Swap-bot Time: June 1, 2023 10:09 pm


Date Joined: September 17, 2013
Last Online: February 15, 2017
Birthday: February 27
Country: United States

About Me

Bleu, BAD DOG!

Then she said, “I was getting my toy off of the coffee table and Mom’s box of postcards fell all over the floor…SHE IS MAD!!!”

Yes she did. Yes, I was!

I'm a middle-age wife who has returned to college for a 2nd bachelor's in Addiction Studies and am graduating on 12-13-14 with a master's in Mental Health Counseling. I ran into swapbot while Google-ing geocaching information.

Our 2 sons graduated from University of Minnesota's with Mechanical Engineering degrees. Our 23 year old moved to North Carolina to work at Ingersol-Rand after spending ½ year in Norway. Our 21 year old is a mechanical engineer for Polaris here in MN and is currently in Poland for a month.

It is wonderful to watch my "babies" grow into such nice young men!

For 20 years I operated a childcare business, was ready to be done at that time. I'm working in a residential treatment facility for women in addiction recovery. It is amazing what these women have survived, and understanding that not one of them woke up one morning deciding to mess up their lives so terribly. Very fulfilling work.


* Geocaching

* Rock polishing

* My Australian Shepherds:

- Bleu and Taz

* My Shih-Tzu:

- Clutch

* Jewelry-making

* Genealogy

* Reading (non-fiction, psychology, etc…NOT checklist, romance, fantasy…NO 50 Shades/Grey, Harry Potter, Vampire, murder-mysteries, etc)

* Personal growth

I'm a spiritual person...I was raised religious, but have found my place being spiritual. PLEASE DO NOT SEND RELIGIOUS STUFF, UNLESS IT IS BUDDHIST! I enjoy meditating and Buddhist psychology, however I'm not a practicing Buddhist.


* Keychains from other states and countries

* I love international items with the city/country name on it…writing pens (black ink, please), postcards, etc.

* Bookmarks

* Coloring mandalas (Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils)

* Foreign logo stuff

* Agate rocks (Lake Superior "Laker" agates!)

* Hockey

* Motocross

* Milk chocolate caramel... Guaranteed heart for MY NEW FAVORITE: CURLYWURLY!!!

* The color green, "jewel colors"

* Storypeople.com


* My 1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport motorcycle!

* JEEP stuff (have a Grand Cherokee, but no off-roading)

* Sarcastic humor

* Computers, technology, geeky stuff

* "Boring" tourist-y regular-size coffee mugs (Not those big mugs)

* Nice writing pens (black ink, please)

* Imprinted pens (black ink, please) from anywhere: hospitals, banks, colleges, associations, etc


* Smelly, girlie things, bath stuff

* Make-up, lipstick (flavored clear gloss OK)

* Girlie colors

* Socks

* Scarfs

* Kiddie cutesy things

* Coffee/tea

* Suduko

* Coupons

* Costume jewelry

* Harry Potter and other "fantasy" type stuff

* 50 Shades of Grey - type books

I enjoy unusual hobbies and thought Swap-Bot would be a good one to try out! AND I AM NOT A FLAKE, so you don't have to worry about me! Thanks in advance for the fun!

FAVORITE MUSIC (for starters):

* Ex's and Oh's (Elle King)

* Leader of the Band (Dan Fogelberg)

* I Love You (Climax Blues Band)

* Let Her Cry (Darius Rucker)

* Somebody I Used to Know (Gottye)

* Take Me to Church (Hozier)

* Honey I'm Good (Andy Grammar)

* These Boots are Made for Walking (Nancy Sinatra)

* Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites)

* Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

* Cry, Cry, Cry (Johnny Cash)

FAVORITE BOOKS (for starters):

* Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

* Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)

* The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell)

* Deep End of the Ocean (Jacqueline Mitchard)

* The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)

* The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)

* Journey to the East (Hermann Hesse)

* Radical Acceptance (Tara Brach)

* The Wise Heart (Jack Kornfield)

* Resilient Adults (Gina O'Connell Higgins)

* You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy? (Kate Kelly)

* Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

* Dawn (Elie Wiesel)

* Day (Elie Wiesel)

* Night (Elie Wiesel)

FAVORITE MOVIES (for starters):

* Pretty Woman

* Seven Pound

* Life is Beautiful

* A Beautiful Mind

* Rain Man

(OK, I don't remember a lot of them!)

FAVORITE TV SHOWS (Funny, these are cognitively polar opposites of the books I read! lol):

* The Bachelor/Bachelorette (with my girlfriend!)

* Dr. Phil

* Steve Harvey

* Shark Tank

* Undercover Boss

* Bar Rescue

* Chopped

* DIY Shows on HGTV

(Yes, they are mostly mindless! lol)

And...I ALWAYS post new swaps with NO FLAKE ZONE designation...


