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Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: October 24, 2020
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated June 15, 2020

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

I will have been married 32 years, as of, Jan 2020. 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.

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. I have one adult, former foster, still living with me, age 32. He moved back in with me OCT of 2019, as he in need of a kidney transplant. He will need our help over the next year to two. We keep thinking after he moves out, we might start all over again and be GRANDfoster parents, as we have zero, nada, zilch, grandkids. We will see, were are pretty tired as parenting doesnt seem to stop just because the kids become 18.

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, maybe even as the queen of this castle. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2017. (He always has to out do me). He successfully has made it past the 2 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank, with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 3 rescued dogs and 4 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing. I cant seem to stay in the lines. Go figure.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, 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: Cacti. 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 like Christmas in July stuff.

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.


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.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

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 I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

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 like to swap tea. 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.

About Me

THEMES that bring me joy.

A- alligators, ants, animals, apple scented things, avocados, acorns

B- butterflies, black bears, brown bears, buttons, birds, borders for paper crafting, books,

C- cats, coffee, cacti, clocks, clocktowers, crowns,

D- dogs, dachshunds, deer, daisies, desert in bloom,

E- elephants, eggplants,

F- Fish, esp on atcs, I have not idea why, Flowers, fall leaves,

G- GEIGO GECKO, green is my favorite color. all green atcs.

H- heather plant, Hawaii


J -Jackalopes

K- kangaroos,

L- lemons. lace,

M- mice,



P- pumpkins but not jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkins scented things, Pumpkin spice things, postcard (see likes above), Playing card (5s, jokers, and Face card esp)

Q queens, quilts,


S- snakes are fine, I am not afraid. snowflakes, snowmen,

T- Tim holtz, trees,

U- umbrellas,

V- vintage

W- wings on people and dogs

X xenophobia depicted in art.


Z -zebras,


aligurl75 rated for Give one, get SIX! on Oct 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard :) I was like you, when I saw the number of people that joined the swap I was worried that she would run out of postcards. :)
julesstewart rated for Working Woman Swap #1 on Oct 14, 2020
nannydino rated for I spy a blue dress INT on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: Hi Heather thank you for the Scandalous Flirt PC . my sincere apologies for the late rating. Please read the update on my profile page if you want. peace love light
nannydino rated for I spy a red Dress INT on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: My sincere apologies for the late rating . If you want you can read update on my profile page. It’s a beautiful postcard. peace love light
CookieMomster78 rated for Adulting Awards! on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your adulting adventures! I enjoyed reading that bit about the library items because it makes me chuckle to think of all those bins sitting five days at a time until “covid dies”! LOL! This virus has caused a whole lotta cray! P.S. The pretty doilies were and “extra” nice surprise! Thank you!
Autist rated for Adulting Awards! on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and award! I enjoyed it.
dawnakaulen rated for Events Happening! on Aug 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the PC's! Lots of fun stuff to do :)
jessnewson98 rated for LLU: Your last library books on Aug 26, 2020
Comment: I can't believe how far behind I was with rating, I honestly thought I had rated you for this swap, I am so sorry! I still can't believe you can check out seeds from your library that is just so incredible! Thank you so much for your email too by the way, I loved reading through it! Have a wonderful week!
paperlover rated for Journal GIVEAWAY - Bedazzeled! on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Your idea for a quote journal is a good idea.
skinny52 rated for Male Mail on Aug 25, 2020
Comment: Well apparently you did find some males!! LOL Great assortment, thanks so much! Stay healthy and best wishes, Mar/skinny52
Comment: Love this! You added a lot more items from the challenge suggestions than the 3 I listed! Great job! Thank you for the cute sunflower with a ladybug too!
Comment: I love the ATC you made me!! Thank you so much! Thanks also for the fabric pieces. Take Care
BluBerry rated for APC Cactus Jacks 3 on Aug 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks for the wrap up! I think I may have to read The Ten Thousand Doors to January. Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: A two-fer! I'll be glad to send the Used stamp card home. How was "The Mother-in-Law" book? I'm curious. My book club is looking for a new book.
Comment: Thank your for sharing your incredibly detailed stats with me! I loves reading your thoughts on each books I'll do that next time :)
dawnakaulen rated for FPRU: Animals + 2 Random ADs on Aug 14, 2020
Comment: Thanks for a great selection of ad PC's! Love the Man Camp one :)
mjhaertling rated for APC RED 5s, butterfly stamp USA on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Thank you for the APC's and for hosting this series of swaps. I am making the black cards for myself so will have a full deck at the end. Can't wait to see what stamps are next.
Comment: Thank you for the fun supplies! I will definitely put them to good use!! Thank you!! GABI

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Highlander18 on Oct 21, 2020:

Thank you very much!! RAK OCT #1 Star Wars Postcards 5

Angelflores on Oct 13, 2020:

I never got my swap from my partner i writte to her but she never Reply. AFWLG: ENVIE OF FALL LEAVES INT this was the swap you where the host

debtea2 on Oct 2, 2020:

hang in there

Highlander18 on Sep 12, 2020:

Thank you for the RAK 3 K cups that are Apple CRUMB Donut flavored

Kirkdebb on Sep 6, 2020:

Thank you @AZmom875 for your August #1 RAK ATC background! What a great variety you sent! My favorite is the one with the owl washi tape!

chimerix on Sep 6, 2020:

Thank you for the great ATC backgrounds. Much Aloha! RAKs only August #1

J198928 on Sep 5, 2020:

Thank you for the ATC background RAK :) take care

Kirkdebb on Aug 23, 2020:

Thank you for the bookcovers RAK! They will definitely come in handy this year with homeschooling so my kids can protect their books!!

Also, thank you for the Welcome plate!! I have been thinking up a wreath for my door to add it to.

Tigerlilyknotwise on Aug 14, 2020:

Hey Heather - thanks for the Bearizona postcard! Sounds like fun :) I think I need to get out of the house soon too....!!

CherryBlossomLady on Jul 7, 2020:

Hello Friend!

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