Comment: What are the chances I open this next to my sister and she recognizes the cover? Ended up getting a recommendation from both of you! I have plenty of time to read now, so I finally know what to read. LOVE the stamp btw!!! I'm going to have to track some down for myself.
Comment: Thank you Rift, what a great (though uneventful in your mind) narration of your events and thoughts. It was a true pleasure to read. About your printer, I had a co-worker (now deceased) who used to kick the printer with his boots, when it wasn't working. It was his magic touch. All the best to you.
Comment: Hi! Thank you so much for the photo card! It is the first one I have received, photographed and made into a postcard by the same person! That was a great shot, I hope he made it through the winter.
Comment: Omg the phots you sent. i love them!! I cant wait till spring and my birds come back to the feeder. I dont i have ever eaten a leek before either. I cant wait to go hiking again. The card was so pretty
Comment: Thanks for the lovely hand-done ATC.
I am a bit of a birder so appreciate it that much more.
It took a while to get here but, unfortunately, that is getting more common. Lost and late mail has increased four-fold since the USPS opened their fancy new modern Regional Sorting Facility.
Comment: Thanks for the postcard--Crater Lake has been on my bucket list a while. If you would ever make it to Oshkosh you can't miss the fabulous Rhapsodies frozen custard. Their flavors are mostly music themed puns, like Johnny Cashew or Bites in White Satin.
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful pkg of autumn and the detailed note. I'm convinced we went from autumn to winter in one day. :-/ Oh--I forgot to tell you, I "blogged" your flowers last Sunday.If you can't find it, let me know, I'll send you the link.I'll be blogging the leaves soon!
Comment: As always, a beautiful, beautiful selection of flowers. Oh, how I need your printer! Thank you for the flowers, for sharing your mom's story, and for the "rant" on domestic violence. :-) Thanks, especially, for joining in...
Comment: It was only when I turned the card over to read the back cover that I noticed you made the card! it is a gorgeous picture and it is now on display in my living room :-) I also love the bird pics, the song sparrow is so pretty (that colour combo!). Thanks for a lovely swap Rift.
Comment: Thanks for the great card! Good luck with your garden.. I'm sure the hardwork will pay off... I, on the other hand, couldn't keep a fake houseplant alive :)
Thanks for the beautiful bird pictures
Comment: Hi Rift,
It was great to read your weekend news again. I love the photo of the squirrel looking down at you All your photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing.
Hope you have a fab weekend this one too
Comment: Hi again! Thank you for that awesome lovely card. Sometimes a lower-key weekend is perfect!! The fact that you matched the card to the beautiful pictures you send was next-level boss! Also if I've ever seen a green heron, then I didn't realize it. mom lives in a tiny home on the creek and she sees a few herons all the time. I'll have to keep an eye out. We often attend the UU congregation near us, and she was actually asked to read the part of Heron in the "story for all ages" for this week's service. Just a great coincidence. I'm excited to show her your pictures when I see her!
Comment: Love the photos of the cute chipmunks and the pigmy owl photo is awesome. To answer your question about visiting small towns of Massachusetts, if it was incorporated I visited it. :D There are villages within towns but they are not counted as municipalities. So I visited all the towns but not all the villages.
Comment: Your photos are amazing!!! And you say you're not good at scenery photos?! They're just perfect and it's wonderful to see some parts of USA, it's so beautiful, I think I'll often look at those photos. Thanks a lot, and be more self confident about scenery photos, you did a really great job!
Comment: Hi Rift,
Thank you so much for the wonderful notecard and photos - I love flowers and turtles. The colours are amazing. You're a great photographer.
Have a great weekend.
Comment: I’d give you 5 hearts if I could, Rift—What a wonderfully descriptive and thoughtful swap. I appreciate your effort on this and I thank you so much. What a lucky duck you are to have such a beautiful area so near. Thanks for sending a bit of it my way.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful photos. They all look so lush and green. Oregon must be lovely. Iowa leaves a little to be desired unless you like miles and miles of corn and soy bean fields. But I do manage to find more interesting things. Thanks again.
Comment: Nice photo riftvegan. Beautiful shot of the chipmunk in its native Oregon setting. I love the soft natural lighting. We have lots of chippies here (including a few under my deck). It's so interesting to see one on a west coast mossy setting.
Comment: Oh my stars! This raccoon 🦝 card is so great! I love it so much! Your garden sounds great! This year I planted pumpkins (always!) and I tried corn and green beans for the first time! They are really thriving! The rust colored sunflowers are gorgeous! I am going to hang that picture up at my desk! Thank you so much and I am happy you had a great weekend! Take care!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful flower photos. Love the one with the lady bug on it. I've tried to take pictures of bugs but my camera just doesn't have the right lenses for that. Excellent pictures, thanks again.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful photos you shared with me! These are fabulous shots that I would expect to see in a nature magazine and I'm very impressed with them! As many times as I've looked at them, I still can't pick a favorite because I like them all for different reasons: the little butterfly on the blue flower DOES have a cute face! The chipmunk is adorable; I have never seen them in our area, but I have seen a few at a friend's house near Indianapolis. That grey squirrel seems to be showing some attitude! I can almost hear him saying "What are YOU looking at? You want a piece of me? Do ya? Do ya???" The squirrels that visit our yard are the reddish ones, and their attitude is more of "Eeeek! The human is coming! Run for your life!" I love the bird photos too. We occasionally get the Flickers at the feeding station and I think they are gorgeous. And I love when the song sparrows are here! I did not notice the baby turkeys until I read your note and checked again; how cool that you were able to get them in the picture! There used to be a turkey in our part of town that would hang out in a certain area. He was given the name Wilson, and he became a local celebrity, with people reporting his location on facebook and twitter. Thanks again for a great swap! Best wishes to you!
