I live on five acres of Colorado hillside a mile from the start of the Rocky Mountains with my husband and two dogs. I've been messing around with art materials for nearly two decades now. The morning view from our house:
Before retirement, I worked as a systems analyst in Maryland, Texas, and Colorado, primarily in the field of telecommunications. I still follow technical issues, and do a little scripting to keep my hand in. Perl used to be my favorite language, but I write primarily in Ruby now.
For years, my main physical activity was horseback riding, primarily hunter/jumpers training. I had a bad fall several years ago, and reluctantly decided to give up riding. We still have one retired horse that we board at a friend's place.
I now do agility training with our Miniature Schnauzer Rion and our Boston Terrier Bandit.
I particularly enjoy making Artist Trading Cards and tags and carving images from soft blocks. I occasionally do a little sewing, but retirement means that I require very little in the way of new wardrobe items. Photography is another interest, though mainly when I travel these days.
I read a lot, mainly romance, urban fantasy, and paranormals, with a hearty addition of various types of non-fiction. Nalini Singh, Michelle Sagara, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and Lois McMaster Bujold are probably my favorite authors at present. I am a big fan of our local library system, which is fabulous.
I love food, but am on a medically restricted diet, so must regretfully decline being sent any food.
Rion has been with us since he was eight weeks old, adopted out of a local shelter in 2008. We think he is mostly Miniature Schnauzer.
Bandit has been with us since January 2016. We adopted him via a Boston Terrier rescue when he was three years old. He had been surrendered to the rescue by his second family, due to a damaged eye, which they could not afford to treat.
Rion was a little dubious about Bandit the first week, but now they get along just fine, though they do tend to squabble over who gets the "good" crate during the day.
Despite Bandit's missing eye, he is a whiz at learning agility. We started in May 2016. Rion and I have been doing agility since November 2014, and I am continually impressed by how much better he is at it than I am.
We have a frail elderly Appaloosa gelding named Rags who is boarded by a friend of ours. We have been sure his days are numbered for at least the past three years. Despite his creakiness, he keeps on keeping on.
I rate within 24 hours of receiving an item. If I fail to receive an item, I will contact my partner via direct message before rating. I usually drop the mail at a post office or post office box, though I have been known to use our mailbox on the road in a pinch. I avoid joining swaps that may arrive when I am traveling.
I avoid joining too many swaps at one time because with a horse and two dogs there is often some sort of emergency, and I don't want to mail late because of Real Life. (I had one quick turnaround swap that went out the door and into our mailbox right after bringing our Boston Terrier home from the Emergency Clinic where he was treated for a rattlesnake bite.)
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