Swap-bot Time: January 28, 2021 4:58 am


Date Joined: April 17, 2019
Last Online: January 27, 2021
Birthday: March 17, 1978
Country: United States
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Updated as of: 1/24/2021

My Motivational Word for 2021: Gratitude

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —JFK


This is my actual mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.

Partner/Coordinator Communication will take place should this status change for any reason.

Missing Mail? Please direct message me before rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.

Spoiler-Alert: My Flickr account often has photographs of swaps I’ve sent.

Postage Due? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.

Yes, I know of the current changes in postage prices: First-Class Mail Forever stamps remain at 55 cents. The single-piece letter additional ounce has increased to 20 cents, the metered mail 1-ounce price increased to 51 cents and the prices of postcard stamps increases to 36 cents. Single-piece 1-ounce flat prices will remain unchanged at $1.

Please scroll down to “DNS’s” if you’re here for a quick review of the Dislikes List 🛑 Thank you!


My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣

Yes, my name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies! I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and Nor-Cal foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.

Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes all my animals (past & present)! 😉

"Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work." --C.S. Lewis

I've had companions that were cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, one squirrel, and several dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle, Pugster, and Sheltie to Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own small dogs.

🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 1 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 & a tortoise-shell "grand-kitten" named Piper

Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals! I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!

Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my ohana really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA).


Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many Hobbies:

  • (indoor) Art-Journaling, Ballroom Dancing, Card-Making, Coloring, Crocheting, DIY, Face-Painting, Genealogy, Painting, Paper-Making, Pottery, Pressed Flower Craft (oshibana), Reading, Sewing, Smash/Scrap-booking, Watching Movies, and Weaving.

(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)

  • (outdoor) Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hula Dancing, Kayaking, Rollerblading, Scouting (Boy/Girl), Shooting, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Swimming, and Shopping.

I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!

  • My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's and the 7-of-❤️’s playing card (in all sizes & shapes), Deltiology (postcards), Philately (postal stuff), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera. I used to also collect currency (numismatics) but I’ve decided to end with my state park quarters once the Tuskegee Airmen coin is released this year.

  • I really enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! Even in silence, I often have a tune playing in my head! 🤭

  • I am most comfortable at the ocean where I can lose all sense of time hunting for sea glass, smooth rocks, and tiny shells to use in my crafts! I also enjoy fishing, but this ol' gal ain't cut out for boats! I've got a fair pair of fins, but no "sea legs!" 🤢

  • I also enjoy spending quality time at libraries, museums, art galleries, or ceramic studios. This is because I really enjoy learning, folk art & handicrafts. Prior to my military enlistment, I was a K-12 teacher, so I think experiential arts-n-crafts should always be a part of life for learning!
  • In my youth, I also enjoyed traveling the Americas alone and spent time living in Chile as a foreign exchange student! Now, I prefer to travel in good company, whenever possible. However, my current travels have been vicariously via postcards!

I 💜 snail 🐌 mail! 💌

  • When handwriting, please print as I have difficulty reading some cursive penmanship.

Neatly written or typed things are always welcome!

Some A to Z’s of Me!

A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs

(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage Postage Stamps or Mailboxes, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Giant Pandas, ☘️Shamrocks/Clovers🍀, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)

B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), Bald 🦅 Eagles & BALANCE (My focus word for 2020)

C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, 🍀Clovers, Cinnamon Teas, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster

D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) Dr. Seuss & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins

E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚

F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)

G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉

H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hummingbirds, Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/flower belly badge)

I: Ireland (esp Éire postage), Icebergs & Incredible Hulk

J: Jordan Almonds, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀 Jordan#23 & ⚾️Jeter#2

K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit, Kliban’s Cat & Koru Loops (like this one)

L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, Luke&Leia, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖

M: Misty Mint Drop Candies(aka Mini Meltaway Mints by Hickory Farms), Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Mandalorian, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁

N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉

O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters, Origami & Optimus Prime

P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies

Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)

R: Roasted Peanuts, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, R2-D2, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees

S: Simply Cheetos White Cheddar Puffs or Snyder’s of Hanover GF Pretzel Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles (the aquatic/marine reptiles w/flippers)


T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tweeds, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos

U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel

V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!


W: Walkers Shortbread Cookies, Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)

X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️

Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda, Yaddle & The Child (Grogu)

Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle

Thank YOU for thinking of me!

Postcard Faves!

