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KarenFife

KarenFife
Date Joined: January 12, 2018
Last Online: October 20, 2020
Birthday: July 15
Country: United States

THINGS ABOUT ME: Hello! I live in Michigan and love it, even the winters. I am an extreme introvert, but I care deeply about the people in my life.

MUSIC: Classical, New Age, and Easy Listening, 70's and 80's music, but I will listen to all types.

BOOKS: I read about 60 books a year (it was 100 before I retired!), mostly series mysteries such as Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries, Peter Robinson, J. D. Robb, and many British detective series. My favorite recent book is The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel.

MOVIES: Happy endings like Gifted, McFarland USA, Rudy, Letters to Juliette, The Age of Adeline, and dark suspenseful thrillers like Suburbia, Sanctum, and Perfect Getaway. Recent movies I’ve been recommending are Just Mercy and Dark Waters. Both are powerful and moving.

TELEVISION: I rarely watch TV, but occasionally watch a series such as Downton Abbey or The Crown. Victoria was wonderful! My favorite older TV series were King of Queens and Cold Case. I’m addicted to Britbox and Acorn for British crime series. Currently enjoy watching the latest season of Shetland.

CRAFTS: Quilting (I’m currently working on a project making blankets and quilts for homeless vets, foster kids and pregnancy resource centers). One more year for me on that project! Finished some long-term quilt appliqué projects during COVID 19.

I love crocheting dishcloths (just for me) but I’m not very good at it. It keeps my arthritic fingers moving!

I make my own body and home care products with essential oils....
painting with acrylics (abstracts or just playing with color)...
making greeting cards occasionally... I also dabble in photography.

I am a retired preschool teacher (two-year-olds). I am married to a retired professor and we love going on road trips. In past summers we took Route 66 to California, toured Yosemite NP and all the major National parks out west. In September 2019 we drove Route 2 from Michigan to Seattle, and through Glacier National Park. From Seattle we took a fabulous cruise to Alaska. It was amazing! We planned more Route 66 and National Parks tour this summer, but had to cancel reservations due to some disabilities my husband has developed. Our wonderful road-touring days are most likely coming to an end. 😪

I love to make postcards now and then, but am trying to retire from paper-crafting and reduce the clutter of collected unused craft supplies that have become overwhelming.

POSTCARD LIKES: Where you live....
big city, small town or village and LARGE LETTER cities, ....
day or night city skylines.
Tourist type, especially if they are of uncommon places.
I would love to receive map postcards or any touristy postcards of Route 66, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Connecticut, and National Parks. I appreciate quirky tourist postcards and off-the-main-road places and towns. I prefer postcards not be handmade unless swap is specifically for homemade PCs. Same for greeting cards, but I will not rate down for nice handmade. I prefer a photo please, if possible instead of drawings or cartoons

I prefer my postcards NAKED unless the swap requires an envelope, but I’ll leave that up to the sender.

I read the Profile of everyone I send to before sending. I almost always give hearts because I appreciate the effort that goes into a swap. I spend time and effort on every swap I send, even postcards, and I try to make it something you will enjoy or will make you smile. I try to be loving, kind, and generous. Only rarely is that not reciprocated or appreciated, but it does happen, again rarely😢.

I swap mostly postcards. Please know that I respect what you have sent and consider it important that you know it has been received. I rate the day I receive or as soon as possible since postcards can easily be misplaced.

I’D RATHER NOT HAVE TO ADD THIS SECTION, BUT.... I’m puzzled by silent 5s and silent hearts. When you click on Rate Your Partner it says to leave a comment. Please do that. Just a brief comment. You can even say you didn’t like it! But I think it is important , and polite, that you acknowledge your partners willingness to take the time to do something for you.

I am very disappointed if I get postcards with worn edges and bent corners. Please save those for the appropriate “get-rid-of-it” Swaps. If you choose to send me worn postcards I will choose to not give a heart.

I’m asking that you please write more than a few words in big letters like (“Happy Swapping” “Hey there” “Be safe”) Please communicate instead. Tell me where you got your postcard. Why you like it. What you are doing today. About your family. Your current plans. Fill that message space up with heartfelt good stuff and you will most likely earn yourself a heart. A few general words and and an address is not heart-worthy to me.

Actually I would prefer Swap-bot get rid of the heart option. Just put the “specialness” in your comments. But since it’s not going away we have to deal with it.

COLORS: Love colors and colorful things. Blacks and grays are cool also. Pale pink will make me super happy.

GENERAL THEMES I LOVE:
squirrels...
sloths...
goats...
chickens...
gnomes...
flowers...
birds...
benches...
chairs...
windows...
doors...
lighthouses...
landscapes...
beaches...
mountains...
moon...
sun...
royalty...
your thoughts ...

TEAS: Any kind or brand, but prefer spicy. Not fond of green or Matcha.

LITTLE THINGS: I really don't need or want tuck-ins. I will not rate down if you don't send them, even if it's a requirement in a swap. I will be happy that you read my profile!!! However, If you feel you must...... Seasonal and holiday stickers are welcome (any time of year). Unused postcards, notecards, sheets of list pads will be used. I have no need for pieces of paper or junky items.

