Swap-bot Time: May 19, 2024 6:57 pm


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Last Online: May 18, 2024
Birthday: August 27
Country: United States
Library Thing!
My nature adventures blog

About Me

Hi everyone! Greetings from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Thank you for reading my profile. I guess I could describe myself as 95 percent nerd and 5 percent hippie. ;)

In 2024, a longtime dream came true when I wrote and self-published a book! It is a 60ish page well-researched historical fiction novella inspired by real people and events of the 1800s in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. It is paperback and best suited for adult and teen readers. PM for info and/or if you would like to order a copy.

I've been on swap-bot for years and before that swapped through the group Nervousness. I'd rather do a few swaps that are special than lots of quick swaps.

After many years, it was time to update and spice up the old profile with an A-Z list of favorite things; here we go. I am conflicted about it now though. It seemed like my old long profile paragraphs were outdated. A list is quicker, more fun, and more informative; but I don't want it to seem like a gimme list. I like lots of things and appreciate many things.

A- Autumn, Astronomy, Archaeology, American Gods (book), Argyle

B- Books, Birds, Bats!, Black Cats, Bookmarks, British Things, Bees, Baba Yaga

C- Cats, Candles, Coloring, Candy, Cemeteries, Crows, Creative Writing, Celtic Music, Composting, Cacti, Cthulhu, Cards (greeting and blank cards), the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, Caves

D- Dreams, Diversity, Dragons, Documentaries

E- Elves and Fairies, Ecology, Egyptology, Ephemera

F- Fair trade items, Forests, Fu Lions, Folklore, Folk Music

G- Gargoyles!, Gardening, Ghost Stories, Game of Thrones, Gail Carriger's books, Gnomes!, Good Omens (show)

H- Handkerchiefs, History, Herb Gardening, Hex Signs, Homemade things, Halloween

I- Interesting rocks, Incense, Irish Mythology

J- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (book), Jack-o-lanterns, Jasmine scent

K- The Kennedy Family, Kingfisher birds, Kindness Rocks, Kopp Sisters from Amy Steward's books

L- Letters, Local History, Lumpy Space Princess

M- Museums, Memoirs, Mandalas, Monarch Butterflies, Mythology, the Moon!, Mid-Century Modern Style!, Mushrooms, Messiah, Macbeth, Mice

N- Nature, Neanderthals, Narwhals, Nonfiction Books, the Northern Lights, No Face from Spirited Away, Neil Gaiman's books, Nerdiness, Nautical History, NPR

O- Odd Cats, Owls, Organic Snacks

P- Planets, Prehistory, Pottery, Paper Lanterns, Patchouli, Progressive Christianity, Pirates (historic), Pollinator Gardening!, Paranormal, PBS, Pamphlets, Pens, Punch and Judy

Q- Quality over Quantity, Quiet

R- Ravens, Robin Hood, Rain, Retro Christmas Stuff like shiny ornaments

S- Saints, Soap!, Stamps, Socks, Small Press Books, Stickers!, Sustainability, Skeletons, Sandalwood, the Sea

T- Travel, Tea, Tote Bags, Toiletries, Tiki

U- Unnecessary Silliness

V- Valentines, Vegetarian Cooking, Vultures

W- Whales! What We Do in the Shadows (movie and TV show), Walks

X- Xena: Warrior Princess

Y- Young Adult Books, the Yeti!

Z- Zoos (well-managed modern ones)

I like about everything pleasant scent-wise and don't have allergies.

Favorite Crafts

I crochet blankets for charity, make earrings, bead necklaces, cross-stitch, color, and collage.

Other Stuff (dislikes)

About the only things I don't like are dogs (sorry), monkeys, rustic country style crafts that are really factory-made, and cig smoke. I like wool a lot but cannot have it next to my skin like in a scarf or gloves. It gets all itchy. Also, please no sugar-free sweets or gum. Those artificial sugars do a number on my tummy.

A Poem and Owls

Here is a bit of a poem I like.

The moon-bird's head is filled with nothing but thoughts of the moon and when the next rain will come is all the rain-bird thinks of. Who is it we spend our entire life loving?


You know what are awesome? Owls!!! I like the cartoonish owls that are in style now and have also had the chance to interact with some live owls! There was a beautiful snowy owl in my area of Virginia one winter! He was quite the local celebrity! I also attended an event where scientists banded the tiny Eastern saw-whet owls. And, I got to hold a tiny owl before it was released!

Favorite Books

I read lots of non-fiction and enjoyed The Beast in the Garden about pumas in residential areas and The Devil in the White City about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

As fun as they are, I already have enough books with household hints and craft instructions. Thanks for thinking of me if you were thinking of sending one but I think someone else could make better use of it at this time.

Vegan and vegetarian cookbooks are always welcome as are quirky nonfiction books printed by smaller presses or sold by small distributors.


