Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2019 4:28 pm


Date Joined: May 9, 2016
Last Online: March 22, 2019
Birthday: September 8
Country: United States

About Me

Updated 3/17/19:

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my profile!

I was born in northeast Ohio in 1977, moved to southwest Georgia in 1991, and hope to wind up living out my future retirement years in the mountains. I met my husband in 2005 and married him in 2007. We have two daughters, both out of college and doing their own thing.

I like to keep busy, which is why I joined Swap-Bot. I've always enjoyed being creative. Sometimes I wish I were as creative as others, but this is all about having fun, meeting new people, and learning from what others' do ... at least that's what it's about for me.

My husband and I love to travel and try to go somewhere as often as we can. One of my goals is to drive the entire historic Route 66. We are not beach people. We've been to the beach several times but, if we have our choice, we prefer the mountains.

I am a Christian and usually lean Republican. While you may already be judging me for these two things, don't. While I may not agree with all lifestyles, that doesn't mean I can't love people for who they are. My past includes being involved in interracial relationships. My family includes members of the LGTBQ community. I love them for who they are and not what they do. I never judge a book (or person) by the cover/outside. Doing that could cause you to miss out on the most influential person of your life. How sad would that be?

Favorite Music

Musically, I am all over the place. I listen to everything from classical, big band, blues, rock, rap, today's hits, etc. The only thing I don't recall ever listening to is opera. And maybe that's just because I've never sat down to watch or listen to one.

Favorite rap era: 90s and 2000s (i.e. Tupac, Notorius B.I.G., DMX, Jay-Z, etc.)

Favorite country era: 80s and 90s - thanks, mom! (i.e. Randy Travis, Alabama, George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, Crystal Gayle, Lorrie Morgan, etc.)

Favorite Books

I try to give all genres of books a chance. However, I have noticed I tend to stay away from most poetry and non-fiction. Every now and then, I may pick up a biography or another non-fiction book but it is EXTREMELY rare.

Favorite Author: Stephen King, hands down. Most people think it's because of how scary he writes, but that's not it. The man is an absolute genius and I would LOVE to meet him one day. I would die … and die happily, I might add.

Favorite Book: I have several but the one that's hard to knock down off my #1 spot is IT by (you guessed it) Stephen King.

IT is not just about a clown. As a matter of fact, the big, scary monster isn't necessarily a clown. It's a shapeshifter based on a child's fear. If a child's afraid of clowns, then that's what it becomes. If a child's afraid of werewolves, that's what he/she will get. If a person can read beyond the obvious, you can see that IT is about a group of friends helping each other overcome their fears. IT is about how powerful a child's imagination and beliefs can really be and how we lose the strength of our imaginations as we grow older. It's really sad, if you think about it. I just love it/IT.

I've always loved to read since my mom took my brother and I to the library as children. Once she started that, I read as much as I could get my hands on. I usually read way above my grade level.

I had a book review blog about 10 years ago. It grew fairly well. I had authors and publishers sending me free books in exchange for honest reviews. I even had three or four people helping me with all of the review requests that were coming in. The only issue with a book review blog getting that much recognition, especially when it's hard to say 'no' to a review request, is that eventually maintaining the blog starts feeling like a job rather than something you enjoy. When I realized my love for reviewing waned to the point of almost hating it, I shut down the blog. After that, I didn't read for almost a year. I've gradually gotten back into the habit of reading and my love for it is starting to grow again.

Other authors I've enjoyed: Nancy Atherton, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Angie Thomas, Jodi Picoult, Fiona Davis, Scott Wilbanks, and many more.

Favorite Crafts

The crafts I grew up doing were plastic canvas and cross-stitching. I also took a few art classes just for fun but I'm not especially talented.

About 5 years ago, I was looking to expand my craftiness and, with the help of Walmart and YouTube, taught myself how to crochet. I've made about seven afghans since then and even gave myself the name of the Afghan Hooker (yes, it's meant to be funny).

Once we moved into our new house and things settled down a bit, I wanted to learn new crafty things. Somehow, not sure how, I came across Swap-Bot and was intrigued. Since then, I've learned how to do pocket letters and am getting ready to do my very first stuffed envelope. I've started looking into ATCs and may try those one day soon.

I love to keep pushing myself in creative ways and Swap-Bot is definitely helping me to do that.

Favorite Movies

My husband has gotten me into the Marvel/DC universe. I love the Iron Man movies, as well as the Avenger movies.

Aside from the comic book movies, I enjoy scary movies (although I am hardpressed to find one that actually scares me), family movies, funny movies, dramas, rom-coms ... I'll basically sit through any genre of movie as long as I'm interested in the story it's telling.



I'm a HUGE fan of black, but I do enjoy earth tones as well as bright, vibrant colors. I can do without pink. Not a fan of pink.


I like dark roasted coffees. Not a fan of Starbucks (shocking, I know).