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your photos! I love chipmunks too. We only have one kind here. I also like to hike, so that part of your weekend sounds like mine. Where did you get the card made? I want to do that with my photos.
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your photos with me and for the interesting note about your walks. I think it would be so nice to be out walking and happen upon flowers like your Columbia Lilies! The Love-in-a-Mist is a very unusual looking flower and I love that you were able to get the lady beetle on it! The roses are my favorites of the photos you sent, and while I love the colors in the pink ones, the yellow ones are so so beautiful! Wonderful photos! Thanks for a great swap!!! PS-I really liked that you used a floral print for the envelope as well! Nice touch!
Comment: The TGIF notecard was awesome! The custom made card was very pretty. I like roses in general but especially the peachy orange ones. Something about them just seems happy! I've never seen the summer fashion roses, or any two-colored?! roses. Around here we have the tulip festival just before summer and I enjoy those, and seeing the very different types and colors but have no green thumb. :/ I loved reading about your weekend and the photos just made it all a mini-escape from a very hot, hide in the basement and read, day! Happy summer, and good luck with your veg!
Comment: If I could give more hearts for this I most certainly would, you had to resent because the first letter didnt arrive. But not only were you kind about it, you were super thoughtful and amazing. Thank you so much for everything in this swap, I would dearly love to swap with you again.
Comment: Hi there :) thanj you for the photos and for sharing with me their stories - they're so cute. I still remember and have in my collection a postcard photo from you from about 3 years ago with tgose lovely guinea-pigs
Comment: Hi Rift! Always wonderful to have you as a partner! I love your notecards and of course, the photos with the awesome notes! My hubby was even impressed! LOL! That is great that you have a community garden! The hubby puts one out, which he seems to share with the wildlife, so far they are the only ones enjoying our tomatoes, sigh!! He did just bring in the first cucumber of summer - yippee!! As you know, there is nothing as awesome as fresh veggies - yummy! I so enjoy when we are partners and I am thankful you have continued with these swaps! Hope you have another great weekend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Hi Rift,
I don't know what happened in the post, but your swap, postmarked 28 May, arrived this morning! The photos you sent are absolutely lovely and I'm really enjoying looking at them. I think the best kind of flower pictures are ones that are a kind of portrait -- just as we can have portraits of people or animals that tell us something about that person/creature and its character, a flower portrait does the same. And you've achieved that with some of the pictures -- well done! I hope you enjoy your fennel. I must admit to being a bit lukewarm about it -- we get an organic vegetable box delivered each week and fennel seems to feature quite a lot! I think my favourite way to use it is just to slice it and pan-fry it -- although it does work well raw in salads in smallish quantities. I've got a row of chilli plants (1 each of 9 different varieties) on my study windowsill, and herbs in the back garden, but I'm not trying to grow anything else this year. Thanks for swapping!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful animal photos and the interesting notes for each one! You are an amazing photographer! My absolute favourite pic is the grey squirrel, he's going to be framed and sit on my desk where I can look at him everyday! :)
Comment: I love this!!! I recently visited the international owl center near me. It's the only one in the world that is dedicated just to owls and not Raptors in general. It was amazing! I plan to donate to them as well. I make owl pendants from paintings. Thank you for his story. I also loved the picture. I've never seen a green heron. We have great blue herons here and I love watching them when out in the kayak but it was really cool to see a green one! Thank you for everything! It was amazing!! ❤❤❤
Comment: I'm not big on science fiction but I do like dystopian novels. So this definitely seems like a book I have to request at my library.
Sorry for the delay in rating but my Mom was just given mail from the PO going back to April and your swap was in there.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Squirrel picture. And your note. I love watching the squirrels play. We have red ones here and they are so fun to watch at the zoo as they run around through all the outdoor exhibits and steal food.
Comment: OMG these photos are so amazing! I don't believe I've seen a green heron. Are their legs as long as other herons? The falls are beautiful but the lady bug is by far my favorite! Could you send another? I will be happy to trade. I have a friend named June and she collects lady "june" bugs but I want to keep mine.Please tell me what kind of paper you use. It's like a silver gelatin paper the way it displays the image and colors.
Comment: Thank you for the photography ATCs -- they are both lovely pictures. I particularly like the butterfly. I try to take pictures of butterflies and insects but they often disappear before I finish clicking the shutter! The information on the back of your ATC is absolutely fine and correct. I think the way to think about ATCs is that they are miniature works of art -- so just like any other craft or photographic production, only small-size. I'm not very good at the ones that are collage or drawing based, but I like working in this small size with photographs. I'm sending you an invite to the Digital Arts Diva group. There are no swaps up at the moment (several that we're all just finishing and sending) but we'll be putting some more up soon. Many of our swaps are photo based so I think you'll feel at home.
Comment: Thanks for the excerpts from both books. I already put Binti on my to read list.
