Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2022 5:33 pm


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Last Online: December 6, 2022
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. ;)

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 It seemed like my old long profile paragraphs were outdated.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

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

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.


Comment: Thank you for the lovely bird in a pear tree card and the bird cut outs. I hope you'll have a wonderful holiday season.
Comment: Welcome to the group! Thanks for the cryptid goodies. I especially liked the weird froggy mothman.
dreamlady66 rated for IS: Card with 2 tea bags on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: It's there! Ty, even for the lovely extras :) PS I only went to NCY once in 1999!
Comment: Stephanie, that's a great name ha ha! You really gave me such sunshine in my mail box!! I loved the exquisite letterpress notecard and your sweet message and the lovely goodies I can't wait to use!! I loved the sun stamp you used on your envie too! Thank you so much for a fantastic swap!!
Comment: Thanks so much for the beautiful owl card, note, small card and stickers. Love it! I love owls, too, and hear them in the forest behind me but have yet to see one. My friend did have an injured barred owl and took him to be cared for at a bird sanctuary. She brought him here in a pet crate on her way for me to see and take photos. He was a beauty. Must be fascinating to see the Mennonites going by with their horses and buggies. A whole other world from ours. Happy Autumn! Cathy
Response: Thanks! Happy Autumn!
Comment: Thank you for the card and the stickers. Your story was great. They say cats snd dogs can sense things that we can’t, especially in the spirit world. Very interesting!
Fuchsi rated for IS: Tea for Two on Oct 19, 2022
Comment: Dear Stephanie, thank you very much for the wonderful und delicous tea. It's awesome! ^-^ I'm also very happy about the autumn and I haven't heard of the book you recommanded me not yet. This sounds great. Have a wonderful october! Yours, Maxi
Petaltea rated for IS: Tea for Two on Oct 18, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the teas! I’ve never tried these before. I love the fall but summer isn’t giving up yet so I walk around all morning wrapped up in warm clothes and then around lunchtime I’m peeling off all the layers. 😂 Take care!
paperlover rated for An Envie of Black Cats! on Oct 14, 2022
Comment: Such a great swap, thank you for everything especially the owl stickers!
Comment: You collected so many things. love the pieces from the calendar
dorcii rated for IS: Summer Tea swap on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you very much for the teas, I'm very excited to try them!! :)
Comment: Thanks so much for all the cool things you sent my way! The archeological sticker is so nostalgic ahah, reminds me of when I used to collect those free stickers at museums all the time as a kid!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard,notecard, bookmarks, stamps, and cute octopus. The cop and turkey card is cute!
JazD rated for UHM: Seriously Happy Mailbox (profile) on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for such an amazing swap. I love everything and can't wait to use the bath bomb
Sonya rated for HEP: Purple ATC R2 💜 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the purple tree ATC.
warheart rated for Random Envelope 12 on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks for a fun envelope!
Chantica rated for CPG Things that Swim ATC - US on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the 2 cool ATC'S for this swap. I had heard of the woods oceanographic institute but wasn't aware of their webinars. Thank you for the info I will definitely be looking them up. Happy Swapping.
Ariaya rated for WC: Inspirational Nature ATC on Jun 1, 2022
Comment: Beautiful card! thanks so much.
Comment: Stephanie- Thank you for this awesome swap! I really appreciate your letter too. Going to add the postcards to my journals. Big Hugs-Peg
debbiespoms rated for Woodland Creatures PC Swap R2 on May 24, 2022
Comment: Thanks very much for the cute Woodland PC! Happy Spring to you as well!

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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.

ittybittykitty on Jun 5, 2018:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

Drachenfrau on Apr 30, 2018:

Nervousness? I swapped there too. :-) Same name as here! We're together in the Emily Dickinson-swap. I soooo miss Nervousness!!! :/

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