Swap-bot Time: April 3, 2020 7:31 pm


Date Joined: July 3, 2014
Last Online: April 3, 2020
Birthday: August 17, 1968
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated March 28, 2020. While I husband is living 6 hours away in Pennsylvania, I will remain here in Michigan. I will be living between the two states until our homes sell here and that looks like possibly for some years. I am keeping my mailing address as my Michigan home since I will be here the majority of the time.

2-20-2020. We found a home in Clarington (Forest County,) PA surrounded by woods and wildlife. Husband starts his new job with the FAA March 15th. Excited and nervous about the transition. At least we can take our time moving since we need to sell our home in Michigan.

Updated 02/17/2020. Mailed my 1000th swap today.

Updated January 19, 2020

We sold 1 of our homes here in Michigan and now starting to see where we can live in Pennsylvania. We know it will be somewhere around the area of Dubois/Brookville. Because of circumstances, our FINAL day of moving may not take place until the end of 2020. I will need to live between Michigan and Pennsylvania until our main home sells. Looks like 2020 will be quite an adventure for us.

2019 is passing so quickly. Fall is here and brought along pleasing cooler weather.
Updated 09-25-19

If ever you get to Michigan and want to meet up, I have always enjoyed get togethers with fellow swap-bot addicts. Brunch/supper or whatever. Just contact me.

Updated August 6, 2018. My son has a beautiful bride. Their wedding was full of emotions. I cried happy tears when she walked down the aisle, said their vows, and danced the son-mother dance. I am so proud of them. Memorable items that happened were: The fire alarm went off in the church during the reception (deafening) and the mens bathroom toilet actually cracked and water flooded out into the reception (was it that person ate too much earlier? LOL ) All in all, I can say it was the best wedding I have ever attended. Congrats to Amy and Ben (Aug 4, 2018)

***OMG I am giving a gigantic praise to @Pianoheart for a surprise of 21 cassette tapes. (yes, I wrote 21) She did not know this, but my husband lived in Hawaii for 6 years and she sent alot of Hawaiian music. She is a true blessing and a wonderful soul. I cannot thank her enough for sending such joy to us.

Happy New Year 2018!

I finished my 500th swap on Sept 8th 2017. Am having so much fun sending out smiles to everyone.

In these past few weeks, I have gotten international mail WAY after it has been sent. One took a month, the other longer than 8 weeks. I do believe even our mail wants to vacation a bit.

May all have a very blessed 2017

My newest niece, Amelia Love McDivitt was born on 7-20-16. So tiny and perfect.

On Mothers Day '16, My oldest son, Ben proposed to his girlfriend of 5 years. She said YES. I will be so happy to have her for a daughter. Sweet, kind and loving. (Their wedding took place Aug '18)

*** If you don't receive a swap from me when I note that I sent it, please notify me ASAP so I can resend it. It is not my personality to flake. Never have, and don't intend to start. My word is my bond. Swapping means too much to me to flake. I LOVE bringing joy to others.

Born and raised in the countryside of Lancaster County, PA (amongst horse & buggies and rolling hills). Lived/studied in Dusseldorf, Germany (1988) Also did the Eurorail (it was a 30 day long train travel pass in which I backpacked through 10 countries) that summer (to celebrate my 20th birthday). 1990-1991 lived in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. Settled back in Lancaster in '91 and got married. Divorced in 2010 after 19 years. Found love again in 2011 and married Justin in 2012. We now live in Michigan. I have 3 children, Ben (1995) Alexis (1996) and Troy (2002). I have several indoor cats, Luna, Ms Priss (indoor during winter months only), Mr Dingles & Puma. The later 2 are my daughters. As of 10-20-17, the stray cat we feed, finally got the nerve to come into our home and now he/she comes in to eat and sleep a little beside us on the sofa before he wants out again. He is black and we call him Minx.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, baking/cooking new recipes, flower gardening (I have a friendship garden that I have gotten transplants from many friends--you can add too it if you like), traveling, Atlantic Beach Time, antique and thrift store shopping, swapping almost anything and pen paling internationally.