As the father of two now grown girls and the grandfather of three more, I am well aware of the 'data bias in this world. This male is no champion of men. Men have ruined the world. It will be a much better world when it finally is Matriarchal again.
Comment: Thanks for the photos, pretty enough to go up on my inspiration board. Your new printer is pretty darn good. I hope you are happy with it, I imagine you go through a lot of ink! Hope your partner is feeling better this week.
Comment: This was an absolutely beautiful swap!! I can really tell that photography is a passion of yours and I'm so impressed. I'm placing these photographs on my wall because they are stunning and I love them so much. Please, never stop taking photographs because you are amazing!
Thank you again! <3
Comment: How on earth did you know that I love the stars and that I draw freehand stars all the time. But I remember all my practice attempts but I remember how long I thought it was hard so I apperciate your stars and love them thank you
Comment: Beautiful blossoms! Thank you so much! I love the blue sky. I almost sent you a similar photo, but had to go another direction. I explain in my own note. Thanks for joining! Hope to see you in more spring swaps!
Comment: Am I correct in thinking that the card you sent and the photos inside are you own photography? If so, wonderfully done! I love the cute little squirrel <3
Sorry to hear about your foot, and I'm wishing you a very speedy recovery.
Thank you so much for the card :)
Comment: Love the guinea pigs--I've had several in the past. I volunteer at the local animal shelter and this winter we had guinea pigs that someone had dumped in the park. Who would do that? They were adopted. My fave was a long haired tricolor pig. Also many rabbits and a lizard abandoned. Boo! Thanks for the card.
Comment: I was so happy to hear from you - glad you're getting along OK and improving. Love the photos as always, and I also like your plan to do something creative every weekend. I try to do that too...but, like you, get sidetracked at times! Happy Spring ❤️
Comment: Great postcard; was it your own photograph?? Love it!!! I understand about moving frequently; we moved often around So Cal when I was a child. Then I married an itinerant journalist. After we divorced in 2009, I can to the desert and have been here ever since. Hope the winter hasn't been too hard on your family. Happy swapping.
Comment: Hi Rift - so good to hear from you and as always I am so impressed with your photos! What a bummer about the car accident and your issues getting around - I cannot imagine how miserable a broken bone is mush less my foot - yikes! I hope you continue to take it easy so that you can heal without further issues - I know, easier said than done, but... Sending you big hugs and positive vibes for a speedy recover! P.S. I sent to you for this last weekend - SB cracks me up at times! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thanks so much for the terrific postcard/photograph! I moved to Oregon about 10 years ago after living in New Jersey my entire life, and even after being here for so long I didn't know about the lilies. Enjoyed learning something new. Thanks for hosting this swap. Looking forward to participating in others that you host.
Comment: This was my first venture into something other than a postcard. Based on this swap with you, I'm eager to try some more these. I've heard about the Naomi Klein book but haven't read it. I am old enough to remember Jimmy Carter's speech and his downfall shortly after, and the subsequent opposite, pro-consumerism, get-out-and-shop speech after the 9-11 attacks. Thanks so much for your comments. I agree with them. I also really liked the sunny band you put around the letter, nice touch. It evokes a sense of optimism and hope.
Comment: Hey! Thank you ever so much for the beautiful envelope, the stunning notecard, and for all the little photos and tales of your adventures! It sounds like you had a very busy/productive weekend! Thank you so much for hosting these swaps, I love them! Hope we can swap again sometime soon!!! Have an extraordinary week ^_^
Comment: I love your photography but I always look forward to your storytelling, what goes on behind the scene. I feel as though I am walking along with you as you are snapping your photos! And I love how you use your photos as stationary. Amazing!
Comment: Wow! Your pictures are awesome! I am hoping to get a new camera for Christmas (I showed hubby the ad :) ) and I want to practice enough stillness to get great pictures like these. My uncle once layed on a branch in a tree for over 3 hours just to get a picture of a bird that was visiting their back yard. LOL! He succeeded. They had a beautiful 16X20 hanging in their house of that bird.
Comment: Oh my gosh I love reading your note! I am a retired Children ‘s Librarian so yes I have read the Phantom Tollbooth-there is a reason it won the Newberry award! And that pink flower is a Camilla-I have one blooming in my front yard now! Mine is called a double pink. I love your state! I had the privilege of hiking it as a college student working for the National Park Service out there. Thank you so much for happy mail!
Comment: Where is the 5 💖 button? You so deserve them! The owl captured my heart even with all that attitude. You put together an amazing swap, so many great photos. Thank you so much for all the time you took to put this together to share your walks.
Comment: Hi! Thank you so so much for the card! I absolutely loved it - That squirrel was adorable! It sounds like you had a good weekend! Also, thank you for the photos, they are absolutely stunning!!
Comment: Hello Rift and thank you so much for the walk in your community garden. I did not know there were rules there. If I was closer, I could help you with weeding. I love to do that :O) I do not have weeds in my garden because I have been adding layers of compost and peat moss. It works, but I have been going for years. I love gardening too.