LilacSilence rated for IFM: Make a List #9-Books on May 19, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing! -- I didn't read any of these books, so I would like to check them out.
Comment: Thank you so much for the "found randomness" you sent. I love the coaster, the postcard, and the stickers ❤. I hope everything goes better at the library, and thank you for the bookmark too!
JenZen5 rated for SMSUSA: Snail Mail Happy #8 on Apr 23, 2024
Comment: Wow Stephanie, thank you so much for this amazing swap. I absolutely love the little notebook and the cards. I love it all, actually. It is all so me! Great job. Happy Spring! Enjoy every minute.
Comment: Thank you for this amazing swap - you are so kind to have sent me multiple items and I enjoyed your note! Thank you for joining! We don't have a bat house but my husband is putting one up for our neighbors - they have a wooded area behind their house. We saw our first Spring bat a couple of weeks ago - it was exciting! : ) We took a sick bat to a rescue once but he couldn't be saved, sadly. We love bats and you are right - every day is a bat day! xoxo
warheart rated for UHM: Mail Art - Flowers! on Apr 8, 2024
Comment: Lovely envelope and thanks for the great seeds!! I love playing in my garden and always welcome seeds!
Comment: Thank you for the swap.
Comment: Thank you so much
lefroggy rated for Urban Ghosts and Cryptids! on Mar 6, 2024
Comment: thank you so much for the swap, that was a good read, I got it yesterday and took it with me to read during my Lunch time at work. Reading creepy things in my car at night just gave it the right feel for it lol.
Dan rated for G: Just found out ... on Feb 9, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for this spooky letter... I had heard about clocks stopping too! Very creepy
Comment: thank you for the cute card and happy note and the great vintage stickers! I'm so happy for Valentine's day! I hope yours is good no matter how you spend it! <3
Comment: Thank you for everything! Especially the cool book pages, postage stamp, 'kindness' stuff, glassine, and cute little envelopes! Happy Swapping!
Comment: Thank you! I have always loved Valentine's Day and hearts forever! I remember as a child having a party in school, making our Valentine "mailbox" and exchanging cards. Thanks for sharing those cute vintage style stickers. Hope you have a good one too!
Comment: Thank you very much! I really appreciate it 😊
USAFwife rated for G: The life and art of Edward Gorey on Dec 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap! I love the Gorey Christmas card! I looked for those this year but couldn't find them. I did find a neat postcard book, though, so I guess I need to send some postcards. :) In researching for this swap, I learned that he was the artist for the PBS Mystery! series, too, and I remember being a bit disturbed by that! I wonder if that show/series is available on any of the 1000 streaming services? Hmm... Thanks for sharing!
Response: Thanks for the rating! I found the cards at Barnes & Noble.com! PBS has "PBS Passport" for streaming. I don't know if they offer their content on other platforms as well. Thanks for hosting this cool swap!
USAFwife rated for G: Christmas Cryptids on Dec 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the great Krampus info and Krampus goodies! I love it! I'm a big fan of Krampus, though the Yule Cat is pretty cool too. ;)
Comment: Thanks for the bookmark and for the moth/frogman print. I'm going to find a frame for it.
Ettoad rated for G: Haunted History on Nov 5, 2023
Comment: I loved hearing about Cole Hall - definitely keep in touch about any new activity!! On of the major Universities here, the U of British Columbia has a number of purported hauntings - of course I attended a different University! I’m curious to do some digging to see if any paranormal activity is said to take place there!!
Rabbitfreedom rated for Handmade Halloween Card on Oct 31, 2023
Comment: Sorry for the late rate, I was away. Thank you for the wonderful handmade card!
Caithness rated for Halloween Greeting Card 10/2023 on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks ever so much for the great halloween card, envelope and goodies.
Comment: Such a cute card. I love the postcard you included. My Grandson is going to love it. Thank you for the tea.

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MuggleMom on Sep 30, 2023:

So happy to see you in the Purple Craze group!



Heirloom on Dec 24, 2022:

from USA Happy Mail

lou on Aug 27, 2022:

Happy Birthday!

HausOfImps on May 11, 2022:

Gargoyles! I'd love to do a gargoyle-related trade when I'm less bogged down!

Heirloom on Sep 1, 2020:

** USA Happy Mail group! **

wombatlady on Jan 9, 2020:

Thank you for the card and goodies! Especially love the vintage PC with the deer. :-) I still haven't seen "Fantastic Fungi," but I probably should.

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

OrigamiGrace on Nov 3, 2019:

Thanks so much for an awesome Random envie from tag in the forums - so much fun stuff to play with!

CurlyTea on Aug 27, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

stephiedee on Jul 11, 2018:

Weird mail numero dos arrived! It was fun reading over those rules...gave me ideas to use some as out-of-context quotes for future projects. How common are donkey friends that they need a special note affirming that they are welcome at fair shows? Good for them though...getting out and having some fun. 😄

P.S. Here's Larry Lizard on my wall.

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