I wear size 7 or 7 1/2 shoes, 5 ft tall since 6th grade and funsize in life. Long hair which I enjoy wearing up. I am all natural--no hair dye (love my silver streaks life has highlighted me with), no make up (though I may be seen with mascara or blush), no tattoos and only have my ears pierced once (seems odd now days).

I enjoy www.wheresgeorge.com with my user name Michelle His Belle.

I also am a part timer in Geocaching. My name there is Mstracker. I go with my brother when I visit him and he tracks them and I just totally forget too. I gotta change that!

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I decorate immensely. I mail out over 200 Christmas cards. If you mail me one, I always mail a return. It is always a pleasure meeting new people.

Thank-you for taking the time to get to know me. Hopefully I can get to know you. Peace and Love.

Favorite Music

I listen to Country, Pop and Classical (we have this on while we eat dinner). I don't like RAP or Jazz. Lately, I have been listening to Celtic and New Age music to write my pen pals. It's very calming to the soul.

*John Denver
Looking for CD's from him so I can play it in my car on my long drives.
** I have been listening to NPR and also books on CD.

Favorite Television

~~30 degrees in February
~~Married at First Sight
~~Death in Paradise (just recently removed from Netflix,,,sad face)
~~The Good Doctor
~~Young Sheldon
~~The 100
~~My 5 wives
~~Grace and Frankie
~~The Shannara Chronicles
~~The 4400
~~The Librarians
~~Naked and Afraid
~~The Amazing Race
~~When Calls the Heart
~~The real housewives of Orange County

I seem to watch a lot of Netflix lately. Any suggestions on an International movie or TV show?

As you can see, I like a mixture of everything ********Don't watch the news too much since it is mainly negative anyways. I mean, who wants to go to bed and wake in the morning with negativity surrounding them, right?


~~Baby giraffes
~~Sand dollars
~~Fragrant shower gels (Avon Skin so soft, soft and sensual my favorite)
~~Dining decorative paper napkins
~~kitchen cotton linens (tea-towels, dishcloths etc)
~~Powdered Chai mixtures
~~miniature/regular tea cups
~~Green is my favorite Color
~~Life is good products
~~Happy Mail
~~If you have any questions if I would like something, you can always send me a message. I find happiness in the smallest and simplest of items


****Cigarette smoke*** Please don't send anything that has that odor.
Adult Coloring books/cards etc.
I don't need any reward stickers/preschool/childrens stickers.
Recipes that are HOT or spicy.
Microfiber kitchen towels.
Dollar Tree items
No Vanilla or Pine scent please.

Things I enjoy

~~Unique items
~~Thrift store/Antique store finds
~~Primitive American/Folk Art
~~American Eskimo Dog breed (my last dog was Neva, passed after sharing her life with me for 14 years)

~~Quiet evening at home when the snow is falling
~~Eating out
~~burning candles
~~my flower garden
~~I play Toontown Rewritten with my husband and youngest son

~~Country drives
~~Netflix---any suggestions?

Favorite Books

Anything Beverly Lewis and Tracie Patterson. These authors make me feel "right at home"

*I have been listening to books on CD on my long drives. Gently used ones would be much appreciated.

Wish List

~~Fairy figuerines/furniture (new home in the woods and need to incorporate this)
~~Winnie the pooh anything
~~Holly Hobby anything
~~Beatrice Potter anything
~~Reusable grocery totes, fabric and washable
~~wax melts (no pine)
~~Wallflower diffuser (plain or any design) and plugs (no pine)
~~candles (none from dollar bins/tree)
~~Packaging items for mailing items
~~Forever stamps
~~Just recently I have started to collect oval stickers for my car from different cities and countries
~~Used books on CD, (Audio books)
~~John Denver music on CD
~~Celtic music on CD
~~Christmas music box music on CD
~~Gift cards to Panera Bread, McDonalds, Little Caesars, Dominos, Chilis, Bath & Body works, Little Caesars, Cracker Barrel, Christmas Tree Shoppes, Meijers, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning
~~Quality socks (no knee high though)
~~note cards
~~Christmas cards (all year long)
~~box of birthday cards
~~Anything Life is Good
~~Linen sprays (Chamomile)
~~Room sprays
~~cotton table place mats (seasonal)
~~tea/kitchen towels(cotton only)
~~bracelets (silver)
~~studs or flat pierced earrings (silver)
~~body wash
~~Toffifee chocolates Can be found at cvs etc. These are my favorite!
~~caramello by Cadbury
~~Anything Folk Art
~~squirrel anything
~~Fairies on anything
~~homemade kitchen dishcloths
~~holiday/seasonal figurines (cupids, easter bunnies/chicks, 4th of july, halloween, thanksgiving, santas/snowmen for examples)
~~Pocket letters--Learning how to make these in an interesting manner.
~~Dotee dolls
~~Matchbox creations
~~Button arm & leg dolls