Comment: Thanks for probably the most fragrant piece of mail I've ever received! ^_^ Whilst the book extract didn't spark curiosity to read the rest, I am appreciative of you sending it, and of the bookmark & the nice stamps on the envelope, thank you
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful note, such a busy weekend! A walk in nature with the animals is truly food for the soul and I love the pictures you sent. Especially the squirrel, he does indeed look like he is demanding that his picture be taken! :D
Comment: Thank you for being patient with me... I am gratefully to have had you in this swap because it was a pleasure looking at your photos with my favorite subjects: squirrels, geese, roses, a bench. The bench photo is especially awesome since you were able to capture it in a very peculiar light. I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for sharing with me the walk and see you soon in the mail :O}
Comment: Always so great getting your letters - I love your photos and descriptions of your weekends. ❤️ Thanks for asking about our storms - we did ok...just way too much rain and 5 tornadoes within 5 miles of my house! Thankfully, no damage or trees down!
Comment: All six of your five (haha!) postcards have arrived, and they are all beautiful. You are quite a photographer! Birds, deer, flowers, and a too cute little chipmunk♥ I think my favorite is the Towhee. Yes, we do get them at our feeder, and I love them! We spent last winter in the Phoenix area and got a lot of quail at our ground feeder. And rabbits, lol! Thank you so much for a great start to my pc album♥
Comment: Thank you for the card and note. I looked up the book on Amazon as I did not recognize the name of the author. It looks interesting so I put the 3 books in the series on my wish list to consider when I finish the series I am reading now. I get my books in the Kindle app now so I can read either on my phone or laptop.
Comment: Hi Rift! I love when we are partners - you always include such amazing photos with your nc fun! Thanks so much for the fun share and for continuing to host these swaps! They are a highlight to my weekend! Hope you are having another good weekend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I adore how you put this series together each time. I enjoy reading your notes on your walks especially the quirky things that happen. And I love looking at the photos you took. I appreciate all the work you put into putting this swap together!
Comment: Omg I'm so sorry for the delayed rating D: I was waiting for the post card in the mail but it turned out that it had been delivered and had just fallen into a different part of my mailbox and I never noticed it lol. But the book definitely sounds interesting! I'll have to give it a read whenever I get a chance :) :)
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful notecard! Ugh, so sorry to hear the start of your weekend wasn't too good but the remainder sounded very nice. The pictures you included are beautiful as well. Thank you!
Comment: The Owen Rose Garden looks like such an amazing place! So happy you had great work and were able to take such stunning photos! Loved this swap from you and greatly appreciate all the time and effort you put into creating it!
Comment: I just loved reading about your weekend! Thank you for the pictures too. Also, you're the first person to send me something with a bioluminescent stamp! I hadn't seen one yet and it is really neat! You got a lot done last weekend, go you! I like to spend my free time sleeping in, lol. Thank you again.
Comment: Hi Rift
thank you for the gorgeous notecard and photos of the junco and squirrel. You are magical with the lens! But I especially enjoyed reading about your weekend. Thank you for sharing and I do need to start swapping again. I'm slowly getting back into it. I seem to miss the GR postcard exchange but I'll be better. Have a great weekend!
Comment: I appreciate all the creative energy you put into creating this swap. First, the note card is stunning. I love that you made it yourself in addition to the hand written note. The shot of the Camas lily is my favorite!
Comment: Thank you for the newsy card - I love all your bird watching. This is a potential future activity of mine. Three weeks ago it snowed here and actually it did again maybe a week and a half ago, so I haven't thought much about gardening yet, but my friend gave me some seedlings and seeds so I am planning to do some indoors planting this week. We'll see how it goes!
Comment: Thank you for the great card. I hope your garden turns out well and it hasn’t been too cold. Good luck with the camera, they are a big investment, but well worth it, especially when you take such nice pictures.
Comment: Wonderful photograph! We don't have cucumber beetles here. They're pretty, even if they are considered a pest. Is the flower it's perched on a type of Allium? I've always been drawn to plants with pom pom or spikey flower heads. Happy gardening! <3<3
Comment: What a beautiful notecard! I love both bees and basil, but like you said, I have never had luck with the purple variety either. That notecard is definitely going into my journal. I hope you have good luck avoiding the bug that is circulating around in your workplace!
Thank you so much for the interesting swap.
Comment: Beautiful postcard with all the bright pinks and yellow! I'm renting now, so hard to spend a lot of time and money on plants. They do have some tulips and daffodils planted thank goodness, and they are starting to show their green tips, yeah!
Comment: Hi Rift! Thanks for the super cute photos of your precious little Guinea pigs! So, do Guinea pigs only have one baby at a time? Or does Dawn have a few brothers and sisters? It's very interesting that she's an albino! I actually went to school a long time ago with an albino girl. You mentioned that they are high-strung...so is my Great Dane! Well, thanks again, and I hope to swap with you another time!
Comment: Honestly working in an art warehouse sounds so awesome! Then again I'd be really tempted seeing all the product and want everything.. [may have to take you up on that offer btw lol :P] Sounds like you had a pretty packed day!
Comment: Rift, I was delighted to receive your wonderful card in my box today! You have been on my mind this week; I hope things are looking up. I'm so glad you're reading Miss Peregrine, it's a fun world to live in for a while. Wishing you the best....
Comment: I'm glad that even in all these stressful situations you're going through, you have things like swap-bot to turn to for therapeutic writing! I've also lost digital files that meant a lot to me and caused me days of crying, weeks of grief, ect... Stuff like that means a lot to us introverts. So I hope the data recovery helps, and even if it doesn't, things will start to feel a little more normal over time as you get back into your groove! I wish you the best!
