Swap-bot Time: July 15, 2019 9:28 pm


Date Joined: July 3, 2014
Last Online: July 14, 2019
Birthday: August 17, 1968
Country: United States
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About Me

** Updated June 27, 2019. It looks like we will be moving back to Pennsylvania. Hubby got a job in the DuBois area. Unfortunately, we have several homes that need looked after until they are sold, so I must stay here (Michigan) until then...fingers crossed sometime in 2020 I can join him. Until then, we can travel back and forth. So blessed to be moving closer to family. Downfall, my daughter, age 22, does not want to move with us. I am heartbroken over this but realize all baby birds must leave the nest sometime. Once we move, I will update my address. **

Merry Christmas and may you all have a blessed 2019.

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. A July 2018 wedding being planned.

*** 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. Its very calming to the soul.

*John Denver
*Janis Joplin
These are a must to sing along with while driving

Favorite Television

~~30 degrees in February
~~Married at First Sight
~~Death in Paradise
~~The Good Doctor
~~Big Bang Theory
~~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 Magicians
~~The real housewives of Orange County
~~The Rookie
~~The Listener

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
~~Bath bombs/fizz's
~~Fragrant shower gels (Avon Skin so soft, soft and sensual my favorite)
~~Writing paper
~~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.
Not too keen on Dollar store items, unless swap calls for it.
Tea. I have enough to brew over the year of 2018

Favorite Crafts

~~Making Envelopes. I use old calenders, scrap-booking paper, Stationary and almost anything else I can make into an envelope.

~~Tea bag holders.

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?

~~Pennsylvania farm land

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

~~Just recently I have started to collect oval stickers for my car from different cities and countries
~~Used books on CD, (Audio books)
~~Gift cards to Panera Bread, Chilis, Bath & Body works, Little Caesars, Cracker Barrel, Meijers, Starbucks, Wendys and TJ Maxx.
~~Christmas gift tags
~~New Age music CD's
~~Anything Life is Good
~~Mary Moo figuerines
~~note cards
~~memo pads
~~Anything Mary Engelbreit
~~Anything Suzy Zoo
~~homemade envelopes
~~cotton table place mats (seasonal)
~~tea/kitchen towels(cotton only)
~~bracelets (silver)
~~studs or flat pierced earrings (silver)
~~body wash (Avon, Skin so soft soft & Sensual my new favorite)
~~Lush bath bombs
~~fuzzy socks
~~Toffifee chocolates Can be found at cvs etc. These are my favorite!
~~caramello by Cadbury
~~Anything Folk Art
~~squirrel anything
~~Fairies on anything
~~Small garden flags (all holidays/designs)
~~face masks
~~Sticker sheets of nice quality
~~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.


