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LittleFlower

LittleFlower
Date Joined: March 4, 2024
Last Online: June 23, 2024
Birthday: November 7
Country: Canada
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Favorite Music

I love most kinds of music, love listening to oldies, 80's, contemporary pop. I am a descant soprano in my church choir so I sing a lot of hymns and choral pieces and those are also some of my favourite things to listen to as well.

Favorite Books

I am an avid reader. I particularly enjoy psychological thrillers, true crime, narrative non fiction (Mary Roach, David Sedaris, Bill Bryson for example). Some favourite particular ones for me: Anne of Green Gables (mandatory reading for all Canadian girls :-) , Charm School and Plumb Island (Nelson Demille) and the Harry Potter series which is probably my favourite to re-read.

Favorite Television

I watch a lot of British shows, many that are obscure to non Brits (Gogglebox, 24 Hours in A&E, QI, Have I Got News for You), but also the big hits that make it across the pond like Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife (that last one is my favourite drama series of all-time). I also have a secret addiction to certain reality series, my guilty pleasures are the 90 day fiancé series and spin offs, Catfish, Naked and Afraid and worst/best of all the Real Housewives (Of BH, NY mainly, just starting into NJ)

Career

I am a nurse, however I no longer work due to a complex heart condition that is incurable. I worked as an RN on the acute medical ward for 16 years, and I was an ER nurse for 2 years somewhere in the middle of my career because I was getting bored of general medicine. After two years of daily chaos in ER I returned to the ward for a little less drama. By then I was starting to get sick, which is why I returned to ward nursing which is stressful but not as full on as ER. I miss my colleagues and "the good old days" but am glad not to be working in that environment anymore as it had a lot to do with my health failing and my friends tell me things are so much worse since the pandemic (in fact we are having big political debates right now in my province over the legalization of class A drugs...patients are now allowed to bring their own drugs and weapons into hospital and recently a nurse had to be admitted to ER after being exposed to crack pipe smoke on the delivery ward...so yeah...I think I'm glad not to be dealing with THAT kind of crap)

Home Life and hobbies

I live alone with my two cats. I live in an old mansion in a very old neighbourhood which is quiet and park-like. The mansion isn't all mine, I share it with 5 other owners...it's a strata, it was converted into units in the 70's but still has a lot of the original 1909 features. I enjoy writing. Currently have a first draft of a novel but haven't had the energy the past two years to work on editing so I've been trying to do short blog posts instead to keep up my craft. I write about my nursing adventures, stories from my childhood and eventually some of my health care adventures will be posted. The posts are lighthearted and funny. I am 2/3 Irish and I was a competitive Irish dancer for many years before I had to quit due to health. I was also a pianist before I got too sick to focus on playing, made it to grade 7 Royal Conservatory of Music.

My personality

I'm an outgoing introvert. I am the class clown, was the rebel in chief at work (while maintaining high patient standards), I love to laugh more than anything else. I'm silly, I do impressions, I think I might have missed my calling to work on SNL. I love to listen to people's stories and learn about them. My sense of humour runs dark, as with most nurses. I can find the funny in most situations, especially if it relates to me. You'll find me in my hospital bed laughing myself into an asthma attack over something I overheard a nurse say or an encounter with a delirious roommate during the night. I do not take myself too seriously and take my trials in stride. I am a practicing Catholic and my faith is very important to me, especially in light of the health challenges I face and poor quality of life. I like to make it clear to people that I am a liberal Catholic, LGTBQ+ friendly, non-judgemental and tolerant of all other denominations/religions or non-religious people. I will not try to convert you lol.

Favorite Crafts

Ok I'm just going to tell you what to expect in terms of my Happy Mail style...I use a variety of things like stamps, ephemera, drawing with pens or watercolour pencils, stamps, I use a lot of unique and fun stickers. I don't do the distressed style stuff much, but I enjoy receiving it. I incorporate favourite lines of music, literature, poetry, quotes from the sages. Lots of colour!! Always include little extras in my swaps like post cards, note pages, stickers/washi.