Comment: Thank you for your beautiful letter. So sad to hear about your parents' cat. I'm impressed with your photos. I've never been to Oregon, but I love Washington. And I love the rain. I can't wait to travel out west again.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and what a beautiful card. Love the zinnias! I always get bee or bird butts in my photos. Love the photo of the little bluebird. I am lucky because I have two pairs that nest in my houses in the backyard.
Comment: Beautiful letter and photo. Our hummingbirds definitely migrate or they would be so frozen. I believe it gets quite a bit colder in MN than Oregon. Hmmm I will have to find the weekly garden swap and then go shopping for some postcards in that genre! I look forward to swapping again with you.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your note! When I'm taking nature pictures I have a problem getting the wildlife to sit still long enough. I wear tri-focals so it sometimes takes me a second or two longer to point and shoot. The bees just do not understand. LOL!
Comment: I received your stunning photographs of the bids you captured in the gardens...just lovely!! The color and depth plus texture was breath taking. Thank you so much for sharing your art with me :)
Comment: Hello Ms Rift! Thanks for your home made super glossy card! I got to say it looks great. Must be expensive. What sort of printer are using? Read some of your web site, you are an interesting character. Don't stop now :)
Comment: Hi Vegan Friend! Thank you for the nicely formatted book photo and pages! Nice. I see that the author enjoyed writing about sit spots;-) I'm sorry that it wasn't what you'd hoped it might be- the book, that is. I do enjoy the birds that frequent my yards... I've stashed binoculars close to the patio door. So I might've been attracted to this book as well. Thank you for sharing it with me! Happy Swapping and Healthy Eating... Ramya
Thank you so much for your lovely notecard and the photo of the colorful bus was so awesome! I have enjoyed learning about you for the past two weeks LOL :-) Also your handmade envelopes are so cute! Thank you so much!
Comment: Rift Vegan: thank you for the awesome weekend notecard and the handmade envelope! I also loved the photos you took! Such a special little envelope to open, it was great hearing about your weekend, sounded like a lot of fun :) also thanks for coordinating this swap, I'm already signed up for the next one!
Comment: Wow! The Woman who would be King sounds like an interesting book! I might have to look into it :) We passed Cannon Beach this a month ago on our way to Seaside. Regret not stopping! :/ Take care. ~RS
Comment: Sounds like a fantastic weekend communing with city nature - the photos are amazing, especially the covert goldfinch. My neighborhood sounds similar, though I have not embarked on gardening. Last summer before I was back at a 40-hour desk job, I did a lot of urban foraging and found a number of public resources that didn't involve maintenance, which was cool!
Comment: Beautiful card! I really loved that you took the picture on the card. I think that's the coolest thing! I've always wanted to make postcards of some of my photos. Where do you get them printed?
Response: Thanks for the rating! I print at home using (now defunct) desktop publishing software and a high-end printer.
Comment: I am also really enjoying this swap series. Also, the whole set of thing, the note card and journal cards, are amazing. My first thought when I saw them was "Oh my gosh so pretty!" I am seriously going to have to check out that website because if this cloud paper is any indication then I think I'm going to love it.
Response: So glad you liked it! And thank you for the rating... You have given me my 500th "5" rating! â™¥!
Comment: Hello Rift! Thank you so much for your lovely note. I really enjoyed reading about your community garden. I hope you get lots of wonderful vegetables to eat! Also, the picture of the Mallard duck is beautiful. I love it and plan to put all that you sent into my scrapbook! :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful note card, although I am sorry to hear about the heat, that could not have been very pleasant. We get over 90 degree days and then every air conditioner from my bus to my office is set so low you freeze to death inside and boil outside - makes not sense at all. The ducklings are adorable! What a great picture, and what a pleasure to watch them grow, Thanks for sharing them with me,
Comment: Thank you for the AWESOME postcard as well as the great message. I agree with you - I also wish the USPS had continued that nature series. I will definitely have to read Darwin's Ghosts - thank you for the recommendation. :) Happy Swapping!
Comment: Hey rift! Thanks for the card and quote! (Am I right in thinking the card is a photo you've taken?) if so, awesome ðŸ˜ Secondly you have some interesting books on your shelf - I have Carrie fishers last book on my shelf too!
Comment: thanks for the resend and the pics! i wish i could make envelopes, but i suck at crafts likes that! 200 is a full mail box???? my inbox is currently reading over 3,000!!!! i will catch up one day!
Response: So glad this one made it thru the mail and thank you for the happy rating! And ha, I had no idea my inbox "standards" were so high!! *laughs*
Comment: Hello Rift, Thank you for the minimally beautiful mail you sent, and how cool your name is. I read the page of your current book several times, trying to figure out the posture of the character... I agree with your critique. I am happy that you were thoughtful and copied the cover. The presentation was great!
Comment: Rift, your card and lilac picture were extraordinary! You actually PHOTOGRAPHED these flowers? Amazing. I enjoyed your newest note and your printing is very nice! Thank you for your noteâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸
Comment: I always enjoy getting a note from you. Your weekends are always interesting, even if they are short ;) Would enjoy a short letter friendship with you if you are interested.
