Me and my kids!
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You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
I love happy mail! Greeting cards, postcards, letters, fat packages, I don't care. I just love opening up my mailbox to some goodies! Let me know if you'd like to swap non-touristy postcards, sorry, US only. Dang postage prices. I'm always up for swapping fun/cute/unique cards!
I'm a secretary and also cat sit before/after work. I LOVE cats. Crazy cat lady here. I have FIVE cats. They are my kids. They make life worth living!
-See ABC list below
-Animals in general. All of them! From spiders to bumblebees to octopi to jellyfish to cats to rhinos! I don't discriminate on all creatures great and small!
-Retro/Vintage (Example: Pin-Up Girls, Old Ads, etc.)
-Homemade! Especially if it's some photo you took!
-Jetoy -- Though I found out that cards that are vertical, as these usually are, has the post office all in a tizzy and unless you 'go rogue' and send horizontal with the stamp where it's normally going to be, they'll say there's 47 cents postage due
-Book Related (Covers, people reading, etc)
-I Love Lucy
-Sesame Street/Mr. Rogers/Vintage Children's, etc.
-Whales, Elephants, Hedgehogs, Fox, Giraffes!
-Anne Taintor/Housewives From Hell/etc
-Classic Disney (Lion King, Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, etc.)
-I love zazzle postcards, or homemade if they are well done! So even if the rules state no Zazzle/Homemade/etc. if you think I would like it and it's good quality, feel free to send!
-Honestly, I don't like tourist cards at all. UNLESS they are vintage/artsy types (Think Lantern Press or similar.) I'm not going to be pissed if you send one, I just won't love it and I very rarely keep them or give hearts. I don't heart for a card I don't heart. :) If that's all you have, fine. Otherwise, I'd really be happy with nearly anything else. I usually sign up for tourist swaps just to get rid of some I have, so even if you have me for a partner for that and want to send something else, FEEL FREE! :)
If you have to send a tourist card, the ones I don't completely hate are:
-Branson, MO (My dad lived there) -Eureka Springs, Arkansas
I'm not easily offended, so dark, inappropriate stuff is absolutely fine. :)
Things I don't want/swap:
Just for ideas if it's a surprise swap or you're not sure what else to send me, here's some other random things I like and collect:
- Again, anything cat related. Stickers, postcards, notecards, figurines, ANYTHING!
-Buddha! I love little Buddha trinkets.
-Stuff FOR my cats. Catnip toys, Catnip, treats, wet foods, toys, etc. I'm also a cat sitter so I can always donate to kitties I visit, too!
-Tea Towels - Cute designs, vintage, homemade, etc.
-Smashbook stuff/Journal Cards
-Labels - Cute graphics are appreciated!
-Unused US stamps in any denomination!
-Anything having to do with "You Are My Sunshine" or "Amazing Grace" (Lyric art, etc) My dad loved those songs and the last song I ever sang with him before he passed was "You are my sunshine." so it holds a special place in my heart!
I sometimes join cat swaps, so if you are wanting or needing to get something for my cats, here is a little bio on them!
This love came to me in October 2015, her name is Tillie and she is my blind, calico beauty. She had her eyes removed after her rescue due to reversed lenses and major ocular pressure that caused her a lot of pain.
Her likes are:
-Paper Ball Toys
-Really any small toy she can carry or bat around
-Those colored balls with colored tinsel -- she is OBSESSED
-Freeze-Dried Chicken Treats. Literally the only treat she will eat.
Miss Pippi showed up in my yard when I got home from work and catsitting on September 30, 2016. I feed about 4 strays that come and go but they're all skittish and 'Pippi' walked right up to me. I brought her inside to keep her safe until an owner was found, except we gave it a week and nobody ever claimed her. She was vetted and chipped and determined to likely be homeless. She's very cuddly and friendly, and also a troublemaker. She thinks she's the alpha in the house and loves to tell her siblings that she's the boss.
-She LOVES very potent/strong-smelling catnip toys. Think the YEOWW! brand, or similar.
-Preferred treats are Whisker Lickins, Temptations or Friskies!
Once I lost my beloved Tortie Bella in December 2016, I decided my life was incomplete without a tortie in it. Those who have ever been blessed to love one will know exactly what I mean. So I asked my local animal rescue friends and turns out that Tillie's foster mom had this tortie, named Bella Knight. "Bella" was out on a farm and raised many litters of kittens, then was rescued and 'dried up' but at one point was introduced to some kittens and started producing milk again. I decided to name her Bea as an homage to my "Queen B--Bella." She's an absolute sweetheart, a chatter box and even wags her tail like a dog. She loves boxes and the early evening when the sun hits the crystal in the window and she can chase the rainbows.
-Bea loves cat treats. She doesn't have a preference.
In April 2017, my mom decided to foster a group of 4 baby kittens. She bottle fed them for months and one of them was just not thriving. It was believed she wouldn't make it. I decided then and there, if she pulled through, I would adopt her. She got some fluids and ended up pulling through and of course I followed through on my promise and brought her home. She's now our little Penelope (Penny). She's got attitude, but we love her for it. She loves watching the birds and squirrels in the window and bugging mom while she's trying to eat.