I like black and green teas, although I prefer my green teas to be cold. I will drink fruity and spicy teas hot (think cinnamon-spicy, not jalepeno-spicy).


I love dogs and cats, although I don't have any of my own yet. Birds and butterflies are beautiful and I love to watch them.

I don't do bugs or reptiles in real life, but don't mind them in pictures or swaps.


I married my husband on Halloween so I love the spooky, creepy ephemera and decor that goes along with that ... scary pumpkins, spiders, spider webs, witches, orange/black-themed items, etc.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the people gathering together but mostly, let's be honest here, because of the food. I always have new recipes I'm trying out and absolutely love all the leftovers so I can create even more new dishes the days after Thanksgiving.

Christmas is a favorite holiday because of the magic in the air. I absolutely love Christmas, especially while I was living up north. The snow just helps with the feeling of Christmas for me. I love all the reds and greens and whites of Christmas, too. It's just the most wonderful time of the year (yes, I sang that as I typed it).


I will rate no later than the following day I receive a swap. I try to rate the same day I receive it, but sometimes my schedule is a little wonky so it may take me until the following day.

I will not rate you lower than a 5 if you send me something that's not my taste. I can look at a swap and tell if the person has put some time and effort into the swap and that's what I rate on. If it happens to be something that's not my style, then all that tells me is that I may pass along those elements to someone else instead of keeping them.

As far as what I like and don't like for a swap ... I'm not entirely sure yet. The only thing I know for sure is that I am not a huge fan of anything pink. Doesn't matter the shade, it's just not a color I gravitate towards. I do realize if I join a Valentine's Day swap that there will be elements of pink in the swap. I am totally okay with this as it is part of the holiday colors.

As I become a more experienced swapper, I'll edit this section to things I like or don't like. Until then, though, feel free to create and send me whatever you want. Just pour your heart into it and you'll get a 5 from me.


Comment: Thank you for the great verse, have a wonderful weekend!
Bucket rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 11, 2019
USAFwife rated for TBR: Pledge and read! on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the swap! Glad that you were able to cross off another title from your TBR, even if it wasn't a good read. :(
fiorellaione rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Thank your for your update! :)
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: February update! on Mar 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sending your TBR update list -- I enjoyed reading it. I too discovered some books I owned and hadn't yet read while cleaning my home office .....! Keep up the good work!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: February update! on Feb 28, 2019
Comment: Best of luck with your TBR! I found some books I forgot about too!
jayneblonde002 rated for TBR: February update! on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Thank you for your list.
USAFwife rated for TBR: February update! on Feb 27, 2019
Comment: Are you enjoying The Hate You Give? Seems to be a popular one here, the library never seems to have a copy.
crochetjunkie rated for Just Randomness on Feb 11, 2019
Comment: Oh em gee!!! What a great surprise!! I love everything you sent! Thank you so much! I have not tried this yarn or read this book! I LOVE Hobby Lobby, but the cloestest one is over an hour away. Thank you so much! You made my day!!
Malika rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 9, 2019
Comment: I like that you've numbered your list; easier to see the challenge you have ahead of you!
tentmari rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 9, 2019
hazelwitch3 rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 8, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list. I look forward to seeing how you and all of us get on through the year. That's a lot of Aunt Dimity!
Bucket rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 7, 2019
Comment: Good luck with your list!
USAFwife rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Wow, that's quite a list. :) Some that I certainly recognize. :) I read a few of the Aunt Dimity books ... maybe I should look for others? :)
Response: I received my first Aunt Dimity book from a publisher. Of course, it was around book 20 or so. I loved it so much that I've started buying them from #1 on up. =)
fiorellaione rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list! Surely you'll have a great reading year :)
Response: I sure hope so. I've been in a slump the past few months. I'm looking forward to this group motivating me to read more. Have a great reading year, too! =)
Marryth rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Thanks for sharing your TBR list!
colleenbUSA rated for TBR: List the list! on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Happy Reading!
AddictWithAPen rated for Me from A to Z on Feb 4, 2019
Comment: I absolutely loved what you did ! It was so original and cute ! Thank you so much. It was nice to get to know you a little through this lovely little book :)
Response: Yay!!! I'm so glad you liked it. I was hoping it wasn't too cheesy. =)

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MLouiseO on Mar 22, 2019:


This is for the Profile Bible Verse Swap. This is #5.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

1 Timothy 6:17

You are my hiding place, and my shield. I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114

jaimierandolph on Mar 22, 2019:

2019 Newbie Friendly - Profile Bible Verse #5

John 1:12

Yet to all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Nnsabel on Mar 22, 2019:

2019 Newbie Friendly - Profile Bible Verse #5

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

to continue see Fathersloveletter.com

RyeRye on Sep 8, 2016:

Happy Birthday!


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RyeRye on Jul 14, 2016:

Welcome to Swap-Bot!

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