Response: Yeah, I try to jam way too much in to those two short days! ha! I would love a letter friendship with you! I have sent to you a couple times... but I don't think I've ever rcvd a TGIF from you! Isn't that funny?! :D
Comment: Hi Rift! Happy to get a visit from your again although I was sorry to read you have been sick for weeks - yikes! It sounds like you are feeling better now which is a wonderful thing! I enjoyed reading about your weekend and it is amazing how quickly the piles accumulate - sigh! I spent several nights cleaning out my "craft/catchall" room and made a dent but need to get back to it - sigh! TY for the lovely photo of the Cardnials as well - wonderful Monday Happy Mail!! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Hi Rift! Sounds like a wonderful weekend between reading, writing and photography! I have to say your notecard and postcard are beautiful! Your photos are great and your printer, wow! I cannot imagine sending out 64 pcs all at once - the writing would drive me crazy - I am not good being in a swap with more than 3 partners! LOL! Thanks again for the lovely share! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: This gorgeous envie was waiting for me when I got home from work today and it cheered my right up! The handmade envie with the birdie postage stamps, washi tape and handdrawn birds is gorgeous. The goodies are all very much appreciated and will be put to good use :) Thank you for being a great swap partner! Happy swapping! :)
Comment: Rift, thank you again for a nice note - you certainly got quite a bit done, no wonder reading is a bit behind. :) I've only ever done two reading challenges - too much "online" tech gets in the way.
Comment: Rift, thank you so much for a detailed "account" of your weekend. The extras were really special, esp. the blue heron photo. Can't believe people have giraffe stuff to send me - I really appreciate it!
Comment: Thank you for the book idea. I've been reading (listening to) some Terry Pratchett this past year; maybe I'll get to your recommendation soon! And while I haven't selected books intentionally because of their 'banned' status (although I have read many on those lists), maybe I'll give it a try.
Comment: Thank you for your letter! I absolutely love the photos on the notecard and of the bird. It looks like a lovely hiking area! You are so blessed to be able to enjoy it! Beautiful artwork! THANK YOU! :)
Comment: Thanks for the 2 book pages. It's amazing some of the books that have been banned and the reason for them. I am ambivalent about banning books, I'm against it for the most part however I believe there is some information that really should not be that easy to get, such as how to build a bomb or abc's of poison.
Comment: Hi Rift,
Thanks for resending! That is so odd that the letter didn't come through. I don't know how to explain it. Anyway, I appreciate your follow up and your extra goodies! That's very kind of you. I enjoyed reading your weekend letter and remember you from L&J, which is still on my goals list to make happen. Just taking me much longer than I had hoped. Looking forward to connecting with you again! Thank you.
Comment: Loved the two reviews! Thank you. I put the kid's book on the list for my 8-year old's Christmas gifts. My kids always get at least one book under the tree along with their other gifts. He'll love itâ¤ï¸ðŸ“šðŸ˜„.
Comment: What an excellent weekend! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing from people around US and how they spend time with family, friends (community) and themselves. Look forward to hearing from you again.
Comment: OMG - just came across this pc with the awesome dragonfly (again), and just on the fly (pun intended), I decided to double-check and found out I hadn't rated you yet! So sorry! With this Zika stuff going around, I'm worried about the dragonfly population since they're trying to kill all the mosquitoes. Why don't they just raise/import more dragonflies and bats??? Anyway, thanks for the awesome card! <3
Comment: Thanks so much for joining in and thanks for your kind letter. I am so glad that you are feeling like writing again -- it can be so good for the soul, eh? I loved your photo of your desk and the squirrel card and rainbow stamp, too :) Happy writing!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful notecard. I'm glad you found your art motivation. I totally understand it. I haven't scrapbooked in such a long time. Hopefully I'll find my motivation. Thanks for the picture of the blue heron.
Comment: Thanks for the page! I love that movie too - still have a little plastic Falcor that hangs out on my desk with me. :D I read the Neverending Story when I was a lot younger and can't remember many of the differences. I think the movies depart pretty far from the book, but to be perfectly honest, the only thing I remember about the second movie was that it gave me nightmares. XD I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!
Response: Thank you; awesome about your desk Falkor! I def recommend a re-read... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Guess I need to look up the 2nd movie.
Comment: That's a great looking garden, love all the lush colors, thanks for sharing :)
For some reason all the ratings for this swap were only the texts, I remember rating them earlier but Sb works in mysterious ways sometimes... sorry it took a while to check this, I've been super busy :/ Thanks for the heads up!
Comment: Hi Rift! I love your card with all the veggies on it! Bummer about the spaghetti squash! Hopefully those dang bugs leave them alone this time around, you are very patient! We have zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers that we have been eating on for a couple of weeks - yum! I love fresh from the garden veggies! Wishing you lots of luck with yours! I did have a fun weekend - thanks! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Wow, you have a LOT of supplies! Pretty much all three of my partners for this swap had way more supplies than I have. I'm beginning to develop a complex about it. *haha* Thanks for sharing! :-)
Response: Ha, a lot of stuff that doesn't get used on a regular basis! Don't worry, it will all pile up for you as well, just give it some time. :) Thanks for the heart, and sorry the pics didn't line up in my email, don't know why it did that!
Comment: Oh, Rift, I love your handmade card - it is of professional quality. Thank you for educating me on the tuft on top of the bird's head. :) I feel envious over you community garden. I'll need to check out the Orphan's Tales... I'm intrigued. A long walk with your camera sounds like another enjoyable, relaxing day. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with me. I really enjoyed reading the note. I also love the clever way you tied information from my profile to your photo card, postage stamp, and even the extra postcard. You've really earned your heart to make this a very special happy mail for me.â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: :) Thanks for the lovely comment and the hearts!
