Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2018 8:01 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: November 14, 2018
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated July 5, 2018

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm first.

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

7/5/18. Amazing news from my husbands last bone marrow biopsy. Before, Jak2 mutations, several Chromosomal mutation, and extreme Fibrosis in his marrow. Today. Jak 2 is negative. He has absolutely NO DNA chromosomal Mutations, and his fibrosis is 0 to 1, which is normal. The stem cell transplant has worked and is creating new blood, new marrow and fixing mutations. Rejoice with us.

Update 4/20/18 My husband came home from the hospital Friday the 13th (April). He calls it his released into the wild day. He is very restricted on what he can eat, do, or where he can go. His Day 100 will be the 4th of July, and he might get off some of the restrictions. He is basically trying to avoid any infections. I now will be home watching him, as required to monitor his for Graft vs host disease, which is basically rejection of his transplant. We go to the Bone Marrow Transplant clinic twice a week for IVs and blood tests and the like. We are watching the Diamondbacks on TV. He is pretty bored. I am pretty busy, cooking, cleaning, dealing with medical stuff. I still have plenty of time for my swaps. yeah!

Update 3/10/18 My husband goes into the hospital March 16th, starting chemo, His Stem cell transplant day zero is March 22nd. He will be in an isolation ward for 3 to 6 weeks.

Update 12/20/17, they found a stem cell match, for my husband!! a 28 year old male outside of the USA who is willing to donate. They keep putting off the transplant date. Now we are scheduled for March, when we should be starting chemo to destroy my husbands bone marrow and begin the stem cell transplant.

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 will have been married 30, Jan 2018 years, We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH they are all adults now. 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 2 calico cats and 4 dogs. Sure they like treats. But then again I can go buy them some too. Tess, the blue healer likes stuffed animals. She wont share with the other dogs. Sadie, and ShyAnne aka Cheyenne, also love stuffies, but Tess is very possessive.

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 FEB 2017 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. As of 2018 the two dogs with anxiety issues are buddies and really have calmed down. I am so glad my son brought Tess home, as she is a darling dog who was not being appreciated for her true beautiful self at her other home.

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 is 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 CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't 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.


dancingDog rated for USATC: Eye love ATC's! on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Nice ATC! Thanks for the lovely coin too.
deesides rated for Arsty Fartsy Postcard swap INT on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Adolphe-William Bougueau card with the inspiring quote!
HannahsMommy07 rated for Stamped HMPC Letter G on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: SO CUTE!
ttbishop rated for CC: Sender's Choice ATC #8 on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: OMG! I LOVE THEM! thank you so much! You really made my day! :-D PS: My family has a silly rule that all of our cats have to have names that start with the letter S. My family HIGHLY approves of, and adores, the name Sniffles!
Response: I am so glad you liked the atc. I made it for you after seeing how much you like to hear about others cats. BTW a new stray just adopted me. I named her Yetti since she is a Himalayan stray.
shinyserra rated for Stamped HMPC Letter H on Nov 13, 2018
Comment: What cute hedgehog stamps!
cindygroet rated for Reading Challenge 2018-November on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your book review, it sounds like an interesting read.
karenc5079 rated for ATC Bag #57 (USA) on Nov 12, 2018
Comment: Great cards. Thank You
sharmison33 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard! Very creative and I love your layering 😊🍁😊
Comment: Love the quote and the postcard! Thanks
SunTradeToo rated for CSG ~ Christian / Bible ATCs on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Very beautiful. Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸ 💟
SunTradeToo rated for Artsy Fartsy Postcard USA ONLY on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Love the PC and the minion sticker! Thank you ♪♫*¨*•.¸¸ 📬
Comment: Thank you for the resend. Loved every thing you sent. Have a great day every day. bearnbabs
squince rated for Artsy Fartsy Postcard USA ONLY on Nov 9, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous art!
MyRetroSoul rated for Artsy Fartsy Postcard USA ONLY on Nov 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
jenmcjen rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Very adorable! I love hand painted, and the leaves, just fab!! Thank you!
USAFwife rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fun postcard. :)
faeriemail rated for Newbie postcard swap USA only on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the nice card, I really liked the quote.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful postcard and great quote! Thanks for hosting too!
Bananers rated for Things With Wings on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the great images. And..for angeling the coins from cards swap. 😁

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KarenFife on Nov 14, 2018:

Thanks for choosing me as your Unassigned Parter in the Postcard Roulette Swap! I love this series. That was an interesting piece of art on the postcard!

supersquirrel on Nov 13, 2018:

I received the 2 finished bird jams today too. Thank you so much and thanks for the new starter set :)

jenmcjen on Nov 13, 2018:

I received two BEAUTIFULLY finished ATC jams today and thank you so much! Also, I love the ones you sent, and can't wait to work on them!!! It'll be a couple of days, as I get caught up on my obligations, but I'm thinking already what I want to do....

CurlyTea on Nov 5, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Sep 27, 2018:


Thanks for the fun AWG package for September! The cat ears are a hoot! I wore them to pick up my niece from school and she thought it was great! (she's 8) Thanks also for the fun napkins and cute stickers, and for the "open when". I love having these on standby! Really fun wish package - you're the best!

phillaine on Sep 27, 2018:

clutterfree on Sep 21, 2018:

sorry about the oops one...trying again..lol

from AWG...Heather, Thank you for thinking of me on my special day...this card is beautiful and I will return your NY PC soon! Thank you also for the note card you tucked in for me to use....hugs to you and Paul!..Charlene

Artistic on Sep 13, 2018:

AWG: Those quotes make me want to read that book! Thank you. Lovely job on the splatter background, too.

supersquirrel on Sep 12, 2018:

The JAM with the metal gear? Yes, very cool. Have you received the "Dream Big" back from Bananers? So cute too!! Thanks for your contributions to them :)

reader44ever on Sep 3, 2018:

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on a series book with me! I'm sorry that that book two was such a disappointment for you, especially since book one was so great for you.

I'll have to remember to try that series thanks to my library, and only buy it if I love all the books.

Thank you again! 5❤

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