Swap-bot Time: November 22, 2017 3:35 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: November 22, 2017
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated SEPT 1. 2017,

I am thrilled if someone posts fun images to my profile. Despite the explanation, I can not do this with my computer.

9/29/17 My husband Paul, is battling Bone Marrow Cancer. He is working towards a stem cell transplant. His chances of survival are good.

I have been married 29 years, and we used to be foster parents. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

We have both 6 cats and 4 dogs. I bought the crazy cat lady starter kit, but I swear the last 2 cats adopted us. One just came in the back door and started eating. So we fixed her and she is still here. In May of 2017, 2 more cats adopted us. We named the last one UNA purrman, cause what is one more cat? Well let me tell you, 6 cats is enough. Oh the cat litter boxes!!!

How I got 4 dogs, when I swore I was not a dog person, is very hard to explain. The oldest dog Sadie is 11 and at the request of a friend we took in her unwanted dog 2007. Then I needed Princess, in Aug of 2015 (humane society), then Shyanne, needed me in OCT of 2016, and this year Tess needed us. So four dogs. And they are all so lovely and sweet. We are family. The last two dogs have some real issues with anxiety. It does make you wonder what happened to them before they came to me.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have 3 kids who are all adults, living with us. My oldest son moved to California with his wife in May of 2017. My daughter, that iis going to college in Tuscon will be studying endophytes in Paris for the rest of 2017, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 4 kids in college right now, and no we are not paying their way. We will put a roof over their head while they are in college as long as they can follow a few simple rules. As IF! Two of my girls should graduate in May of 2018. One will be a teacher and the other will study endophytes in a lab or something close to that.
An endophyte is an endosymbiont, often a bacterium or fungus, that lives within a plant for at least part of its life cycle without causing apparent disease. Yes, I had no idea either.

I am CastleQueen over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didnt reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better. It stuck with me.

Things we leave behind.

Sometimes in life, we take a deeper look and try to decide what would we leave behind if we were to die? What brings me joy while I am alive? After doing some reflection due to having life's big events shoved in my face, I have decided I want to leave behind more quilts for my family and less paper items that might not mean so much to them. I rightly suspect that when I die they might toss all my ATCs and postcards, as they have no meaning to them. My ATCs do bring me joy while I am alive, and some postcards also do. But my future will be focusing creating some quilts to leave behind. No, I am not dying. Well, we are all going to die someday, but I should be fine for another 20 years or so.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards:
I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, John Cusack, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, zebras, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Geigo Gecko, Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I host swaps once a month for one bizarre holiday in the group ALL ABOUT ATC. See my profile for the group.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.

Dislikes/ No JOY

I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com Azmom875 there too.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do swap tea, here and on Paperbackswap.com I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

if you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.


Comment: Hello Heather -- thanks for the Vegas card. Yeah, I've been to Vegas a couple of times, usually on the way to somewhere else. I like to look at the craziness, but not a gambler, so an afternoon or so is good enough for me! Best, al
bbsporty rated for AMMM: Thanksgiving APC on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great apc and Thanksgiving card!
Comment: Thank you!
luluvision rated for AMMM: Merry UN-Birthday to US! on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: Oooh! I can't wait to see what's inside the package! Thank you so much! I'm going to save it for Christmas....or will I?
BigBangMomma rated for Tiny House I and J on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: I'm glad you are enjoying this theme. Thank you for my swap!
Dsweeny rated for 3 Fav Bible verses and tea bag on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Hi Heather! LOVE LOVE LOVE the flavors of tea you sent me! I am a huge fan of the breakfast in paris black tea, and can't wait to try the dark orange bliss - thank YOUUUU so much for checking my profile, you NAILED it! Am so in love with the favorite verses you shared with me, too - the paper is lovely and will fit nicely on my o-ring of Bible verses. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you. Dina
Dsweeny rated for CSG ~ Storms on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Hi Heather! Wow, just wow! I so enjoyed reading your thoughts on this study...your insites into this were amazing, and you gleaned much I hadn't thought about when doing mine. I LOVE THE index card verse you sent as well. I put these on an o-ring so I can refer back to them, and yours will be joining in. What a perfect choice for this swap. And no, my sweety, HE WILL NEVER LEAVE us. Words to imprint on our hearts. xoxo
fairyduster53 rated for envelope of Pink items on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Loved my pink pretties!! Thanks
mjhaertling rated for All Decked out APC THREES on Nov 8, 2017
Comment: I received this swap just today, don't know where it has been so long. I like how you used the owl stamps on 3 of the cards. thank you for the bird die cuts
nully rated for envelope of black items on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: thanks, I love the washi and cuts!
Comment: Thanks for the beautifull and cute ATC's I really love them they will get a nice place in my ATC collecting book :)
Comment: The magpie journal is lovely, thank you for filling it up and using such varied embellishments!
LoveThis rated for Send my postcard back - Week 5 on Oct 30, 2017
Comment: thankyou very much :)
Comment: Thank you for the ATC and for hosting this swap. I have left the ATC in the envelope and will look at it once I have finished my cards for the swap. :)
Jjean rated for Listen UP! audio book swap on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Audio....I have not heard this one...Read the back & it seems like it will be very interesting..... fun swap....... :)
Comment: Thank You! I hope you and your 6 cats are well!
Comment: MANY thanks for sending so many wonderful goodies and looking at my profile for what I use! I really like your idea of including a stamped PC for the receiver to mail back stating they got your swap.
grandmaroro rated for envelope of blue items on Oct 25, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the envelope of blue. I'm sue they will work into my journals.
BugLeigh rated for Cactus ATCs - Newbie Friendly on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the extas! i love Phoenix.
Comment: Thanks for the ATC. The flowers are cute but I thought it would have the lizard like I will use.

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bbsporty on Nov 22, 2017:

Thank you for all of the AWG postal ephemera! It's perfect!

Ryleighsmom on Nov 19, 2017:

I squealed at all the Box Tops and stamps you sent via AWG Nov. wishlist!!! Thank you!!!

Cgscdy on Nov 18, 2017:

Tysm for all the goodies from AWG!!!

Lonestarchild on Nov 18, 2017:

Thanks so much for the Nov AWG Wish -- I will use all of these!

CurlyTea on Nov 10, 2017:

CurlyTea on Nov 6, 2017:

scrappermama on Nov 5, 2017:

Happiest unbirthday!! Hope you had an amazing day! Unbirthday gift going postal tomorrow!

kittyhahahotbot on Nov 5, 2017:

Hows it going birthday girl?

CurlyTea on Nov 2, 2017:

Babsmomof5 on Oct 21, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you sent for my AWG Wishlist. I can't tell you how much it means to me! Also, I love your new die!

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