Swapping preferences

I like to receive all things music (piano, singing, dancing, etc), faith (especially Catholic), bright/neon colours: pink, purple, blue, green. 80's nostalgia, anything vintage, cats, swans, cheetahs, fawns, most animals, fuzzy stickers, British/Irish themed, books, fairy tales, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, feathers, healthcare themed (especially cardiac). Brightly coloured fun stationery pages (I have two sponsor children I write to and since I can't send sheets of stickers I try to use fun paper and adorn it with various stickers to brighten their day...they are both girls). I'm also really into TPC's so if you want to include a couple in a swap I can do most themes. If unsure just message me. NO to: crystals/food (unless it's colourful sweet treats), tarot or new age stuff (though I have lots of that to swap if that's your interest). Oh and NO WASHI! I have an "Illegal amount" of it according to my mom and one of my choir friends just gave me about 75 new rolls of it for Easter (which I'll have to hide)...if you want me to send you Washi (wrapped around plastic cards for you to use) let me know and I'll put some in the swap for you.

Ratings

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Comment: Thank you for the postcard you made and the letter 🤣🤣 I’m so writing you back so I can share my lists. It is nice to have another Spoonie nurse and singer. I read my husband the nurse part I am laughing so hard!
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Comment: Hi Sally! Thank you so much for the awesome pocket and all of the amazing goodies...you really made my day with all of the Hufflepuff and kitty things! :-) Such a fun swap to open, xo!
Cindymt rated for SITM ~ 20 Questions on Jun 20, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Maria66 rated for Dear Diary Post card on Jun 19, 2024
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Comment: Hello Sally, thanks for a little view into your past! I do hope you find a way to find some joy and excitement here and there in life, even though you are sick. Nice to meet another Catholic!
ccap rated for List Making #2 on Jun 19, 2024
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Comment: Okay, you've made me want to go to London (again). And, I TOO love the Kevin Sullivan production of Anne of Green Gables. AND I love both David Sedaris and Bill Bryson.
Response: Wow, that's so cool!
sorcha rated for Newbie Friendly Happy mail int #6 on Jun 16, 2024
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Comment: What a fabulous swap! Thank you, Sally! I love it all! <3
Response: Aww that's awesome :)
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Comment: I loved your letter! It cracked me up so much. Luckily for you, my humour is most British! I shall reply asap.
Response: Oh good, lol. British humour is the best, glad I made you laugh.
SkaGirl rated for List Making #2 on Jun 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you! :)
Ryder rated for List Making #2 on Jun 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you!
bhogle rated for Anything goes postcard swap #13 on Jun 3, 2024
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Comment: I loved the postcards you sent and the extras! The little triangle highlighter memo notes really brought me back to elementary school in the best way! 💜 thank you!
Response: I am a child of the 80's too. Remember the 4 colour pen we all lusted over? lol Glad you enjoyed the swap.
samsstuff rated for Stickers and a Sketch - May on May 29, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the adorable sketch and the stickers!
youngsenior rated for Encourage Me on May 28, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the letter and all the goodies. Your friend Joy
TonyaAshe rated for Quick Swap HappyMail #28H- INT on May 28, 2024
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MsBellaDonna rated for Encourage Me on May 24, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so very much for your lovely letter and the extra goodies! Your mansion sounds so intriguing - I love those old places with all of their history and mystery! This was a great swap and I’m glad we could all encourage each other. So often life has other plans for us but I think we are always stronger than we know! xo
AuntieBlythe rated for Encourage Me on May 21, 2024
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Comment: Thank you. Love the Care Bear sticker! My mom thinks I have way to much washi too
Response: Lol, we need to start a washi addict support group. Glad that care bear found its home!!
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Comment: OMG! Thank you so cute! :) Appreciate everything!
LavenderSprinkles rated for Loose Sticker on May 10, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the stickers and washi tape. Hope you have a lovely day. Happy swapping.
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Comment: Hello fellow Canadian Thank you for the postcards.
funstuff rated for Happy mail destash #2 on May 9, 2024
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Comment: Thank you so much for all the fun and good items to be used.
redyellownow rated for Let's Brag! #3 on May 6, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter, darling envelope of littles and Eric Carle postcards from the new set - love them. I really appreciated hearing about your accomplishments in nursing, and in life. Thanks for stretching a bit to share them with me. I'm sure you are sorely missed at the hospital. Nurses can be overlooked - I'm glad your gifts were celebrated (and not burned, lol). Happy day to you!
Response: aww thank you so much, glad you liked the PC's and my long stories, lol, I've been writing since I was in grade 6 and it seems every little event is fodder for a story. That was a fun swap, definitely lifted my mood to write all that.

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Comments

NatashaJane on Mar 16, 2024:

Welcome to swapbot. Your profile is nicely done. Reminded me I really need to sit down for 10mins and fix mine 😂😂😂

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