Swap-bot Time: September 16, 2019 1:19 pm


Date Joined: February 16, 2008
Last Online: June 5, 2018
Birthday: November 11
Country: Canada

Favorite Music

I enjoy nearly all music - alternative rock, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, etc. Love listening to live music. I can take or leave most country music.

Favorite Books

I love cook books, craft books & gardening books. My favorite novels are usually mystery books. Top mystery authors at the moment are Louise Penny, Maureen Jennings, Giles Blunt, Kathy Reichs, Elizabeth George and the "Blue Shoes & Happiness" series by Alexander McCall Smith. I also love books which make me think - For example, The Book Thief; Secret Life of Bees; Memory Makers Daughter; To Kill a Mockingbird...

Favorite Crafts

I have a lot of interests in crafts, but am a master of none. Am trying to learn patchwork, knitting and sewing simple items. I do love to cook & like trying different types of cuisine. I host theme dinners for my friends every month or so.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful guy and have a 22 year old son, who is studying Environmental Geography at university. We live on Manitoulin Island - the world's largest freshwater island. (Northern Lake Huron close to Georgian Bay) I love to travel. My husband and I are both retired and love to travel. We try to go somewhere warm every winter. Love to see new things and meet new people. I also have a new grandson from my stepson and his wife! Wow, I love being a grandma!

What I like...

I love chocolate, especially dark (no fruit - fairly plain), note cards, vintage or interesting buttons and fabric, teabags (herbal or regular wrapped), ribbons. I'm crazy about dogs and cats and other animals - I am especially fond of dachshunds (wiener dogs). I love hiking and canoeing. I putter in my vegetable garden and flower gardens in the summer. My favorite colours tend to be jewel tones & "happy colours" but I'm not picky.

Canada Post

Just a note to let you know that although I think I live in a wonderful country, the postal system is dismally slow. If things are slow getting there, please email me and I'll let you know when it was sent. If you don't receive it in a fairly reasonable timeframe, I will send a new package.

Who am I?

I find as I grow older that I am increasingly in love with our earth and concerned about the way we treat it. I also find myself becoming more gentle with people and more open to new ideas and philosophies. I am trying to do something creative every day and also want to try new things. For reasons beyond my control my career life is most likely over, so I am finding new ways to measure my worth.

Favorite Television

I enjoy watching American Idol, Canadian Idol, Amazing Race, Survivor, Criminal Minds , House and the Food Network. My husband doesn't cook at all, but loves to watch the Food Network with me. I am starting to convince him to help out with some cooking, so I'm glad that he is being inspired.

Apron or Recipe Swaps

APRON SWAPS: I am "vertically challenged". I'm only 5' tall and of medium build. I usually prefer a full apron (because food inevitably lands on my chest) , but will be happy no matter what!

RECIPE SWAPS: I would love to receive my recipes on 81/2 X 11 sheets of paper instead of recipe cards. I find it easier to organize my recipes in a binder. However, I also am collecting recipes on 4 X 6 cards for travelling.


I always try to rate promptly - If for some reason, I haven't rated you let me know. It's possible that I haven't received it OR it is possible that I overlooked it. I also try to rate generously.

I really enjoy SwapBot, but I don't enjoy drama - If you haven't received something from me...please just let me know and I'll resend. I have never flaked and never will. This is supposed to be fun and I would like it if we all keep it that way.


