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Date Joined: February 28, 2008
Last Online: January 19, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Hi there! I'm Tracey (she, her) and I live in California. I am a crafter, reader, knitter, sewist, negligent gardener, sender of postcards and friendly greetings. I also play the ukulele and dabble in watercolor. I am trying very hard to destash/not accumulate more clutter right now, but as many crafters know, this is an uphill battle. :)

I am unfortunately, despite my best/worst efforts, only fluent in English though I have managed to learn a little ASL. Estoy aprendiendo espaรฑol--ยกpero soy principiante extrema! Si quieres escribir en espaรฑol, me encanta practicar.

I love plants, but have managed to kill a fair number of them, including so-called "foolproof" snake plants, pothos plants, ZZ plants and succulents.

taco plant

I am a dog person (but don't have any pets at the moment) and am partial to animals and nature, though of course I haven't been able to go camping or hiking as much in a while.

Bigfoot truck camper on someone else's truck

We have a truck camper (similar to the one pictured above) and have driven all over the western states and parts of Canada, and have seen many black bears and grizzly bears, but are very careful to keep a safe distance--not as close as this! My roadtrip 'job' is to help navigate/read the maps, but also to watch out for bears, goats, deer, bison, bunnies, and other critters that might be approaching the roadway.

watch out! black bear

Favorite Books

Some books I have enjoyed:

Sadie by Courtney Summers A Burning by Megha Majumdar The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane March trilogy by John Lewis The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan New Shoes by Sara Varon Bloom by Kevin Panetta After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor - graphic to be published Jan 2021

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen The Last One by Alexandra Oliva We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman

I read a varied mix of nonfiction and fiction, graphic formats and e-audiobooks. I used to read a lot of teen and children's titles, but don't read them quite as much now that I have retired from my job as a children's/teen librarian, except when I need to take a break from the heavier nonfiction, which is more often these days.

Favorite Television

  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah--I miss watching the Colbert Report; most of the "late" shows are actually on too late for my bedtime
  • The Amazing Race--Phil's newest show is good too, but I haven't caught very many episodes.
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Jeopardy! (though it will never be the same without Alex ๐Ÿ’œ)
  • PBS Nature / NOVA, depending on the subject, and my mood at the time. Generally, anything with David Attenborough is a good bet.

Flat Things to Happy Mail

In case it helps you, here are some things I wouldn't mind finding in the mailbox:

  • art that you made. If it is fan art, you'll want to also include an explanation in case it refers to something I am not hip enough to know about (extremely likely).
  • a zine
  • postcards, new or vintage - I don't mind handmade (see above: "art that you made"), and interesting ad cards are welcome if they fit the swap!
  • unused USPS postage stamps, any denomination (1-cent, 5-cents, 29-cents etc. - forever stamps are always good too)
  • a tried-and-true recipe that uses bananas, peaches or persimmons, OR your favorite gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or Instant-Pot recipe.
  • a home-sewn face mask (standard adult size)
  • a tarot reading (I don't have a Book of Shadows or anything but I do have a deck that I use occasionally and I think it'd be interesting to see how other people practice their art)
  • book recommendations
  • something Hufflepuff or badger-themed! (house pride!)
  • vintage sewing notions (buttons, trims, etc.)
  • comic strip that made you laugh
  • funny pictures of animals (cut out from a magazine, etc.)
  • little piece of sea glass
  • a piece of ribbon that is at least 1" wide and 38"-45" long (I volunteer as a memory-bear crafter and sometimes I dress them up with a bow around the neck)


I'll do my best to pass on items that aren't my thing, but please do not send:

  • religious items, unless called for in the swap. I do celebrate holidays, but I don't associate any spiritual significance to them.
  • tea: I have quit caffeine completely and don't really see the point of herbal varieties.
  • flyers from a sports equipment store
  • reminder that I am WAY past due for a dental visit
  • beetle larvae or smooshed spiders (unless called for in the swap!)
  • anything that is moldy (fun fact: items returned to the library with visible water damage have to be discarded because they may develop a mildew which can then spread to the other books on the shelf!)
  • things that are hateful or demeaning towards other people