Comment: Thanks for passing the postcards on; Will be happy to send in the next round. Thanks for the extra PCs, too. I’ve only received one pc back from this swap. Regret hearing that you’ve had one floating for so many years! That’s a bummer.
Comment: Thank you for the Detroit at night card. Have only been there during the day.
Response: You are very welcome. Its actually difficult to find Detroit postcards unless you buy them on-line (which I do not). So I am happy you liked what I found. Thank you for rating with a heart. May you have a great day.
Comment: Hi Michelle! Thanks for the lovely card! You are so right about the adjustment needed from Wi to S.D. I much prefer Wi, and thankfully we won’t be here much longer than this fall/winter. There are cool things to do here, but it’s so isolated. Not loving it.
Response: Being isolated is why I started Swap-bot in the first place. So I hope your mailbox is FULL. Makes the days feel better. Thank you for rating.
kfaye rated for Hello, Summer on Jul 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you :)
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for the heart rating. These thrift store finds are my favorite of all.
Response: Thank you for rating. Have a great day.
Comment: Thank you for the birthday card & other things that you sent=)
Response: You are welcome about the birthday card. From my experience, rarely does one get a card with swaps but birthdays are a great thing to celebrate. I hope you liked all the items I sent along as well. Thank you for rating. Enjoy your summer.
notme78 rated for QUICK 4 Postcards Swap #4 on Jul 4, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards. How fun that you also do geocaching, have you found many? I reached my goal in May, which was to get 1000 finds. Though haven`t made any new goals for geocaching yet.
Response: I usually go geocaching with my brother. He is a fanatic about it. It is very enjoyable to us both. I hope to do some this coming August while on vacation. 1000 finds is awesome! Enjoy your summer. Thank you for rating with a heart
Hyshu rated for WIYM: Blank Notecard Swap #4 on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the 7 notecards. They were all beautifull. Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: You are welcome. Thanks for the heart rating. I always aim to please, taking each swap personally to do so. Enjoy your 4th of July!
MsBellaDonna rated for Christmas in July: Card Swap on Jun 30, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the adorable polar bear card, I love it! I appreciate all the extra goodies too :) This was a fun swap and I think it's good to keep a little bit of Christmas in our hearts all the year through!
Response: I agree :-) Thank you for the heart rating. Always feels good to know I pleased another person. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.
Margothecat rated for Christmas in July: Card Swap on Jun 28, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the cute kitty card and all the fun extras! It is so hard to find Christmas cards with cats on them here! You made my day!
Response: I am to please (LOL)! So happy I did so. Thanks for giving a heart rating. Looking forward to future swaps with you. Enjoy your 4th of July (time sure is flying).
Comment: Thank you very much for many postcards and some postcards can put in my collection.
Response: I am so glad you liked them. Tried to send your interests on your profile. Thank you for the heart rating. I hope you have a great month of July. Happy Post-crossing and swapping.
Response: Thank you for rating. I hope when you open it in December you are pleased. Have a great summer.
Comment: Michelle! Thank you so much for the wonderful swap, I love it so much especially your note. What a coincidence bc I just discovered 'Weird Secondhand Finds that Just Need to be Shared' FB group a few days ago! It's amazing and oh so funny! I also love Dead To Me and Working Moms. We have similar taste! It was a pleasure getting to know you through the mail. Thank you again! I appreciate the thoughtfulness in everything.
Response: You are very welcome. So nice to meet a "quirky" person like myself. May you find happiness and excitement this summer. Maybe I shall see you in my mailbox, or me in yours again. Thank you for rating with a heart.
Comment: Thank you for your lovely cat card!! 😊
Response: Poor kitty had a long travel to see you. Hope to see you in future swaps. Thanks for the heart rating. Enjoy your summer.
shtrqueen rated for SH: Small Stocking Stuffer #3 on Jun 19, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much. I'll be saving this for the holidays. Have a wonderful day. Happy Swapping!
Response: You're welcome. Saving them makes the excitement last! Thanks for rating with a heart. Happy Swapping!
LadyJo rated for TF - Flat on Jun 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for an awesome swap! I love the farm garland and the notecard was right down my alley! It was funny how your flat was bought locally! It traveled some miles LOL! I enjoyed hearing the latest!
Response: You are very welcome. Thank-you for your heart rating. Traking down great nic-naks and swap in local thrift stores seems to be what I do best... lol. Enjoy your summer. Hope to see you!
pattiairel rated for SMSUSA: Nesting Notecards! on Jun 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the cute note cards. I love them!!♥♥♥ So glad you are my partner so often!!♥♥
Response: Always my pleasure. I still keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank-you for your kind heart rating. May each day unfold something new to enjoy.
Comment: Oh boy! Thanks for the gift(s)! Safely tucked away until Christmas. Thanks for the summer napkins too!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for your heart rating. Can you believe tomorrow is the 1st day of summer? Time is flying by. Enjoy!
Hyshu rated for Blank Notecard Swap #3 USA Only on Jun 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of cards. Thank you for the bonus ones! Thank you for joining my swap!
Response: I had fun gathering it together. Happy you liked it all. I hope to join future swaps you host....Thanks for the heart rating---much appreciated.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great selection of notecards and the extra's!
Response: You are welcome. One can never have enough note cards I say. Thank you for rating with a heart. Have a great day...

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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!

cajiky on Dec 23, 2018:

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Happy New Year 2019!!!

brookeasaur on Dec 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for the unexpected Christmas Card and sticker gift today! ♥ I hadn't swapped recently and it came as such a nice surprise :) Hope you have a great week and Merry Christmas!

manme on Dec 14, 2018:

Thank you so much for your lovely Christmas card! (Angels and Raks international group forum) ❤️

bluesky on Dec 5, 2018:

Thank you so much for the beautiful pillow cases, socks, catnip jars, notecards .. from the Stocking/Totebag Stuffer swaps! Love everything you sent. Happy HOlidays!

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