Swap-bot Time: May 22, 2018 2:25 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: May 22, 2018
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated APRIL 20.2018

I think I should mention, that I really dont read my email for important information. My email is a lot of notifications that are not really important. I do read my pms here more than twice a day. and do check my comments here on my profile about 4 times a week.


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

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.


kssunlover1947 rated for Cat Lovers Postcard Swap on May 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the card and note. The siamese on the stamp looks like a couple that a friend used to have.
LadyRisa rated for "Exquisite Corpse" May 2018 on May 18, 2018
Comment: I’ll be happy to send this one home.
fruitypebbles rated for Bookmark It: DIY Bookmark Swap on May 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the lovely bookmark. Love the toad on the front. And thanks for sharing your current reads. I enjoyed getting the 411 on Rob Lowe. I used to think he was so cute. Thanks for taking the time to write a synopsis for the books as well. Have a great weekend!
fruitypebbles rated for Spring Things! on May 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for letting me in on your spring plans. Wishing you a spring that is free of ticks and weather cool enough to walk your babies in the evenings ; ) Oh, and lots of good reads!
BizzyBusMom rated for 5/5 ATC MAY (USA ONLY) on May 13, 2018
Comment: Heather I love "School House" it is so personalized and thoughtful - one of my ALL time favorites. Thank you for taking the time. Thank you also for the cut outs. 5+
MMark rated for 5/5 ATC MAY (USA ONLY) on May 12, 2018
Comment: LOVE the school house card. Perfect! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the postcards! i abslutley LOVE the envelope! you're so talented!
fruitypebbles rated for For the Love of Dogs: PC Swap on May 8, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing about your fur babies! The postcard is adorable.
Kskollections rated for 5/5 ATC MAY (USA ONLY) on May 7, 2018
Comment: Very sweet. I love it!
blueseabliss rated for 5/5 ATC MAY (USA ONLY) on May 7, 2018
Comment: Please remember to put the name of the swap somewhere in the note or on the ATC.... :) Thank you very much for this little birdie, he is very cute!
SamiE rated for 5/5 ATC MAY (USA ONLY) on May 7, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute school house ATC and the little cutouts.
Anettethhjertnes rated for Found in my Kid's room INT on May 7, 2018
Comment: Sometimes walking in to your kids room can be a blessing, you walk out again with trash to use in your artwork. Thank you for the atc and the extras
Comment: Nice, gave me a lot of ide's for later, thank's for the extras
Comment: Thank you very much, new to me AZ map card and yes have been to Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, would go again. Your envelope is very creative, love it!!!
jjhere rated for USA only Found in my Kid's room on May 5, 2018
Comment: Ha ha! I spotted the gum wrapper right away. :) Thanks so much for the clever ATC and extras.
reader44ever rated for Reading Challenge 2018-May on May 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for your review of Mist of Midnight, Heather. That book sounds interesting to me! Can I ask why you don't plan to read any more in its series? I don't think you said in your review. ??? Thanks again for sharing! :-) <3
Response: I will send you a Pm. The book series isnt really a series that is a continuation. The characters in book 2 are not ones from book 1. You could read book 2 as a stand alone. I won book 1 in a swap on PBS, I also dont own book 2 so, I really dont plan to seek it out nor try to win it is a swap.
nancybarlow rated for YTPC: Embellishment Clusters on May 4, 2018
Comment: Heather, the embellishments you sent are so much fun! I'm working on mine, and you are an inspiration. I promise to use them creatively! :)
Rabbitfreedom rated for Lace and Ribbon Curiosities on May 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you
ScrapHappyGabi rated for AMMM: My Area! on May 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! This is so much fun - I will use all these goodies in my journals!!! I lived in Tucson in the 90s and I miss it so much!!
Comment: Got it! Will be fun with all the goodies you put in the envelope! Yay!

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Cgscdy on Apr 18, 2018:

Tysm for my bday card and cat punches from AWG so very cute! Love them!

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 16, 2018:

thinking of you

bjmonroe on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you for the April wishes

Lonestarchild on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for the (AWG) birthday wishes!!

mariamichelle on Apr 7, 2018:

Thanks again for all the address pens. I love all pens so I figured with what I had I'd start a collection. It's fun and you made a great contribution.

ReadMoreBooks33 on Mar 16, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard and book recommendations!


P.S. A jackalope - awesome!!

CurlyTea on Mar 15, 2018:

Tigerlilyknotwise on Mar 15, 2018:


What a fun package for March AWG!! Thank you so much! Spanish, and wax melts, and groundhogs, oh my! Sending a PM :) You totally made my day!

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