Swap-bot Time: July 27, 2021 5:10 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: July 27, 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 ♥ 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.


Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #255 on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Hello! Sorry it took me some time to rate. My letters go to my home address in Miami Beach and I am currently living in Estero. I came home for a week so I told my family to not send the recent letters up. Just to wait until I got home. Anyways, thank you for the reply to my previous swap, your swap, and the pictures of the pretty birds! I hope to swap again soon!
Arhel rated for Self-printed Postcards #04 on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Your drawing is really good!!! Thank you so much for showing me! :) I actually haven't seen that bird before - I think we don't have them in Germany. So it's a biology lesson as well! Thanks!!!
TakenByChance rated for Self-printed Postcards #04 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: I do love Dragonfly’s!! And the depth of field on this image makes it have such a magical feel. Thanks for sharing 💜
Comment: Rift! It was lovely to hear from you again, and get some more of your wonderful photography. I'm also firmly in the cute camp for racoons. We don't have them here, but I think racoons are world-famous. hehe. I'll definitely add Murderbots to my Goodreads; thanks for the rec! ☆Raynor
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #253 on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Hi Rift! Always wonderful to have you as a partner and see your lovely mail make it to me! Yipppeee on the restrictions being lifted - now if that will just continue! Yikes on the weather - it has been crazy everywhere and hope the writer's block is gone soon! Love the photos and hearing about your weekend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
amccracken109 rated for BLC Book Postcard Prompt #5 on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Hello! Thank you so much for the beautiful card. Like you, I am a definite rereader of books. Happy swapping!
SunflowerRose rated for book im reading #7 intern on Jul 10, 2021
Comment: Loved the card. Its been a while since i have one around. Neighborhood cats scare them off. Next time you get paired back with same person that sent to you please contact me. Thanks for signing up
Comment: Thank you for the great card. I have seen all the movies and most of the tv stuff. I saw Solo in the Theater when it first came out and I liked it. I might look it up on Disney+ and watch it again.
CraftyShana76 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #244 on Jul 5, 2021
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your note. The pics were gorgeous! Did you get your car fixed? TYVM for sharing your weekend.
hammondeggs rated for BLC Book Postcard Prompt #4 on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: I LOVE getting the Maroon Bells postcard (and stamp). Was kind of funny when I saw it. I love how you said that chaos reigns in your life. Some days I can really relate to that statement.
erosxart rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #240 on Jun 28, 2021
Comment: Hi! Wow love the images you shared! The raccoons are absolutely adorable. Wildlife photography is so cool and I'm amazed you were able to get great pictures of that bird. They're so cute. Thank you for this delight. Hope I can be you partner for a swap again!
Rainydancer rated for BLC Book Postcard Prompt #3 on Jun 27, 2021
Comment: thanks so much!
Lablauri57 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #251 on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Yes, it has been a while. Always happy to get your swap, once again, a beautiful card and lovely pictures. Great snap of the poppy!
SunflowerRose rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #249 on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: loved the photos. your card and pics will dif be scrapbooked!!
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #250 on Jun 19, 2021
Comment: Hi Rift! Always a lovely treat to have you as a partner and as always your photos delight me! So glad you had a relaxing weekend, not enough of those it seems at times! Did you get to have your fresh salad? The hubby grew lettuce and spinach this year - what a wonderful combo for a salad and fresh beats the grocery any day! Have you gotten cucumbers yet? We have gotten several and some zucchini as well - yippee! So looking forward to fresh tomatoes! It has been unbearably hot here for a week - we need rain so bad - next week it's supposed to cool down and maybe a few showers - we can only hope and pray! If you are over the rain, could you sent some our way? The heat index has been over 100 - not typical here, so... Very thankful for AC! Sending you all the best and keep up your lovely photos, as they are so appreciated! Hugs and Happy Swapping - thank you for hosting as well! ;)
Artistic rated for BLC~I Didn't Want to Read It But... on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: I, too, have been sucked into the freebie world every now and then. And 8 in 10 times, I regret it. I always hold out for the two great ones though. You're better than I am about finishing. Someone I have a quote on a magnet or poster that says: "Life's too short to read bad books." Thank you for the beautiful blue heron. I miss seeing them. I lived on a river tributary In Virginia and the wetlands in the backyard always drew herons,
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #248 on Jun 4, 2021
Comment: Once again I was privileged to have you as a partner. I really enjoyed your note and congratulations on getting your vaccine.
Rhino44 rated for Book im reading #6 international on Jun 3, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and your great note! I also don't put down a book if I didn't like it. I only want to spread love :-)
Wambatty rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #247 on May 28, 2021
Comment: I lived reading about your weekend, and the extra pics. I'd give a few extra hearts if I could!
Cellolady rated for Self-printed Postcards #02 on May 26, 2021
Comment: What an incredible photo!!! Loved it!

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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. 🤗

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.

Candace on Jul 4, 2020:

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

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