-Her favorite toys are felt pompom balls and pipe cleaners. I shudder to think how many are currently under my fridge.
-She also loves any other type of ball/toy she can carry and bat around!
Meet my 5th kitty. I'm most definitely in crazy cat lady territory now, but I always said I had room for a blind kitty if one came along...and here he is...
Meet Hank. He came into a local rescue in early 2018, alone and battling a severe eye infection in both eyes. They tried so hard to save his eyes, but they were unsuccessful and he had surgery to remove them. He ended up in a foster home of a lady I catsit for on occasion and since she knew I had a blind cat, she contacted me for pointers. I went to meet him and it was a done deal after that. He's making great progress! When he went in to get fixed, found out he was cryptorchid so had surgery to fix that. In his short life, he's been diagnosed with Stomatitis and had to have surgery twice to remove teeth, he'll eventually have them all removed but are just taking them out as needed. And now we found out he has asthma, but he's been wonderful with his inhaler! This poor boy has had a rough start, with 4 surgeries before he was 2!, but he's so insanely happy and sweet and I LOVE him immensely.
-Hank loves to play with the 'ball on track' toys.
-He loves bouncy balls and this feathery bumblebee toy.
-For treats he seems to prefer Friskies!
It's always so fun when people have a nice ABC list of random things they like. I always try to skim it to see if I have a card that matches something random on their list. So here is my list!
A: Arrows, ASMR videos, Alpacas, Art, Art books, Anchors, Aurora Borealis, Acrylic Painting, Abstract Paintings, Angel Cards, Affirmation Decks, Alice in Wonderland
B: Buddha, Boho, Bandanas, B&W Photos, Bright Bold Colors!, Birds, Buddha Doodles, Books, Baking, Bees
C: CATS, Cacti, Crystals, Cookbooks, Children's Books, Christmas Ornaments, Cursing, Cherry Blossom Trees, Cows
D: Ducks, Deer, Dala Horse, Dreamcatchers, Dateline
E: Elephants, Estate Sales, Etsy
F: Fox, Flowers, Feathers, Field Guide Books, Fall Foliage
G: Geese, Gnomes, Gold, Guppies, Giraffes, Grumpy Cat, Goats, Gratitudes, Greeting Cards
H: Hippos, Hamsters, Hedgehog, Hippie, Harry Potter, Hot Air Balloons, Hummingbirds, Handmade Soaps & Lip Balms
I: Incense, Iceland, Ireland
J: Jellyfish, Judge Judy, Jimmy Fallon, Journals
K: Katie Daisy, Kittens
L: Llamas, Lilacs, Leaves, Lucille Ball, Lions, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lip Balm
M: Mourning Doves, Mushrooms, Meditation, Mindfulness, Maneki Neko Cat, Moon Phases, Mary Poppins, Mugs, Mucha, Matisse, Mason Jars
N: Namaste, New Age, Nesting Dolls, Narwhal, Native American Photography, Necklaces, Nicholas Sparks
O: Octopus, Olympics, Old Photos, Owls
P: Positivity, Palo Santo, Painting, Photography, Potted Plants, Pinterest, (The) Pioneer Woman, Pineapples, Pigs, Pippi Longstocking, Poppies, Pinterest, Postage Stamps, Porcupines
Q: The Letter Q!!! Since my last name is Quincey, I collect Q's., Quotes
R: Ryan Gosling, Reiki, Rhinos, Rainbows, Real Housewives of OC & BH, Rubber Stamps
S: Succulents, Squirrels, Snails, Stickers, sloths Swedish Gnomes, slime, someecards, Smudging, Serenity Prayer, Sheep
T: Trees, Tomte, Tapestries, Tumblr, Trader Joes, Thrifting, Typography, Typewriters, Target
V: Vintage Cookbooks, Vintage Native/American Indian Photos, Veronica Mars
W: Whales, Watercolors, Warhol, Washi, Wildflowers, Wishbones, Willie Nelson, Witches, Wizard of Oz, Wildflowers
X: X sucks. Go away.
Y: "You Are My Sunshine"
Z: Zen, Zazzle!
Other: 11:11, (the) 1920's
Another thing I would love is handwritten recipes from people! I love fun recipe cards and have a recipe box. I don't have old recipes from family, so am attempting to create my own.
If you want to send me a handwritten recipe with a swap, here are some likes and dislikes!
Absolutely do not eat:
-Beef (but can substitute ground turkey for recipes)
-Onions (but can easily omit in most things!)
-I am diabetic, so try to limit my carbs and sweets, but I also LOVE carbs and sweets, so will welcome those recipes!
Things I love:
-Again, carbs/sweets, to my detriment!
-KETO versions of things
-I do eat some poultry (chicken/turkey) and love fish (LOVE Shrimp)! but I have dabbled in Vegetarian, as I'm really not a huge fan of meat. -Desserts.... I LOVE trying new desserts
-I'm not very experimental, I like to keep things simple and not a lot of ingredients! I'm also very busy, so I love things that are quick and easy or that I can prep ahead and throw in the oven after a long day!
I have an Instapot and AirFryer and always looking for new ways to utilize both!
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