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Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: March 26, 2017
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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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)

We have both cats and dogs. I bought the crazy cat lady starter kit, and now feed too many stray cats outside, plus the 4 inside cats that own us.

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. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. We presently have 3 kids (2 adults) living with us. Two adult kids that live in Phoenix, one is going to college in Tuscon, and 2 adults that live in New Mexico near their bio mom. So 3 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.

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.

I run a food bank every Saturday, We give away perishable food to about 200 people, in total each week. We allow them to pick and choose the foods they like and will eat instead of giving them a prepared box of food. Our goal is to help meet their nutritional needs and do it with dignity. We serve a large population of Veterans, disabled and single moms, refugees, cancer patients, as well as large families or families that have taken in foster kids (non relatives) or Kindred Care (relatives), or families that have had one wage earner lose their job.

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.


StarkovskayaOlga rated for Beautiful Birds PC Swap on Mar 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you!
Jadelynn rated for Private swap on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you very much for your lovely ATC and awesome Harry Potter stamps :D
pkpeace rated for Doggie ATC on Mar 19, 2017
Comment: "Sassy" is perfect for the photo! Nice, thanks!
debtea2 rated for ATCJ: Free Themed Starter Set x 3 on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: hi they are great thank you I guess because of the storm it took so long thank you
indigo68 rated for Reptile Lovers PC Swap on Mar 16, 2017
Comment: The gila monster is so cool! Love the postcard, thank you. :)
Response: I am so glad you liked it, we love our Gila Monsters too. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: George R. R. Martin does write some long books, ha! Nice ATCs, thanks!
clorinspats rated for Anamalia ATC Swap #20 - "T" on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: What a truly spectacular ATC!! I love the collage, and the vintage stamp is so good!!!
Response: Thanks for the heart, I sure had fun working on the animal cards. I never know what I will make til I sit down. I personally love atcs with older canceled postage stamps. I am glad you also liked it. I have a whole 3 ring binder of saved postage stamps for art.
moM rated for ATCJ P ,Q, R on Mar 14, 2017
Comment: As always, these are really wonderful! I can't wait to get working on them.
Response: You are also doing a super job on all these cards. The end is near. Thanks for the heart.
Allegrae rated for ATCJ: Free Themed Starter Set x 3 on Mar 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the pretty starter set! Looking forward to working on it.
Comment: Thank you for the swap nice ATC love the extra. I had sent three ATCS to my swap partner because I didn't get an answer by the time I was ready to send. All is good my international partner will be Happy.
Mimi7 rated for ATCJ: Free Themed Starter Set x 3 on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the starter sets and the extra ones
Mimi7 rated for ATCJ M, N, O on Mar 9, 2017
Comment: Thanks for these great sets and for the extra jams too
PaulaF rated for S animal card swap on Mar 6, 2017
Comment: Hi Heather! Your cute envie just arrived with adorable sea otter ATC and great extras! I'm so glad you were willing to do this swap with me. :) Thanks so much!
Comment: Thank you for the very pretty and nicely made card :)!
wm rated for Butterfly postcard on Mar 3, 2017
Comment: thank you. How sad that there aren't too many butterflies in your area. Wonder what would happen if you planted a garden filled with flowers that butterflies enjoy?
Conniegirl rated for Sticker slapped PC on Mar 2, 2017
Comment: Very pretty, nice choice of stivkers. Thank you!
judgedbyabookscover rated for Serendipity Envelope on Mar 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks!
Janevey rated for Tell me what to read next #7 on Feb 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your book review. It does sound really interesting book. Ghost have always interested me and I want to look if our library has copy of this book. Thanks :)
brianfuchs rated for Sticker slapped PC on Feb 27, 2017
Comment: I try to start my day by thinking of something to make me smile. It doesn't always work, but I find it often puts me on the right path for the day. Thanks for the card.
Response: Thanks for the heart. I hope to see you in more swaps.
mellyrose89 rated for ESG: Reading challenge #7 on Feb 25, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! Sorry I did not rate you sooner.
Response: Thanks for the heart. Thanks for being a reading buddy. It is great to chat about books.

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scrappermama on Mar 24, 2017:

Thank you for my unbirthday stamps & tea! It's been a great month! Hate to see it end! 😆

angelgram on Mar 13, 2017:

♪♫♜♨ ṼꜫՐΎ ℳꜫՐՐΎ ỰṈ-ϐЇՐͲΉḊḀΎ ♪♫♜♨

You made it a ṼꜫՐΎ ℳꜫՐՐΎ ỰṈ-ϐЇՐͲΉḊḀΎ and brought the ₸ℇÅ ℙÅℝ₸Ύ to Me. Now like the Mad Hatter said "It's Always Tea Time" well at my house-THANKS TO YOU. I didn't fall down the Rabbit hole but so many tea bags and so many flavors keep tumbling out of the package - It's A MONTH OF TEA - so my birthday will last an additional 30 ỰṈ-ϐЇՐͲΉḊḀΎ days.-THANKS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful handcrafted B-DAY card too -THANKS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

♪♫♜♨ ṼꜫՐΎ ℳꜫՐՐΎ ỰṈ-ϐЇՐͲΉḊḀΎ ♪♫♜♨

flowerchild on Mar 10, 2017:

Thank you for returning my ATC Jam! Happy to add to yours and keep it moving:)

JenniferB on Mar 9, 2017:

Hi Heather...thank you so much for the AAA RAK. A wonderful envie full of useful items. I even got caught up reading the two pages of Return to Eden, oh and how steamy that was getting! LOL But she came to her senses and decided to end it. 😂Thank you again. 😊🦋

pkpeace on Mar 6, 2017:

Thank you for granting my wish (AWG / March)! Both Cindi and I appreciate your support of her! Hugs, Patty

JenniferB on Feb 24, 2017:

OMGoodness Heather! The RAK you sent me is soooooo awesome! I love it all, and it will all be used! I'm so amazed at the wonderful variety of bits n bobs....Thank you 😊❤💜💙💚💛

mamajoy on Feb 23, 2017:

Thank you Heather, for the R.A.K. of fun stuff. Yes, I can use everything. It was so nice of you to do this. Great background papers! Joy

anrtist on Feb 18, 2017:

THANK YOU So Much @AZMom875 for the wonderful AWG Feb. Peacock luv! I love the notecards and the magazine cutout that finally made it my way! LOL ;-)

THANX & Blessings, cc

bbsporty on Feb 14, 2017:

Margothecat on Feb 13, 2017:

Thank you for granting a Feb wish on A Wish Granted - love everything!

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