Comment: Thank you for the book recommendations! I'm not really sure either about the "How to be alive" book, I feel a little sceptic. But who knows, maybe I should read it? :) I'm definitely gonna look into the other book you recommended, it seems like something right up my alley!
Comment: Thank you for sharing the wonderful green photos and about the trip to Hot Spring!
I would've loved the peaceful atmosphere, too. Btw, you looked nice in the photo. Try not to hide behind camera next time! :)
Response: Aw, that's sweet of you to say! Thanks for the heart, too.
Comment: Great card! Don't have a good reads acct. but might have to get one, as several people have suggested it. Don't keep a blog, can hardly keep up with my journal. Love that you're faithful with sending postcards. Thanks for being a part of the swap. Great having you.
Comment: gorgeous dragonfly photo. sounds like you was busy busy. gotta let me know how your plants do. dont forget to finish that homework and the ever growing weekend to do list.the hummingbird is gorgeous. glad he lets you get close. thanks for goodies.
Comment: Thank you for the book postcard. I love stacks of books! I see the Snail Mail book in the right hand pile. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful pictures and reading the letter writing etiquette.
Comment: I loved the slip of colored paper holding the letter!!! It was fab!!! Thanks for the book recommendations!! I would read the Doomsday book...I am going to try and find it for my kobo!! The Sheep book...interesting as it seems, not my cup of tea!
Comment: Thanks for you lovely long letter and the gorgeous bookmarks! I actually needed some new bookmarks and they were so pretty, will brighten my day every time I open a book. :)
Expect a reply soonish!
Comment: OMgosh..I laughed, smiled and giggled all the way from the box to the house and thats a full city block....then I shared the postcard with my mother in law and her visiting aunt. Not only is the picture a-dor-able but I was picturing you trying to capture the shot which was priceless!!! You used a cool font to make my name...sigh.......I shall luve this card forever. x
Response: So glad to brighten your day! The piggies and I definitely had fun, thanks so much for hosting a wonderful swap! â™¥!
Comment: The scrub Jay is gorgeous and so is the quality on the postcard! I even luv the paper feel. Oh, Donald Duck, get outta here. HOw, funny, original, cleaver, and scathing! Oh my. lol. THANK YOU! x
Comment: Thanks for the beaver card! Many people have said the same thing after seeing my profile - they stop and think and then say, yes, you're right, I haven't seen a beaver in the wild, either! One day....
Comment: Wow, love this pc with the flower & bee - thanks, rift! :o) Your garden sounds wonderful, it's no surprise it makes you smile. I moved to an apartment in the city last fall (a necessary move), and I could grow a few things on my patio if I want, but I'm too lazy this year, maybe next? There are also garden plots you can sign up for, but my gardening days are behind me. Now I just hit the farmer's market. ;oP
Comment: Sorry for rating late. Going through mail and found your photos. Incredible! I love the bird notecard ;) the photos were super nice! Thank you!
Response: Thank you so much for going through your old mail and taking the time to rate me. I was so sad thinking this one had gotten lost in the mail, and I wasn't up to resending. I'm glad you got it and I'm glad you liked it!
Comment: Lol, the back of the postcard must have gotten caught in a postal machine there were 7 places where it had gotten ripped and curled up. The good thing is the curls remained and could be read. The front is unscathed. Thank you for the nice sunflower postcard.
Response: wow, amazed it got to you! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Wow! That's a pretty amazing pic!! I tried to catch a similar photo last year with the bees visiting my delphiniums but it didn't turn out very well. Next year we are hoping to have our own hive so I might have more chances to practice. Thanks for the PC:)
Response: Ha... yep, it's ALL practice. I don't know how many hundreds of pics of bees I've taken, trying to get that one! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Rating you a 3 because my profile clearly states I hate home-made sarcasm. In fact I only like sarcasm bought from stores in third-world countries so I probably would have hated your US-bought sarcasm as well. F--- would not swap again. // (For anyone reading profile comments who doesn't recognise third-world sarcasm: the previous rating comment is *not* meant seriously.)
Response: The "3" rating that you gave me for this swap is completely unacceptable. I demand that you give me a "1" rating immediately! I will be contacting the swap host about this. ;) â™¥
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards. I loved the quote from Stanley Horowitz. Not even know her. I love photographing flowers and hopefully get to make postcards of my photos someday. Here we begin the fall, but that is always seeming summer. :) Happy Spring for you! Greetings!!
Comment: Hello Rift:
Thank you for the copy of the one page from Glamour in Glass page 83 by Mary Robinette Kowal. The one page caught my interest. I may try reading the book at a later date after I finish my current book that I am reading right now called Archangel's Legion by Nalini Singh. This is the sixth book in her Archangel's Guild Hunter's Series. Happy Reading!
Comment: OH RIFT!!!!!
Today I've sent a postcard to you and... have found two postcards from you on my mailbox! ^_^ THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH GIRL!
Did you take the photos on the postcards? I really don't know what of them I like more... :_) Thanks again Rift, you really have made my day!!
Ton of love!