(the last 3 items I have just learned about and find them extremely interesting)

~~~~~~~ This is just a few ideas

On a short note

I am extremely easy to please. I prefer quality over quantity. And LOVE unique items found in gift stores or gently used items from a consignment/thrift store. To get a hand written note or short letter with my swaps mean the world to me--letting me realize you targeted me and not just the swap requirements.

Postcard Preference

I am starting to enjoy these. I really like touristy and unique ones. Funny ones catch me and I place them on my wall to enjoy all year. I also like holiday cards (Easter, Christmas etc). At this time, I have no dislikes.


Comment: Thanks for the very cool postcard! Stay safe and healthy!
Response: Thank you for the well wishes and the heart rating. Stay healthy as well.
Comment: Thank you!!
Response: You are welcome. Hope to see you in the next rounds. Thank you for the heart. Stay safe.
wanderluster rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #186 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Michelle, i absolutely loved your message you wrote to me in this notecard, and double-thank-you for the little extras. I hope its okay if i wrote you back on this one? P.s. I DID in fact scratch Gunner’s little head for you, and he looked liked he was enjoying it very much, lol. Your friend, —Harley
Response: Thank you for the heart. I would truly love a return letter from you. Being stuck inside, the mailman is my sole opening to the real world, LOL. Have a blessed and safe day--Michelle
kittyfun rated for 5 Partners Pick 3 #10 on Mar 26, 2020
Comment: Sorry so late on rating, but I loved it all. Thank you!
Response: You are very welcome. I appreciate the heart rating. These type of swaps are so fun to see what people send. So happy you liked it all. Take care and keep safe during these times--Michelle
Comment: Thank you for this fun package! I was going to wait until May but I need a pick me up. Everything is great and thanks for the Mother's Day card too. I love being a mom to my Toby.
Response: I am so happy it brightened up your day. Hopefully by May we all can see a light at this dark tunnel. Thank goodness for all the kind people here on swap-bot that keeps our mailboxes smiling. Keep positive and safe---We can overcome this. Best wishes--Michelle Thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: beautiful!!! thank you
Response: You are very welcome. Tis so fun these swaps, dont you agree? Keep positive and carry on with a huge smile-. Thank you for the heart rating--Michelle
Comment: Thanks for the coffee writing paper and washi; they're perfect!
Response: I am so glad you liked it. I kind of hoard writing paper and now it seems there must of been a reason why....Its all I do while under the stay at home request here in Michigan (ours last until April 14), writing letters and such. Best wishes to you and thank you for rating with a heart...Michelle
Comment: Hi Michelle, Before I begin, I want to say "thank you" for the die-cuts and embossed papers. I know I will be making more things and will be able to use some for projects I enjoyed learning about you. l so enjoyed learning a little bit about your husband. Thank you for all your sharing. I feel like I got to know you a little bit by reading your letter Thank You you so much for sharing your lthoughts and ideas. Barb sleepingrover2010
Response: Thank you for rating with a heart. I am happy to know you enjoyed my letter. These days its all I do--write letters since shopping for swaps is out of the question right now (stay at home orders here in Michigan). I am looking forward to the WRITE-ON challenge in April. Will you be doing it? Best wishes for health---MIchelle
Hyshu rated for WIYM: Notecard Swap #7 on Mar 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great notecards, Thank you for the 3 extra! Thank you for joining my Swap!
Response: You are welcome. In these days, we are all writing more than ever since it seems most of the USA is under home restrictions. Hope those extras come in handy. Best wishes for health and happiness--Michelle. thank you for rating with a heart.
Comment: Michelle, Thank you so much for a really nice swap; I love the pink fuzzy socks & the prezzie goes in my Christmas box; thank you!! I didn't think I'd have the will power to not open my stocking stuffers but so far so good!!