Bonus: Here is a Sloth for You

sloth saying hello


Comment: Thank you for sharing. Sorry for the late rating.
Response: Thanks Ksenia! I hope you have lots of good things happening this new year :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing and for hosting! I was so glad my transition from Goodreads to Storygraph was pretty smooth!
Response: yes, it's always nice to have options! ~ thx for the rating and โค๏ธ
Comment: So many books so little time
Response: exactly! Thanks again :)
Comment: Thank you for your wrap-up! Looks like you got a good reading month last month! I'm impressed by the number of books you squeezed in. :-)
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ“š happy reading :)
Comment: That quote, omg. Giggling so hard my kitties looked at me in concern. I love how you laid out your email. I might have to use your layout as a guide next time I do one of these. Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thanks, I enjoyed your email too. It's always nice to meet other readers :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your tangerines & happy reading x
Response: thanks, happy reading to you too ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿ“š
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thanks Colleen, happy reading :)
Comment: I had Island Queen on my TBR list already so I'm going to go look to see if my libraries have it available for download. Funny story about the squirrel vs oranges!! 300lbs is quite a lot! xxMuggleMom
Response: Thanks, hope you had a great week!
Response: Thanks, Isaa! I hope everything is going well for you ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
Comment: Thanks for the recs!
Response: Thank you ๐Ÿ’š
Comment: Tracy, thanks for hosting this swap. I loved your book recommendations! They all seem so diverse and something that I would like to read. Definitely checking them out soon - specially, Buffering by Hannah Hart.
Response: You're welcome, Paulami! Thank you for joining the swap. I liked your book recommendations too :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing your books! I'm going to get Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun on KU once I have a space free in my checked out books. Feel better soon!
Response: Thank you Josh, happy reading! ๐Ÿ•
Comment: Wow! It's awesome you've read soo many good books lately!
Response: thanks Colleen, Happy banned books month to you!
Comment: Lots of great reading ideas. I am going to check out a few.
Response: Thank you, happy reading :)
Comment: Thanks for the info on LibraryThing. I'm definitely going to check it out plus a few of the books you recomm. especially The Secret Life of Groceries - sounds like my kind of reading!! xxMuggleMom
Response: The migration to LT was a bit clunky (easy but imperfect) and the interface isn't as slick, but after a couple months I am liking it a lot. Thanks and happy reading :)
sillysusie rated for ABCUSA ~ PC with a Theme ~ Dogs on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard. I think your drawing of the Chihuahua is very good. It breaks my heart to know how many dogs are in shelters especially pitties. I have a special place in my heart for them.
Response: thank you for the rating, I hope you are having a lucky September :)
SunflowerRose rated for Puppy Dog PC Swap #8- US Only on Sep 4, 2021
Comment: Love the pc
Response: Thanks for the rating โค๏ธ and happy swapping!
JadeFan rated for LLU: Mary Shelley profile deco on Aug 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you. I have not got a crochet pattern with a swap before!!
Response: thanks for the rating and thanks for swapping with me -- happy reading!
itsnobody rated for LLU: Mary Shelley profile deco on Aug 23, 2021
Comment: Hahahaha I'm laughing so hard at the battle with Godizlla!! I didn't know there is such poster and yes why is everyone there battling Godzilla hahha. Anyways thanks for this swap! It was just the right time for me to watch and finish the movie about Mary Shelley that I enjoyed very much.
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the rating, and thanks for swapping :)
jessnewson98 rated for Library Lovers E-prompt #29 on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Hey Tracey, I'm sorry to have rated this one so late! Thanks for sending it through! You always make these swaps extra special <3
Response: Ha, hi Jess! I hope you're doing well and staying safe :) Thanks for the rating โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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diesel101 on Aug 24, 2021:

Hello Tracey! Here are the images for the: LLU - Mary Shelley Profile Deco Swap! Take care and enjoy :)

JadeFan on Aug 23, 2021:

~Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley~

the last man

This is the young adult version of The Last Man. This was my most recent read for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's works. In my first read-through, in 2009, I found the Romanticism ideals problematic in the concept of government. The flaws of humans not taking action. My recent read in 2020 was a haunting experience. The Pandemic and trying to isolate patiently.

Her books have been an inspiration for my interests in science fiction. Take care!

LLU: Mary Shelley profile deco

traceyj on Jul 14, 2021:

goats in trees

traceyj on Jun 14, 2021:


traceyj on Jun 11, 2021:

rainbow hugs

carrotkate on Jun 7, 2021:

Thanks so much for the angel in the LLU swap! I loved the Earth Day card you made, and was really excited by the bonus drawings - both the "Wheel of Fortune" card and French bulldog! :)

traceyj on May 26, 2021:

time to relax!

doggo mohawking

hedgehog floating

pig with suds on head

you otter take a bath

nancylee on Apr 6, 2021:

Love the birthday wishes and yes we have tickets to go out and celebrate at the beach and aquarium :)

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 27, 2021:

Thanks for hosting the Tree swap! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

robinjeree on Mar 25, 2021:

Hi Tracey--that was the cutest little reminder EVER, I love Cookie Monster! Thanks for getting in touch, this has been an unusually difficult month, and in fact some of my mail has been lost. Can I get something to you by Tuesday? --RJ

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