Swap-bot Time: June 1, 2020 6:02 am


Date Joined: February 16, 2008
Last Online: May 29, 2020
Birthday: November 11
Country: Canada

Favorite Music

I enjoy nearly all music - alternative rock, folk music, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, etc. I also love listening to live music. I nearly always have music on in the kitchen.

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... I belong to a book club where we meet at a restaurant once a month to drink wine and discuss our book of the month. It is a lot of fun.

Favorite Crafts

I love quilting and sewing. I also enjoy journaling (especially bullet journaling) and other papercrafts.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful guy and have a 28 year old son. I also have a step-son who is married to a great lady from Germany. They have a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter and just live 30 minutes away. I love being a grandma.

I live on Manitoulin Island - the world's largest freshwater island. (It is in northern Lake Huron close to Georgian Bay)

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.

What I like...

I love washi tape, stationary paper, note cards, vintage or interesting buttons and fabric, teabags (herbal or regular wrapped), ribbons, lace. I'm crazy about dogs and cats and other animals. I find woodland creatures adorable. I love hiking and canoeing. I plant some container gardens in the summer. My favorite colours tend to be jewel tones 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 watch Survivor, the Voice and Top Chef. I also enjoy some Netflix shows such as The Crown and Peaky Blinders. I like any mystery or crime dramas.

Recipe Swaps

RECIPE SWAPS: I have a recipe binder as well as a recipe box, so I am happy with either 4" X 6" cards or sheets to insert into my binder.

I love to cook, so am always interested in new recipes.


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.

I haven't been on SwapBot for some years and I am sure that you may be wondering why. I had become quite close with someone on SwapBot (writing letters frequently for a few years) but she passed away rather suddenly and I found I had to back away from SwapBot.

As I have even more time on my hands than usual due to the Corona virus, I have decided that I should get back to it.


cheeetah8 rated for Inspirational Quote on a Postcard on May 23, 2020
Comment: Love love love the quote and postcard!
Response: I'm glad that you enjoyed the quote. I thought it was beautiful. Stay well.
Lilyluzkay rated for Poetry Postcard on May 20, 2020
Comment: The poem you sent was the most perfect message for me at this point in my life and I thank you so much for sharing it with me!
Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed the poem. I think that it is a perfect message for any of us at any point in our lives. Stay well.
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!

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lemooon on Nov 1, 2019:


Wishing you all the best!



for NOVEMBER sweeties through LLL group (not swap)


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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