Response: It always seems tough in the beginning, but as time goes on, I get more excited but better will power to leave my stocking alone. Best of luck to you! Thank you for the heart rating. See you around in the mailbox. Enjoy the early onset of spring. I so enjoy seeing the robins and hearing them sing lately.
Lisapotterylady rated for TF: Easter Item Swap on Mar 16, 2020
Comment: The bunnies have arrived ~~ double hearts to you! They are so cute! And I like the washi tape too.
Response: Sadly, I cannot shop at thrift stores lately for more Easter items. All non-essential stores must be closed till further notice in both PA and Michigan where I will be. Happy I snatched those bunnies up for you. Thank you for the heart rating. May you enjoy the early days of spring (smell of flowers, birds singing,,,that hasn't stopped).
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and the inserts!
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart rating. Keep thinking positive and we (the world) will get thru this together, stronger. Home bound just makes me write more letters, lol. Hope to see you in future swaps. Have a great day.
Comment: It has been a while hasn't it. I received one back, I don't have a clue anymore how many I have out, but I have sent ones home. These PC's sure are cute, and of course I will continue them on their journey. I love the extra touches you added to this card/envelop, made my day. Sorry for the late rating, my father passed away so I've been out of town.
Response: Again, my condolences. Have kept you all in my prayers. Hope to get one of your p/c's one day! Take care and thank you for rating with a heart.
Comment: Got both envies with notecards! Thanks so much gal!
Response: Thanks for the heart rating. "Traveling" swaps are always enjoyable. I hope yours find their way on soon. Take Care, Michelle
junemoon rated for TF - Something Round on Mar 14, 2020
Comment: You found a lot of round things, and I'm counting the 30+ buttons as one item. The trivet will be perfect for patio meals and the box of little treasures was a delight, especially the jeweled pillboxl.Thanks!!
Response: I am thrilled you liked it all. I really liked that pillbox too. Just dainty and gorgeous. Thanks for the heart rating. Be safe and happy swapping.
Comment: Thank You 😊
Response: You are very welcome. Thank you for the heart. Hope to see you around future swaps. Enjoy the onset of Spring.
Comment: Thank you for the spring envelope and paper and washi tape....I cant wait for it to get warmer. One day is 50 then the next day we have snow and 30 degrees. It is cold and rainy today.
Response: I agree, crazy weather. Thanks for the heart rating. Keep warm until the sun heats you up. Hurry, hurry warm weather!
Sparrowlings rated for Fast Blind Swap 8 on Mar 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcards and note sheets, they were lovely!!
Response: Thank you for rating. And for the heart. Enjoy the onset of Spring.
Jorryn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #181 on Mar 4, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me. And thank you for the note card : )
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for rating with a heart. Enjoy the beginnings of spring.
Jtran0831 rated for Random Act Of Kindness Giveaway on Mar 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you 🤗
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for rating. Have a great start to spring.

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ladydy5 on Jan 19, 2020:

Hope all went well with the house band the move. Best to you and yours this 2020 year

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:

Wild 'n' Wacky Holiday Swaps

Hugs, Pam

TreeAnn629 on Dec 12, 2019:

Thank you so much for the bonus Christmas card and goodie bag. I love it all thank you so much.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Oct 31, 2019:

pattiairel on Feb 16, 2019:

pattiairel on Feb 16, 2019:

Hello! how did your cookies come out?? My daughter Jaime and her daughter Mari made cookies, too! Shes only 4 and quite the baker already♥♥

Stickerz78 on Feb 3, 2019:

You prepare such thoughtful stocking stuffer swaps!! Thanks so much for the 2018 stocking stuffers! 🎄🎁🤶🎅

DRMOM on Jan 23, 2019:

Thank you for lovely letters, BEAUTIFUL note card with purple flower, and goodies :-)

satinification on Jan 15, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! Happy 2019 :) ~ Agnieszka (from AARI forum)

pattiairel on Dec 23, 2018:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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