Being retired and losing a few marbles each day means it is easy to overlook something, so please contact me if a swap is not right. If you are sending from the USA and I have not received anything from you or have not been rated by two weeks after the send date, I will send a PM soon.
In this COVID year it sure seems like the postal system has a bad case of it. Mail is just not as dependable as it once was. I am learning waiting and patience through it, and forgiveness as well.

My mail is often picked up as late as 7:30 so the postmark on my mail date may show the following day. I probably will not check a postmark date unless there is something that seems questionable. I am always happy to find your mail in the mailbox.💖📬

Thank all of you great swappers for your nice notes, graciousness, kind comments, and hearts. You make my day and add much joy to my life!

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard from Haleakala National Park. I love Maui.
TexyDeb rated for PCEW20 Round 5 on Oct 17, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for this postcard. (week40) It's BEAUTIFUL! Here the weather is different otherwise there is no notice of a season changed. ha ha ha
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Comment: Thank you!
goinjenny rated for PCEW20 Round 5 on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Thank you
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Comment: Thank you
dustyrumor rated for One PC, One Partner #2 - USA on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: I love the fall postcard! Complete with cute tape and stamps :) Thank you for the note. Even though this year was not at all what I had hoped for, getting postcards from friendly strangers makes quarantine easier!
JenZen5 rated for ABCUSA Postcard and Letter D on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: Super cool postcard. I love doors too! I loved reading your note and I really like the different stamps. Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Poohtat rated for PCEW20 Round 5 on Oct 11, 2020
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Comment: Thank your for the adorable squirrel postcard. We have lots of them here. They like to go up the tree and chatter at my dogs.
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Comment: I love the fun coffee cups "chunk!" Thank you! I could probably give up a lot of things but not coffee LOL. But seriously, not coffee :)
Response: Same here!!!☕️
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Comment: Thanks for the card and extras!
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Comment: Thank you for the pumpkin card. I like the boo card & the bat stickers are great!
princessnot rated for World Postcard Day on Oct 8, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for sharing with me this beautiful Glacier National park postcard :) A very strange year indeed!
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Comment: Thank you! I loved the rubber stamping and your “Beggar’s Night” photo is adorable!! Are u in the photo?
Response: No, it's a rubber stamp I couldn't resist buying. Thanks for the heart!
stiffneck78 rated for Halloween Card-Jack-O-Lantern on Oct 4, 2020
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Comment: Thank you so much for this adorable card and all of the tasty goodies you included. That's funny about the kids recognizing your house to be that of 'the witch'. I used to dress up and give out candy also. But my numbers declined when I'd scare the kids and then stopped coming to my house.
dawnakaulen rated for Art Ad cards on Sep 30, 2020
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Comment: Thank you for these. The ones in the envie, and the lone naked one, all made it here in the same batch :)
BusyB rated for AMMM: A fall thought postcard on Sep 30, 2020
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Comment: What a beautiful postcard and message! Thank you.
marinda rated for Scatts PC Swap - P - US Only on Sep 26, 2020
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Comment: I love this postcard! Thank you so much! I chose "peace," too. It's been a difficult six months! I also chose "postcards" on my wishlist. :) I have to disagree about the plstypus, though. Lol!
brooklynbunch rated for Scatts PC Swap - O - US Only on Sep 26, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the card. Susan (brooklynbunch)
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Comment: Thank you for the great envie of goodies. I’m sorry it took me so long to rate. This month has been kinda crazy for me. ❤️
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Comment: I absolutely love, love, love this swap! I could just eat up the foxy envelope, tag, and note! You must come to Alaska, as often as you can. There is so much to see and do! We had a 60 foot whale come right up along side our boat, as we were coming in from Amook Island today! That gets the heart thumping! Stay Safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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Comments

grammypammy on Sep 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful birthday card and handmade bookmark. I loved reading what you wrote in the card and it brought tears to my eyes. You blessed and encouraged me and I appreciate you so much!

Hugs,

Pam

Snaileditcrafts on Mar 16, 2020:

Hi Karen, I just sent out the swap, "Easter Card". I hope that it will arrive quickly and safely! Have a very happy Easter! e

FLWAVE on Feb 9, 2020:

Karen, I love the super cute London postcard you sent for the unassigned Jan 2020 Postcard Roulette. That was really thoughtful. Thanks for picking me!

OrigamiGrace on Jul 4, 2019:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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thisismeAXiD on Jul 1, 2019:

Happy birthday month

yvonne401 on May 30, 2019:

Welcome to Proverbs Women! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

simcoe54 on Apr 3, 2019:

Postcard RAK - Received the NYC postcard today in the mail and it is a new one for my collection. Thanks so much!!!

jenmcjen on Mar 17, 2019:

spotteddogs on Mar 3, 2019:

Thank you so much for thinking of me with the cute St. Patrick’s Day card and the Ireland PC. I love it! It’s so fun to get unexpected mail and was so very thoughtful!

Gatzcat on Jan 21, 2019:

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Thanks for thinking of me when you sent your unassigned postcard roulette postcard. I really enjoyed your sweet words you sent and receiving your card. When I got it before I even read it, I recognized the handwriting and said out loud, “is that Karen [insert last name]?” I was right! It’s pretty funny that you have my address memorized and I know your handwriting. 😊

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