verlin's Birthday Card on Aug 30, 2021
megan1230 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #259 on Aug 29, 2021
Comment: ALWAYS a pleasure! I feel a little bad when I see you as my partner again but then I'm overcome with your gorgeous envelopes, beautiful cards, and stunning pictures! I love all your pictures so much! Thank you, thank you!
loverofpostcards rated for Self-printed Postcards #05 on Aug 28, 2021
Comment: Beautiful!!
dmwcheng rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #252 on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the notecard and the photos! =D
Kbrewste09 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #260 on Aug 27, 2021
Comment: Hi Rift! Thanks for the beautiful card with a matching stamp! How cool! Your trip sounds amazing. I love Utah. Did you get a chance to see the salt flats? That’s my favorite!
lrm1980 rated for Self-printed Postcards #05 on Aug 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful pc and very kind note. 💛
kelliegirl6 rated for Self-printed Postcards #05 on Aug 23, 2021
Comment: Great photo! I’ve never seen a Stellar Jay before. So cute! Thank you 😊
katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #258 on Aug 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome letter. Always love your pics. The heat wave was so horrible. Good luck on your road trip!
megan1230 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #257 on Aug 9, 2021
Comment: I die of happiness when I see that your my partner because your stories are so fun but your pictures are amazing! They all hang around my desk area! This swap did not disappoint! Thank you so much, as always!
Comment: Thank you so much, Rift! It was great to get you as a partner.

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katjalves on Aug 18, 2021:

Thank you for the extra card! Things have been so crazy. But love reading about your bird adventures. Hoping to write back soon.

VAgardengirlgirl on Oct 6, 2020:

Re:creepy Crawlies As a gardener, I see interesting creatures on a regular basis. I’m happy to be able to share! Thanks for the swap!

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2020:

Thanks so much for angeling TGIF #196 when my partner flaked on me. I loved the bluebird of happiness card, lovely pics and description of your hike and garden. Be well friend!

ayahsantos on Aug 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra postcard from PC Roulette July 2020! Take Care always!!

KaliOya on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the extra postcard you sent me for the PC Roulette July 2020. So impressed that you took this photo yourself! Catching such fast flyers is not easy task. I recently got a fairly good shot of a dragonfly. But not as spectacular as this shot of yours! Big fan of bees...and their honey:) We need them so much. Yellow Jackets too...they are perfectly created.

stephiedee on Aug 1, 2020:

I'm happy you really enjoyed the ATC RAK. Thank you for the special postcard - it did brighten my day...and I think it's a keeper for my 'favorite things' gluebook. 🤗

KarenFife on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for the surprise mail for Postcard Roulette! I absolutely love the bench photo made into a postcard. I MUST learn to do that! Any tips would be forever appreciated! Thanks for sharing your lovely work📷 with me.😍

myancey on Jul 27, 2020:

Thanks for the unassigned pic roulette chunk. I really appreciate it and I love the pc u cHose to send have a good day. And no have never read that book

MisplacedfromPA on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the bluebird post card for an unassigned partner in the July PC Roulette. One of our past times is watching the backyard birds. Happy to see you can enjoy some new "neighbors" too.

michlove on Jul 23, 2020:

 Thanks so much for angeling on TGIF #193. I adore the photos as well as the card and envelope. Oh, and the stamp. Your mail was very lovely and well put together. The description of your hike was great. This time of year, I have goldfinches in my sunflowers and the occasional house finch.

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