Keruka rated for 2016 Reading Log - Quarter #1 on May 10, 2016
Comment: Hi Carmen! I received your swap last week - thank you so much! I'm not much into detective books myself, but I might give some of these a go later in the year :)
inthewild rated for Just to Say Hello on Apr 15, 2016
Comment: Hi Carmen, Your envy arrived in my mailbox this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed your letter - it especially brought back lovely memories of my 4 & 1/2 years spent in Canada, mostly in Ontario. I'd love to correspond with you and will write back during May since you are so fortunate to be visiting Florida. I so enjoyed the drive from Miami to Key West, where we stayed a week - all those bridges! and the Everglades were simply awesome! Have a wonderful time and if you can, pse send me a postcard from somewhere during your travels. Best wishes, Mandy
Response: I'm am so glad that you received my letter - fairly quickly too. I am looking forward to getting your letter in May. I will watch for an interesting postcard to send over in the meantime. Take care! Carmen
biasbabe rated for Fat Quarter Swap- Feb Color Red on Mar 16, 2016
Comment: You are so very welcome dear. I loved the FQ's never can have enough I always say. I am so glad that you like the swap. Thank you also about my Cancer. Nowadays you really never hear the Name Robin LoL. Thanks Robin!
Response: Stay well! Have a wonderful day and thank you for the heart.
perkl8r rated for Fat Quarter Swap- March Color Green on Mar 4, 2016
Comment: Thank you for 2 fat quarters.
Response: Your welcome. Have a lovely day!
junemoon rated for 2015 Reading Log ~ 4th Quarter on Jan 8, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the list. Although I don't read that genre of books, the last one, about fashion sounds like a good topic for a book. I'm sure I agree with teh thesis.
CzechFriend rated for Just to say hello... on Dec 21, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the swap: the card, all the stamps and especially the lovely notes about your family - it was nice to hear from you!
Response: Have a very merry Christmas! Thanks for the heart. :-)
Gardener rated for WIYM: Christmas Card Swap on Dec 15, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the cowl pattern :-) I will give it a try. And I just loved the owl card. Merry, Merry Christmas!!
Response: And a very merry Christmas to you!
Jtodd62819 rated for PPU - Woodland Creatures (Edited) on Oct 22, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the pocket letter and re send. I am working on my return letter! Thanks :)
Response: I'm so glad that you received it. Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks for the heart!
Net3811 rated for 2015 Reading Log ~ 3rd Quarter on Oct 16, 2015
Comment: You get through a fair few books. I enjoyed some of your reviews as I'd read them as well and it was great to see another perspective
Response: Thanks for the heart! Have a wonderful weekend!
emmalouiise91 rated for 2015 Reading Log ~ 3rd Quarter on Oct 10, 2015
Comment: Thank you for your reading log. You read the same amount of books as I did this quarter =]
Response: Thanks for the heart! Have a wonderful day!
Regevl rated for Poetry on a Postcard on Oct 1, 2015
Comment: Hi Carmen, Just got your postcard and the text really hit the mark as I am standing on a crossroad... Thank you so much for the great introduction to Mary Oliver! Have a great weekend, Liat
Response: I'm glad that you like the poem. It resonates with me too. Have a wonderful weekend!
erinhayden rated for Poetry on a Postcard on Sep 29, 2015
Comment: Great poem. Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it. Have a great day!
techgrlkay rated for APDG ~ Angels on Sep 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Angel images. I loved them all. One of them reminded me of impressionist paintings. I liked it a lot.
Response: I'm so glad that you like them! Have a wonderful day and thank you for the heart. :-)
Comment: Carmen, I loved getting your letter, pics, and extras-- what a thoughtful package! The pictures of your adventures are beautiful. New Orleans is one place I'd most like to visit. Thank you!
Response: Oh, thank you so much for your patience with this swap. I'm glad that you like the photos - Thank you for the heart. Have a wonderful day!
yvonne401 rated for APDG ~ Angels on Aug 28, 2015
Comment: I can see how you love art as I do as well. Thanks for the awesome pictures!
Response: I am glad that you like the pictures. Yes, I do love art a lot!
jakeandnicksmom rated for APDG ~ Angels on Aug 27, 2015
Comment: Thank you! I love my Angels.
Response: I'm glad that you like them. Thanks for the heart!
Aankee rated for 2015 Reading Log ~ 2nd Quarter on Aug 11, 2015
Comment: Thank you for your log! I read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" a few years ago and found it really powerful. Hosseini's other books are great too! "The Book Thief" sounds intriguing and I've added it to my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendation! Happy Swapping!
Response: Have a wonderful day. I hope you enjoy the Book Thief. :-)
tristitia rated for 2015 Reading Log ~ 2nd Quarter on Aug 10, 2015
Comment: I also loved The Book Thief... and I thought that Marie Kondo is a nut job... :)
Response: Have a great day! I agree with you that Marie Kondo was a bit strange, but I certainly need help with decluttering my life, so I'll take all the help I can get!
Comment: Thanks for sharing! This sounds like a fascinating book.
Comment: I don't read much poetry either, but I have read one collection of Mary Oliver's and must agree with you that some of her poetry was quite moving. I didn't see your answers to all of the required swap questions, but you did answer most.

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CurlyTea on Nov 13, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

RyeRye on Nov 13, 2016:

Welcome to Inspiration Station!

RyeRye on Nov 11, 2016:


inthewild on May 18, 2016:

A luverly bunch of pink flamingos from Florida popped out my mailbox today - a big thank you for the cute postcard Carmen. Hope my letter mailed off couple weeks ago lands there shortly. In the meantime happy swapping. Mandy

jesslynne on Aug 31, 2015:

Hello! This is for the APDG ~ Angels swap. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Happy Swapping!


jesslynne on May 18, 2015:

Hi there! This is for the APDG ~ May Flowers Swap. I hope you like the pictures! :)

Happy Swapping!


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