  • Pin-Up Ladies (esp. tasteful photography of Risqué brunettes by Bunny Yeager)
  • Post Office Buildings
  • Mailboxes 📮📭
  • Giant Trees 🌲
  • Large-Letter
  • License Plate, Graffiti/Street Art
  • WonderGround Gallery (DisneyArt)
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Studio Ghibli: Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service & My Neighbor Totoro
  • B&W Photography! Especially of:

    • People Dancing📻💃
    • Close-ups of Hands, Feet or Paws
    • Vintage Boots, Hats & Instruments📯🎻
    • Abandoned Cars, Trucks & Trains
    • Old Books, Globes & Typewriters
    • Saturday Evening Post, Life or Time
    • Pacific Island & Polynesian Culture
  • Handmade postcards are always welcome too. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💗💜 I heart art! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "No"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions!

🍪🍪🍪Special Request: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname!

  • I also ask that my postcards please be sent ✏written🖊 on, but in an✉ envelope🌎 (if the swap allows a choice). The envelope (or clear sleeve) simply protects the image on the postcard from being smudged or torn by the USPS machinery (and they seem to be arriving damaged more recently).

👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝


  • Some swappers enjoy having a list of ideas, while others feel creatively squelched by too many ideas. For this reason, I have tried to create “harmony” in my profile by briefly listing some of the things I like. This is not an extensive listing 😉
  • Edibles: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, I do understand that product ingredients are frequently changing, and you may not be able to find suitable items. That's no big deal, I have friends/family who may enjoy it, even if I'm unable to for some reason. For specifics though, I have listed some of my favorite treats in my A-Z list above.

  • I’ve been asked to identify my strong Dislikes, as this is sometimes easier for swap partners to work with.

🛑I like things with neither:

🚫 Claymation nor Stop-motion Characters

🚫 Sock-puppets, monkeys nor Dolls

These include “zettiology creatures” which trigger traumatic childhood memories for me. I know they’re a trend in many art scenes, but pleeeeeese do not send them to me.

🚫 Zombies nor Aliens

🚫 Snakes, Spiders nor Scorpions

Actually, the only “safe” animals in this exothermic (cold-blooded) genre are sea turtles, lady bugs, and butterflies.🦋 I greatly appreciate your efforts to avoid sending any other insect, reptile, or amphibian.

🚫 Cosmetics nor Perfume/Scents

  • Disclosure: I am a trauma survivor with medically diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way for me to re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner. Plus, I am also challenged to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I like this opportunity to learn to let-go and make new friends!
  • I am also a board-certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs.

I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another.


Please respect me by practicing the same and refrain from sending me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.

  • Greeting Cards: I am not offended by the greetings "Happy Easter" and “Merry Christmas” although I respect other spiritual observances. It's okay to write them in my cards rather than the generic "happy holidays" or "season's greetings" (if you like).

  • Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!

🚧 Page always under construction 🚧

Swap Etiquette

I am 3 hours ahead of Swap-bot time!

  • As a swap coordinator, please note that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a "night-owl" and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)

  • If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will delete it to perhaps repost at a different time.

  • I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to angel. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.

    • I follow-up on swaps if it's been thirty (30) USPS business days from the date I logged my swap as sent, (and at least two weeks from the deadline date) but no rating has been posted, I will contact my partner about a resend because I know USPS loses things sometimes!

what I pledged

    • I rate incoming swaps within 48 hours of their receipt. It’s my practice to only archive them once received/rated!
    • I appreciate feedback when rating and do try to make the time to respond to rater's comments accordingly. Even “silent” ratings I’ve received will often receive a simple “thank you” to show my gratitude for remembering to rate!
      • I do not visit the public forums on purpose. My first visit there felt terribly negative and since it's not a membership requirement, I have made a healthy choice to avoid the unnecessary distress. I simply swap on Swap-bot because I enjoy sharing happy mail!
      • I am sometimes a forgetful human who makes mistakes, so these references are here to refresh my memory of what I’ve agreed to by participating in Swap-bot:

