Swap-bot Time: October 30, 2020 12:44 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2014
Last Online: October 29, 2020
Birthday: August 17, 1968
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated October 21, 2020. End of August it was confirmed I have Lyme disease. It surely threw me for a loop. "Extreme exhaustion", mind confusion, thyroid was wacky (no thermostat to control my temperature), lack of muscle usage. But after being on antibiotics and doing some exercise, I am on the mend. I still get tired so easily, but thankful where I work, she understands and lets me go at my own pace. I feel normalcy may be right around the corner for me....fingers crossed by Christmas.

Last updated May 9, 2020.....If you had used my Michigan address to mail me a swap, my daughter will notify me and I can at least rate you. Then when I return, I can open it fully.
If you are using my PA address, I will rate once received.

May 4, 2020. I updated my mailing address to be our home in Pennsylvania. I will still be getting mail @ our Michigan home so no worries if you sent it there.

April 29th is our new home closing, in Pa. We cant believe this dream is finally coming true.

Updated March 28, 2020. While my 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.

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. Looks like 2020 will be quite an adventure for us. New job, moving back to Pennsylvania, new home etc. Blank slate and ready to fill it up.

2019 is passing so quickly. Fall is here and brought along pleasing cooler weather.

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.

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

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
~~Locke & Key

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: cute card, thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and recipe. I really missed you and all of my other swap friends so I'm happy to be back on Swap-bot. :) I'm glad your son tested negative, it's a scary time. I'll have to try the recipe out for the holidays! Thank you! Take care!
Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Response: All is well, thanks for caring. Thank you for the heart rating. Peace be with you.
Comment: Thank you for the bear postcard. I love writing letters as well. It makes me happy when I get mail.
Response: We are two of a kind then. Thanks for the heart rating.
CraftyShana76 rated for Jam-packed Mailbox 1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Never been to the Atlantic. TYVM for sharing!
Response: Perhaps someday? I have realized during this Pandemic that I really should visit more of America to explore. Best wishes for health and happiness. Thanks for the heart rating.
howdyholly rated for Quick 3x3 #1 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: such cute notecards! Thank you!
Response: Happy to know you liked the assortment. Thank you for the heart rating.
PooKwin73 rated for Make Me Happy With Happy Mail #36 on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful package of goodies!! There was such an assortment of stuff .. I loved looking through everything! The cards, ephemera, note papers .. it was all perfect. And we just got our first winter storm here this week (quite early for us, really!), so I'm planning to curl up with the cake and tea when I get home from work tonight :) Thank you again!!!
Response: I saw that winter storm you are talking about. So odd how when it was storming there, we, in northern PA, had 70 degree weather. Our 1st snow should reach us by end of the weekend, but only an inch or two. Keep warm and thank you for the heart rating.
Comment: Yes second time I’ve received the same notecard, thanks for including the extras
Response: Who knows, maybe I will get it next round again. Take it easy, keep smiling. Thanks for the heart rating.
Comment: thanks for the note and recipe!! I am so glad your son's covid test came back negative and you have so much to be thankful for! I think we all do, sometimes it's just hard to see it :) love your optimism!
Response: I am extremely grateful for breathing each day. The beauty around us should be seen, even when the mind cant. Thanks for the heart rating. Keep safe, keep smiling and looking towards a half filled glass.
Snaileditcrafts rated for Quick 3x3 #1 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Michelle, Thank you so much for the wonderful swap! You obviously read my profile because I LOVE the lime green note card, the snail mail card, and all of them! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather. Here in Utah we woke up to snow, and it was 25 degrees. We don't get to enjoy much of a Fall! Have a wonderful Season! Thanks again!
Response: All our leaves have fallen and we are expecting snow by end of this weekend. As long as I am home in front of my fireplace, I am a happy gal. Stay warm, enjoy the beauty of our land. Thank you for rating with a heart.
Comment: I love my postcard!!! Thank you
Response: Have a wonderful Christmas Season. Thank you for the heart rating.
sleepykitty rated for Blind Surprise #2 on Oct 26, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the fun envelope of surprises! I especially like the fall leaves cut-outs and the recipe card. :)
Response: Thanks for rating with a heart. Happy to hear you liked it. These swap types are so fun.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap and birthday card.
Response: You are welcome. Have a great day and thanks for rating with a heart.
Response: Thank you for rating with a heart. Enjoy your Christmas to the fullest.
Comment: Thank you so much for your card, and a very Merry Early Christmas to you!
Response: Thank you for the heart rating. May your Christmas be filled with joy.
Comment: Thanks for the unicorn sticky notes. The trees are beautiful this fall.
Response: Its like a painting out there in mother nature. Thanks for the heart rating.
crochetjunkie rated for Blind Surprise #2 on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Your welcome. Enjoy this fun upcoming Halloween. Thanks for the heart rating.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! Happy fall!
Response: May you enjoy the richness of this wonderful Autumn Season. Thank you for rating with a heart.
Comment: Thanks!
Response: May you enjoy this holiday season. Thank you for rating.
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas postcard. Hope you are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season.
Response: Indeed I am. Thanks for the rating. Only 63 days till Christmas.

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JuneRosebud on Sep 21, 2020:

Hi Michelle! Thanks so much for the cool beach pc from your beach vacation!! Hope you had a great time!!

ayahsantos on Aug 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra postcard from PC Roulette July 2020! Take Care always!!

kristid1970 on Aug 17, 2020:

Happy Birthday 🎂!!

thisismeAXiD on Aug 2, 2020:

Happy birthday

pattiairel on Jul 26, 2020:

Thanks for your kind words you left on my page. I also am happy to swap with you for so many years!! You are as true friend across the miles!!!♥♥

KarenFife on Jul 24, 2020:

Thank you for choosing me as your Unassigned Partner in the Postcard Roulette Swap! It's so fun to get surprise mail. I love the cute marimekko patterned postcards too!

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:

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