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Gaelan

Gaelan
Date Joined: October 22, 2012
Last Online: March 4, 2018
Birthday: November 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Hello everyone! I've been an avid letter-writer to pen-pals all over the world since I was about 12. I think it's an outlet for my paper/ stationary/sticker/pen fixation, which has been with me throughout my life. I have been with the same fellow for 20+ years now and although we don't have human children, we have a host of cats and dogs to keep us into or out of trouble, depending on how you look at it.

I prefer tea over coffee, dark chocolate over milk chocolate and sleeping in over getting up early. My favorite seasons are Spring and Autumn. I read lots and lots, mostly books of all kinds. My spiritual practices are mostly nature-based and are a big part of my self-expression. I often find other religions and spiritual paths illuminating, so as long as they aren't too dogmatic.

"Favorites" tend to fluxuate a bit. I do quite like rich colors, like emerald green, deep wine, cobalt blue, the kinds of colors you'd find in a Pre-Raphaelite painting. I like basic black teas and about the only flavored black tea I enjoy is Earl Grey of some sort or another. I have a preference for mints of most kinds- so feel free to send mint based teas! I love all kinds of flowers and trees. I have adored cats all my life, though I also think other animals are spiffy too. About the only thing I collect regularly is owl-related items and luck cats. I love learning about new places and to travel whenever possible. It's my dream is to travel to meet all my pen pals one day.

NOTE I am not fussy about swaps. I can't think of any reason I'd not give folk a "heart" because I really enjoy swapping. If I sign up for something, it's because I think it looks fun and interesting. I also understand that life is a complicated thing and sometimes details get missed, so I won't give folk a hard time if they forget something.**

Favorite Books

Fantasy, travelogues, women's history, spirituality and religion, metaphysical and occult, gardening and herbology, folk and faery tales and poetry. I absolutely adore urban fantasy, including novels written by Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Kate Griffin and Simon Green.

Favorite Television

We don't have cable, so any television is watched on YouTube or through our DVD membership. I really enjoy Castle and Warehouse 13, but most my other favorite shows are British. Such as Coupling, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, Jonathan Creek and Torchwood to name a few.

Favorite Music

I like all kinds of music, including but not limited to Loreena McKennitt, Abney Park, Vivaldi, Patrick O'Hearn, Adam Hurst, 80's New Wave, world music (Faun, Corvus Corax, Zirp, LEAF, Garmarna), Steampunk (Abney Park, Professor Elemental), Suzanne Vega, Dead Can Dance, Sting, and movie soundtracks.

As for other favorite things..

I've been a Sanrio addict for many years. I like Hello Kitty, especially the less "cute" styles, and adore Chococat. And I've loved Tarepanda for goodness knows how long.

My favorite artwork comes from the Pre-Raphaelite, Surrealist and Impressionist artists. I find the colors and detail to be breathtaking. I'm also a big fan of Maxfield Parrish and Mucha. I also enjoy going to museums and art galleries.

I love cemeteries and funerary art. Often when I travel to a new place, I will be sure to find the local cemetery to take pictures and pay my respects. I do a lot of reading about the ways different folk treat their beloved dead. I'm also fascinated by genealogy/ancestry and have done a lot of work on discovering the various limbs of our family tree.

I have also been a huge sci-fi/fantasy fan most of my life. I attend sci-fi conventions and have been integrating more Steampunk themes into my life- I love the Victorian era, so it makes sense that Steampunk would call to me.

Any road...

I love inspirational quotes and poetry. Rumi has some of my favorites. Here is one I particularly like. Thanks for reading my profile!

Blessings, Angela

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.

From Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

Ratings

pintis rated for AN Big (Wild) Cats on Feb 6, 2018
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Comment: That's a beautiful cat! Thank you.
Response: You are very welcome! And thanks for the heart- Happy Swapping!
dalbright rated for 💗Stationery Exhange #5 on Feb 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing such a fun array of stationery from your collection! The bunny 🐰 stationery was my favorite-I look forward to using it all-thank you! 💗Debbie
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Happy Swapping!
colleenbUSA rated for 💗Stationery Exhange #5 on Feb 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful paper!
Response: You are so welcome! Happy Swapping!
paperpusher rated for AN - Birds on Jan 29, 2018
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Comment: I have a ton of postcards but this is the only ostrich one!! So cool! And I LOVE the postage stamps you used!! Thanks you! As for your pondering question: so many birds migrate so they get to see a lot of the world. I always thought that was a good idea and would like to do that myself! Lol!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked it. Happy Swapping!
suepier rated for AN West Coast Scenic Postcard - USA on Jan 26, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard from the Washington coast. It is one of my favorite coasts.
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Happy Swapping!
Momskii rated for US: Excess XMas Cards - Round #5 on Jan 24, 2018
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Comment: thanks
Response: Thanks for the heart! Happy Swapping!
tinang rated for I Need More Tea! on Jan 22, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the instant tea and the Harney & Sons sampler packs, Angela!
Response: I'm glad you liked them! Happy Swapping!
newrule rated for I Need More Tea! on Jan 21, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the teas! Can't wait to try them. And the postcards are superb, esp the cat postcards!! Loved them! Thanks again!
Response: I'm so glad they arrived safe and sound! Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Wow, Wow, WOW! 1000 hearts to you for really making my day! So much wonderfulness in the giant envelope of goodies you sent me! I will have such fun using it all. My favorites are the beautiful Disney postcards (from China I think?). And I also love the steampunk and angel cards, the darling hedgehog, bunny and squirrel notecards and the oodles and oodles of fun stickers plus great envelopes and sweet heart washi tape perfect for all my February swaps! Thank you again for your generosity and for obviously reading my profile to give me items I would absolutely love! You're the best!
Response: I'm so glad you liked all of them! Happy Swapping!
nevers rated for I Need More Tea For Newbies on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: Hi Angela, thanks so much for the great selection of tea! I will enjoy every single one of these -- they are all exactly the kind of tea I love! I'm so curious about the flavored black teas! Christmas in Paris sounds delicious too, and I'm looking forward to the Fairmount Breakfast and "super" irish breakfast. YAY!
Response: So glad you liked them! Happy Swapping!!
milrose44 rated for Random PC International #1 on Jan 16, 2018
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Comment: thankyou very much for the card
Response: You are so very welcome! Happy Swapping!
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Comment: beautiful postcard. Mexico is on my bucket list too. Thanks you!
Response: You are very welcome! Happy Swapping!
LoveThis rated for B&W postcards swap 3 on Jan 11, 2018
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Comment: this card is awesome, thankyou very much :)
Response: So glad you liked it! Happy Swapping!
widelo123 rated for Random PC International #1 on Jan 10, 2018
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Comment: Angela, thank you for the Westport, WA Lighthouse postcard. New to my collection, so I am very Happy. Shirley
Response: Yay! I am so glad to hear that. Happy Swapping
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Comment: OMG! Thank you so much for the all the teas! I'm super excited to try them all :) If I could I would give you 20 hearts! Thank you again. Have a good day :)
Response: You are so welcome! I'm so glad I could share with you! Happy Swapping!
veronicasvisions rated for B&W postcards swap 3 on Jan 9, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! Very cute postcard!
Response: I'm glad you liked it! Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you
Response: You are so welcome! Happy Swapping!
jinxspinx rated for US: Excess XMas Cards - Round #5 on Jan 7, 2018
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Comment: Woah! Angela, thank you so much for all the extras! I was very surprised with all the goodies and esp that you sent things that i LOVED from my profile. You totally made my day. Thank you again!
Response: Hooray! So glad you liked what I sent. :)
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Comment: Thank you for the cards. I will enjoy using them next Christmas season
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed what I sent! :)

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Comments

dartha on Feb 27, 2016:

Thank you Thank you Thank you for all the goodies! I am going to make you a thank you for your amazing thank you envelope and get it on it's way too you this week. You are so sweet! thanks a million - love everything!!!! take care, darla (dartha)

zoev1975 on Oct 4, 2013:

Thank you for joining the Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales group. Please visit the group forum and introduce yourself and check out the forum topics.

natasha838 on Aug 31, 2013:

Thank you so much for the tea and notecards - what a lovely surprise! I especially love the notecard with scalloped edges and pictures of teapots. Your envelope brought a smile to my face on a crazy busy day. :)

Jan on Aug 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for your second postcard. I did wonder what had happened to the first one - that explains it! lol It was so kind of you to send a replacement. Did you see him drive over it or did they tell you? Cheers, Jan x

tiffers on Aug 20, 2013:

I got the coolest blue envelope in the mail today from you! Thank you so much for the great treasures! It was such a surprise and after being so stressed this week (wedding stuff...) it was so nice!!! you are awesome! -Tiffany

benevolentghost on Aug 19, 2013:

Thank you so much for the thoughtful card, the teas, and the bookmark! It was definitely unexpected and brought a smile to my face. Twinings Earl Grey is actually my favorite, and I can't wait to give the other two a go. Thanks again. :)

benevolentghost on Aug 4, 2013:

When it comes to tea, do you enjoy herbal tea of any sort? I don't want to just send you black tea and earl grey if you like others!

natasa20 on Aug 1, 2013:

Thank you so much for the beautiful cards you sent me! I was so surprised to receive them it was so nice of you! After a horrible week you really put a smile on my face i appreciate it so much. Thank you again so much! lots of love to you xx

natasa20 on Jun 15, 2013:

Hi there! Welcome to my Fairy tale themed postcard swap! Lots of love xxx

kitterslady18 on May 23, 2013:

Thank you for the letter! Yours will be in the mail soon! <3

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