Terms of Use


DOs and DON'Ts





elflady rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #91 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Received postcard today. I like your contribution. Stay safe and well. elflady
isandie rated for RSS: HM Cards! on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: What a CUTE postcard!!! I love it! Thanks for an awesome swap!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Rbrstmpr rated for WIYM: Sharing the L❤️VE (USA) on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Woo Hoo! love all the envelopes and the pocket of goodies. My very favorite of course are the postman stickers. Many thanks.
Comment: I know you tried so here is a heart for you
denisedecker58 rated for Disney PC Swap #8 on Jan 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thanks for this really fun, Florida-themed postcard! Nice touch to add a bow where you live. :)
Poeprincess rated for Z is for Zebra on Jan 25, 2021
Comment: Very impressive ATC! Love your interpretation of the subject. Thank you!
Comment: Thank you so much, So pretty !! ♥ Wish you the best for 2021 !!
Comment: Loved it! Thanks! :)
Comment: Wow! Thank you for all the planner stickers and the adorable card and cool PC! I also agree that Valentine's day should be about all types of love, not just romantic love. Happy Valentine's Day!
CatAroo rated for FTLOC#1: Wintery MPL☃️❄️ on Jan 23, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the most excellent MPL! That little snowman is so happy, he makes name smile. :) When I see your return address, I know I'm in for a treat!
JBuchner rated for SF~Simply Send Something USA (JAN) on Jan 22, 2021
Comment: Oh wow!!! I absolutely love everything you sent! I am going to keep the quote book on my desk at work!!! And the postcards are lovely too!!! Thank you so much! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Lonestarchild rated for SMSUSA: Easy as 1 - 2 - 3! on Jan 20, 2021
Comment: Such a fun swap! Animal PCs + handmade envies -- 2 of my fav things! Thanks for a great swap!
Comment: Love the packaging...in my stocking it goes...at least for awhile...lol...
bostianh rated for SF~Simply Send Something USA (JAN) on Jan 19, 2021
Comment: Oh my lucky stars!😁. What you sent me was absolutely gorgeous! There are so many little presents inside this swap that it felt like the most beautiful birthday gift/swap ever! I absolutely love everything so much, especially the Kermit birthday card, the many decorated envelopes, stickers, stationary, wowza soooo much! Thank you kindly and I will be in touch, I look forward to swapping with you again in the future.😊
Comment: Received your package today and thank you for double packing & sending it priority. Yeah, Our state is so horrible with mail. Because of the Corona is why. I'm not mad. But I hate the name Debra. I know it's my birth name. But I hate it. AS to why I go by Debbie or Deb. Anyway, Thank you ever so much for the so wonderful & beautiful gift of Fairy note cards! I absolutely love them! And, for the beautiful card as well ! And, Yes, I love the note cards, you picked from my Amazon list .I'll have go in & take that off my list now, hee! Thank you again Harmony!
oldsoul rated for AMA: What's your Word 2021-Jan on Jan 18, 2021
Comment: Thank you Harmony, your ATC could not have come at a better time! I needed a little picking up today. Your ATC will bring me a much needed self-confidence boost. And you even included extras. I wish you well, and do hope to swap with you again!
willowh rated for PA: Coffee or Tea? Painting! on Jan 17, 2021
Comment: I LOVE it! What a fun surprise & beautiful brushstrokes too! Thank you!
Comment: Wow! This is BEAUTIFUL and right up my alley! I LOVE it! It's GORGEOUS! Thank you SO SO much !!! What a gorgeous book! Sending much love and so many hugs! xx
Comment: Thanks for the nice ATC; card. Yes, tulips are one of my favorite flowers=)

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megan1230 on Dec 31, 2020:

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! You're definitely one of the highlights from 2020! I really appreciate every time I swap with you! Thank you for being you!

wolfeagle on Dec 22, 2020:


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captkristi on Dec 10, 2020:

You have got to be my favorite person on Swap Bot. Thank you so much for all the love and light you bring. Your lovely comment made my day!!

supersquirrel on Nov 15, 2020:

Thank you for the jam homer in the bright yellow envelope...and thank you so much for the watercolor backs - yupee!

MamaD on Nov 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for the finished Halloween Jam! I knew I sent it to the right partner to finish! I love it!!

marinda on Sep 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending my postcard back to me! I am so happy to have it sent through the mail!

PeliKat on Aug 19, 2020:

Harmony, thanks so much for the funny postcard! I've been struggling with a lot of health issues lately and this really brightened my day. It feels good to know that you thought of me. 🤗 And where did you find the "save the postal service" stamp? I love that, as well as your snail mail address label! Thanks for reaching out to me;it is appreciated more than you can know!! Stay safe and healthy!! PeliKat

lynnpinkdaisy on Mar 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card! It's one of the most beautiful handmade ones I have ever received. You are so kind to have made that for me. I hope you have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe!

gerberdaisy on Feb 12, 2020:

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