Comment: Hate giving a 1 because I know you were always a good swapper but this is very old and I never got anything or an answer to my messages :( I hope everything is ok. Will re-rate if I get the swap.
Comment: Imagine when I come home from holidays and see a package awaiting me! I did not think it would have much more then a bag in it, but the time and effort you have put in to make this an awesome swap gift. Charlie and I can't thank you enough. He is right into Spiderman at the moment and the sunglasses go well with his Spiderman cap he got for Christmas. The bookmark for him will come in great use as I have just started reading chapter books to him! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I LOVE THE BAG!!!!
Response: You are very welcome! Enjoy...
Comment: I am delighted! Thank you for a wonderful tea, exactly as I like! Thank you for your cards, super key chains and awesome magnets, deko tape, a letter with such funny childhood photos, earrings and the other gifts! I was lucky to get the parcel from you! And you're a great coordinator)
Response: Thank you very much...I am glad you enjoy!
Comment: oh, i dont know where it was until the end of the year when it came, wow so many nice things everything fabulous, the tea, postcards and abolutely great magnets fitting into my collection:), thank you for that super swap
Response: It apparently went on tour! Enjoy...
brianfuchs rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 19, 2015
mymymymy rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 17, 2015
Comment: You have giving my wish out of my list,love the MOO,thx Barb!
Teshiepoo89 rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 17, 2015
karaterp rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 15, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card! I used to live in Minnesota and miss the sunsets on the lakes!
mihnea rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 9, 2015
Comment: Also I enjoy little donuts ..not with M&M's :) I even prepare them - home made :)
Cha13 rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 8, 2015
Comment: I feel like visiting Minnesota! Beautiful postcard, thank you!! Xx
Comment: The sitting cow made me laugh :) - thanks!
slckad rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 7, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard! My great grandma loved cherry turnovers too!
Comment: That sounds delicious, thank you for the postcard!
goinjenny rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 5, 2015
Comment: Thank you
Karen07 rated for Baker's Dozen Easy Postcard Swap on Dec 4, 2015
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: thank you
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: 15 Nov 2015: After your explanation of circumstances I feel inclined to re-rate. The teas were great! Now I'm conflicted between feeling regretful for trying them because I can't get more here, or glad that I get to taste tea from another part of the world. // 13 Nov 2015: Thank you for the swap and I appreciate the extras. What was interesting was that I received an Iowa keychain but the postcards feature Minnesota. The send-by date was, however, 26th October 2015. It was marked sent 29th October 2015. The postage label on the parcel states 6th November 2015, which was verified by the tracking number. I'm sure you have your reasons and life happens, but there was no communication or notification about the late send of almost 2 weeks, and so with this reason is why I have to rate a 3. I am glad to receive the teas that I am not able to get here and I can't wait to try all of them. It was a fun package to open. Thanks for hosting the swap.
Response: Thank you for your understanding. Just let me know if you "need" more of those great teas! :-)
Comment: I thought the stuffed envelope was to be stuffed with goodies, not your junk mail. You met the 'basic' criteria so l have to give you a 5...
Response: I am sorry you were not pleased with your swap that only met criteria. Good luck in future swaps, I hope they additionally meet your expectations.
Comment: WOW - what an incredible awesome package - I adore every single thing you sent! Made my school term - one more day and then 2 weeks break from hundreds of students :)
Response: I am so glad you enjoyed it! I read all the profiles of who I am sending to and try to choose things they would like to receive. ENJOY!!!!

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Blacksugar on Nov 20, 2015:

Thanks a million for angeling the mug swap! I received your amazingly filled package today! I was definately not expecting all the little extras you added to the wonderful mug! Thank you so so much for absolutely making my day! You are the best! <3

liveve308 on Sep 30, 2015:

A 1000000 Thank Yous for the lovely angel! I love the magnets and the teas, the nailpolish is perfect for Halloween and the candies were quite yummy ;) Thanks so much <3

virgoleanne on Nov 8, 2014:

Hey friend! I am hosting postcard swaps now! Come take a look at my swaps @virgoleanne Feel free to join up or send some ideas for swaps you would like to see. Let me know of any swaps you would like me to join also. :) Leanne Big news

mailboxqueen30 on Oct 29, 2014:

Hey i was wondering if you could possibly reply to my 2 pms about whether you have received pc from the swap Simple Postcard Swap Thanks a mil


Lizard on Oct 21, 2014:

LOVE your dog! you're in America and have an Australian dog; I'm in Australia and have a German Shepherd and a Chinese Sharpei!

Bookfreak on Aug 14, 2014:

Hey :) There was a envie for my mom in the mailbox today. Thank you a lot, she is kind of touched that so many strangers send her a note. It always makes her day.

Paige1900 on Jul 22, 2014:

Was reading your profile. We have an Australian Shepard (a Blue Merle) named Molly. There is a picture of her on my profile. She is 11 months old now, the picture was when she was 6 weeks. : )

RooBaRoo on Jul 3, 2014:

Thanks,Barb, so sweet of You! I hope my pcs reach soon, though!

notme78 on May 15, 2014:

I see that you also like geocaching. I think it's lots of fun, even though i haven't found that many yet. Have you found many caches yet?

RooBaRoo on Apr 15, 2014:

Hi! I am very curious to know if your BFF received my postcard. Please tell me when she does. Mine has disappeared! I am guessing she's on a belated honeymoon .. or drowned her phone! & oh! if your BFF does not receive by April end (I know You won't ask her, it's a surprise) I will re-send.

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