Swap-bot Time: May 13, 2021 8:35 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: May 13, 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


∞ 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 I'd love to receive nature, animals or art postcards. 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!

∞ 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, 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!

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!

I completed my 500th swap on 28 april 2019, when I sent my TGIF notecard 143! I've got 695 "fives" and 588 "hearts" and I've hosted 112 swaps. 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.


Piccolo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #245 on May 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome photos and card! I love that these are your photos. Very nice! Your garden plot sounds nice. I can’t grow squash this year due to vine borers last year... I planted some heirloom burgundy okra that I got from our local co op. My lilacs are finally blooming and. They are purple with white on the edges. Rare. Happy Spring! Jenny
Fuchsi rated for Book Im reading 5 international on May 5, 2021
Comment: Dear Rift, thank you very, very much fpr the swap and the awesome owl-card! *.* Valentinos story is fascinating. Also thanks for the book recommendation. It's now on my "to read"-list! :-) Stay safe!
Comment: Wow, what a lovely weekend you had! I love the photos you shared with me! Thank you so very much!
apocaleepse rated for Self-printed Postcards on May 1, 2021
quaisoir rated for Woodland swap🌲🐿 on Apr 27, 2021
Comment: Wow Rift, such excellent photos! Thanks for a nice intro abt the woodlands ard ur area. We hardly have those here - just mainly man-made parks. Thanks for the lovely washi tapes and fern papers too. 😊
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #242 on Apr 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for hosting! Love the photos, the squirrel reminds of the one that steals food out of the birdfeeder!
Comment: Thank you for the swap (again LOL!) I love the sound of the book you're reading, hope it was good, and nice to see some fantasy. I've been slow in reading books lately, but will be good to pick up again soon. All the best!!
papercrowns rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #238 on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and duck photographs! They made my day. Sounds like you have some fantastic places nearby to go on adventures with your camera. How wonderful! β˜†Raynor
theprairiemailbox rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #239 on Apr 18, 2021
Comment: I loved the pictures you included with your card - so cool that the ospreys were out for you! Thanks for swapping :)
loverofpostcards rated for Self-printed Postcards on Apr 12, 2021
Comment: Beautiful. Thank you.
Cellolady rated for Self-printed Postcards on Apr 10, 2021
Comment: Love the daffodils!!
peach19 rated for Just Because Postcard Swap#30 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! The post office has been super slow! It was postmarked on February 18th and just delivered today! Thanks again!
user6937 rated for SPCP: Postcard #313047 on Apr 7, 2021
Comment: Beautiful photo (great shot)! I'm on the wrong side of the Rockies to see this bird. We have the blue and gray jay's, though.
Monkeymeg21 rated for PC - Senders Choice #3 - USA on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: I agree- great blue herons are majestic! Thanks for sharing that special photo! BTW I used to live in nearby WA and so have visited Eugene. What a great place :)
ayahsantos rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #235 on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your weekend! Take Care always :)
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #237 on Mar 19, 2021
Comment: How lucky I was to have you as a partner. Thank you for the extra pictures, especially the turtle. I do love turtles.
glassnowdrop rated for Book im reading #3 on Mar 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for a lovely swap! I'm glad to hear you like Becky Chambers, i just read her most recent book last week. All the best!
pixiegirlanna rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #233 on Mar 16, 2021
Stachel rated for Interest me no. 87 on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much! ❀️ It has arrived and enjoyed reading both of your excerpts. I'm not sure if I enjoyed the whole books, but it's ndefinitely completely new to me, so thanks for this insight πŸ€—
Labella79 rated for Random PC Swap #3 on Mar 12, 2021
Comment: Dear Rift, thank you so much for your beautiful postcard of the South Sister. We're also three sisters in my family, so your postcard fits perfectly:-) It's also very interesting to read about the volcanoes, thanks for telling me about them.

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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€—

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 workπŸ“· 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.

Candace on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you so much for angeling TGIF Notecard #193! The roses are gorgeous!

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