Comment: Hi Rift! I got your cool postcard today, I love it! This summer was my first attempt at gardening and I think it went ok, I'm going to plant more flowers and plants that attract bees and butterflies next year though. Take care!
Comment: Your photos were so beautiful. You should be proud!! Hard to decide on a favorite. I love taking pictures of birds but I have to say what a wonderful shot of the raccoon!! Cow is great, too! Thanks so much!!!
Comment: Thanks so much for your personable answers! I really liked reading your writing, and I would love a handmade postcard if you still want to send one! I have given blank handbound journals out for Christmas gifts one year myself ;D I really miss the days when I had a bedroom big enough to craft in; I'm jealous of your intimate and comfortable setting.
Comment: That is strange because I have never had a swap partner that we exchanged our items. I sent you a postcard too. I wrote a note on that one for you. I love tomatoes so I liked your card alot. They lok so good. Yes we have been eating strawberries. I have some small pea plants that someone gave me so hope that they get bigger. Sounds like you have a real nice garden. Thank you again for the card.
Comment: Great photo pc. You might add some shipping tape on the front as this one was thrashed a bit in transit.
Response: Thanks, Judee!. I do add a layer of lamination to my International postcards... but I guess I need to add it to my US postcards as well. Thanks again for the input, it's very much appreciated!
Comment: Thanks for the cemetery card, and the note card of your photos. You do great work! The PC was perfect--love it. I take lots of pics in cemetaries, and sometimes when I turn it black and white or sepia I get a creepy undertone.
Comment: HI rift!
thank you for the lovely home-made postcard
... i am glad you celebrate the greenery of
the pacific northwest (kudos on the laborious
gardening efforts!) & congratulations on your
> keep up the good work!
Comment: You're a wonderful photographer !!! I did love your postcard , thank you so much !!! Is that cherry tree on street or in a park or is it in your garden ? I love cherry blossoms. Thank you so much again !!!
Response: oh Thank You! You made my day :) I took the photo from the sidewalk, the cherry tree belongs to one of my neighbors. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Love the GREEN postcard that arrived... loved all the "green" things you listed, too! Made me think of some of my favorite "green" moments... the smell of a freshly mowed lawn that first time in the spring, ahhh! Thanks!
Comment: Thanks so much--love the quote and love the book pile--looks much like my own! :) I am enjoying this--and am also trying to not go crazy on swaps, but getting cards is so much fun.
Comment: Girl Have I got a story for you... We had these Blue Herrons down at our pond eating our gold fish, my husband told me one a.m. he was going to get him a Blue Herron on this particular day, and so he did. He took it in his arms, and we called the Heron society.... they picked him up, and healed him... and wanted to bring him back to our house... and let him go... OH NO..... we said..... He had a virus, and was sick... but we saved his life, and the life of our fish... I have this great picture of my husbnad holding a blue Herron in his arms in our kitchen in our house....lololol It is great to see the wildlife... Thank you Pat
Response: Wow, that is a great story, Patricia! :) Thanks for taking care of your heron neighbor!
Comment: I thought a card I got the other day was from you. Sorry. I got yours today and love how you did it. Would you be willing to share how you made it?
Response: Heya judee! I set up my postcards in a desktop publishing program called PagePlus by Serif. Then print them on card stock or double sided matte photo paper. To make the pc studier, I sometimes seal the photo side with lamination paper. Thanks so much for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the nice card and the great quote. Do you print your own cards? Where do you get the great paper?
Response: Oh shoot! I've been experimenting with several different papers lately... so I'm not sure! Guessing: I get 110 pound card stock, print it, cover the photo side with lamination paper, then cut it out.
Thanks for the heart, Kankalin!
Comment: THank you for the postcard :] I taught myself to crochet a week or two ago so I could amigurumi. I've made 4 dolls so far, and have started posting really cute (free) patterns I've found to my blog. I found a SUPER cute octopus pattern, and I can not wait to start making it. I just ordered 17 things of yarn (yikes!) so I'm waiting for them to get here so I can pick the right color for my new octo-friend. Till then, I'm making small plushies to give to the local hospital and church for kids for christmas. It's fun and I can do something helpful with them!
Response: awww! your squid is cute! Thanks for posting patterns... I've added your blog to my reader. Now I just need some time to practice my crocheting!! :)
Comment: I love sunflowers! I don't ever see them around here, though.. and I don't have any proper place to plant a garden. One day I will.. and then I will fill it full of sunflowers. :D Thanks for the PC!
Comment: beeeyouteefull! I too adore sunflowers and was shocked to be able to grow them from a little seed to about 12 feet high several summers in a row! I keep forgetting to try since I moved here to the Seattle area...but I'm just not sure if there is enough sunshine here! ;) thanks for sharing! Happy swapping & shooting! :)
Comment: It's great that you are active in a community garden. We have had quite the opposite weather here though, it got hot and dry fast, so all of our plants are frying in the sun this year, but we had an early spring so we were able to see some pretty blooms early! Loved your photos my favorite was the asters, I think I might have to plant those next year.
Response: Thanks for the heart! We planted that aster plant from a medium sized pot in the middle of the summer, last year, and it bloomed all through to the end of autumn... So don't wait for next year to get those asters!! :)
Comment: Great card - I love the little red bird. Your page is so peaceful. Yes, I'd love to draw more in my journals but I'm mostly not happy with my mad drawing skilz. :-( Gotta take a class or something.