Swap-bot Time: February 21, 2019 1:55 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: February 21, 2019
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated FEB 13, 2019

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.

2/13/19. My husband is 90% healed. Can you Imagine that a stranger, from Germany, gave a blood donation of his stem cells, and saved another persons life is a miracle. If you are between the ages of 18-44, "Be the match" would love to have you join the data bank, with a simple cheek swabbing. You might be able to save a life with your stem cells in your blood, not your bone marrow, as I the past.

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.


bruxbaby rated for 50 things you have eaten (E-swap) on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: You have eaten a lot of weird things. LOL!
Response: I know! right!
03Scarlett rated for Bible Study ~ King Jehoshaphat on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Heather, I got your swap yesterday and want to thank you for the extras and for your awesome swap answers from the study. I truly appreciate both. Love those little bible cards - they're kind of like Bible business cards in a way. So cute [and uplifting!]
Comment: Thank you for the scripture postcard - I'll keep it moving! And thank you for the extras and unexpected letter! I've used PBS but had never heard of Bookmooch - I'll have to check it out!
Comment: Thanks for the awesome teas and arty postcards. I esp. love the Wanderlust. What a fitting name. As for visiting where you live in summer...it's a dry heat, right? LOL! I bet you get sick of hearing that. Dang!!
Mamamoose rated for I love AD cards on Feb 20, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the nice card!
Angie rated for CC: Pig ATC USA on Feb 19, 2019
Comment: Hello. Thank you for the precious lpastel pigs ATC. Maybe I do like pastels after all. Lol. Thanks for the extras too!
Kathy821 rated for CSG ~ Pick 3 ~ Love on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: I can't even begin to thank you enough. How sweet you are and I can't tell you how timely your note and the book. Sometimes it's hard for me to understand and saying God does amazing things just doesn't seem to explain it all. I love everything. I will definitely plant the seeds and think about what you planted in my heart! Thank you so much. More than I can express! Thanks so much for the pen and key chain as well. Thank you so much.
SkaGirl rated for Some Love for Ad cards #2 US on Feb 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks!!!
Comment: Thanks so much. Great answers and I love the envelope!
Villagegreen rated for ODD double sided cards on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of cards. Best wishes.
ivanabu rated for CALG:Three cups & one letter on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks for teas, I look forward to try them!
Elizaveta rated for ODD double sided cards on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the interesting cards!:))
Elizaveta rated for Send me 4 in an envelope, Please on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful cards!:))
03Scarlett rated for Bible Study ~ The Mind on Feb 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much ... I wanted to also add that I love the older stamps you put on the envie to mail, that is so awesome! Also liked some of the ones you sent in the envie. Thank you! : )
Clearbrite rated for I love AD cards on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the card and being summer here (also no snow) I love the ice cream stamps!
ArtsyEm rated for Do What You Want 1 on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: I am in HEAVEN! LOL what a FUN swap- it's like a tea-spolsion! I can't wait to start trying these, thank you very very much for your thoughtfulness and generosity!! eeek feel like its my bday LOL
Comment: Oh wow! This is an awesome handmade Valentine! Thank you so very much! 💗🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘💗
Anneke rated for Anneke and AZmom875 penpals on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Absolutely 5 with a big heart!
Comment: LOVE the teacup! I am going to trace for a pattern. So cute. Thanks!

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Lonestarchild on Feb 19, 2019:

Thank you for the cool card and answer to my question! Feb AWG

tcornell on Feb 19, 2019:

Thank you for the February wish for AWG!

shinyserra on Feb 13, 2019:

Thank you so much for the stamped letter L RAK postcard!!!

yvonne401 on Feb 12, 2019:

Thank you for my AWG February wishes of tea, butterfly stickers and postcards. Also thanks for the personal Valentine's card to me!



Tigerlilyknotwise on Feb 12, 2019:


Thanks for the February Wish - love the lion ATC and the card in Spanish! Gracias!!

Mimi7 on Feb 4, 2019:

Love the "middle" ATC and all the extras!! Thanks so much!!

supersquirrel on Feb 2, 2019:

Early Spring!!

CurlyTea on Jan 31, 2019:

Thanks for AWG. Those papers are awesome!

hollycm6 on Jan 29, 2019:

Thank you for the letter, and ALL the fun surprises. I will write back as soon as I can!

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jan 29, 2019:


Thank you for the January wishes! Love seeing postcards from people's travels, and the lion ATC's were great! Tienes un dia bonita!

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