Swap-bot Time: June 29, 2022 8:46 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: June 29, 2022

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


∞ 2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

∞ 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 β™₯ 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.


lrm1980 rated for Flower Power, the 2022 Edition #4 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: I love the rainbow-y tulip photo! It makes such a lovely notecard, and I really enjoyed reading your note. Thank you!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #300 on Jun 26, 2022
Comment: The hot cocoa photo is amazing!
Comment: Hi Rift, Your card is beautiful and so is your drawing! Thanks for the lesson, I like learning new things LOL. Sorry I don't do any gardening, I don't have the patience, but do love all the goodies from my friends gardens. Good thing they love to share, which I am certain you do too. Good luck on the squash. Have a great summer, Luisa
rsj244 rated for Flower PC Swap R3 on Jun 18, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful photo you took for this postcard! Love these flowers so much! Thank you for joining my swap. I hope we can again soon. βœŒπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ˜Š
Comment: Love swapping with you!
CAMedford rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #299 on Jun 17, 2022
Ramya rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #298 on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the very enjoyable card, photos and written messages! We don't have the Lazuli Bunting here but gosh so many Robins and Sparrows among scads of other birds right now. The quail are so fun to watch. I think it is great that you walk to your garden "patch." I hope you can figure out how to manage the beetle situation! BTW I have the bluebird wildlife license plate! Happy Swaps
Unbijou rated for Flower PC Swap R2 on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful columbines-purple is my fav color πŸ’œ
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #297 on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: All this talk of fruits and veggies is making me hungry - ha ha :)
hazelwitch3 rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #11 on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Well done, Rift, you got lots done this fortnight! And you've definitely got much more done on your garden than I have ....:-) We started with No-Mow May (allowing the grass to grow so that the wild flowers have a chance) but at the moment it's turning into No-Mow June and beginning to look a bit jungle-like.
colleenbUSA rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #11 on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: You did a great job! I'm not big on squash.
klaml653 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #295 on May 31, 2022
Comment: Yay! SO happy to have you as a partner again! Thank you as always for the beautiful photographs. I enjoyed reading about your gardening adventures (mine have been only nominal this season) Also glad to hear you are enjoying a new book genre (isn't it wonderful how vast our choices and how we can always find new interests to pursue!? )
Burger1girl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #296 on May 28, 2022
Comment: Oh! How the flowers pics brightened my day. I too am planting and re-potting for my porch,my happy place with an old wooden bench. SOme seeds are from swaps. Others are pansies. My peace lily I bought for 99 cents 3 yrs ago is my greatest pride!! SO lovely to see how many more it produces each yr. And succulents are in there too and love it. Need to pull some out. I too have muscle and back problems..from work. Makes me sad when I cant garden. Enjoy your summer flowers! Thank you!
Tig rated for Woodland Creatures PC Swap R2 on May 26, 2022
Comment: Oregon chipmunks are fury little psychopaths! Loved the post card, thank you.
CANNEKCUL rated for Flower Power the 2022 edition #3 on May 21, 2022
Comment: Wow! You know a lot about flowers. Thank you so much for the beautiful note card (with photo taken by you). I β™₯️ It. Also, thanks for sharing exciting information. Do you have a website where you sell your pics? I’m framing it!
mermaidery rated for Goodreads on May 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
hazelwitch3 rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #10 on May 16, 2022
Comment: Hi Rift, I agree -- it's totally discombobulating to have something scheduled (jury duty in your case, surgery in my case) and then cancelled or postponed. But, hey, you know what? You still got lots of stuff done, and have convinced yourself to get on with some of the others like your mom's cookie pans. So well done! -- and good luck for the next fortnight.
03Scarlett rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #10 on May 16, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the update, have an awesome week! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
Maddashin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #294 on May 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks πŸ™ Hearts πŸ’• I love the photos
melissalovespaper rated for Plants Please! on May 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you really much for all the great plant based paper goodies 😍 really in love with all!

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nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

MarHelene on Jan 7, 2022:

Thank you fro being my angel for the TGIF Nc #265. I LOVE the pictures, especially the hawk!

concxrde on Oct 17, 2021:

Thank you SO much for angeling TGIF #258! I absolutely adored the photos you sent (especially the raccoon graffiti, so cool!), it seems like you managed to have a gorgeous weekend in nature. Receiving your note really made my day :)

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. πŸ€—

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