Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2018 9:34 am


Date Joined: September 15, 2017
Last Online: April 19, 2018

Country: United States
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About Me

I am a retired teacher, now working as a part-time youth services librarian in the local public library. I love it! I love to read - Adult murder mysteries and YA/Teen novels, especially. I'm not a lover of nonfiction. More about my reading life below.

I am an avid letterboxer.

I am a quilter. I love to make scrap quilts. I'm currently working on an English paper pieced grandmother's flower garden and I'm almost done! Also love crazy quilting. I gather 2.5-inch squares of fabric wherever I can. I love, collect, and make pincushions.

I also knit, crochet, mosaic, alter books, create ATCs and LTCs...I love to have my hands busy. I keep a blog of all my book and movie reviews.

I belong to Postcrossing and love to exchange and receive postcards.

I collect playing cards! I especially love the Queen of Diamonds and Jokers, but any and all with interesting pictures on the back (or front!) will make me happy!

I'm a mom of two, grandmother of four.

I lived, raised my family, and taught fifth grade on the coast of Maine for 30 years (my son and his family still live there), then LOVED the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona for the next fourteen years. I am now adjusting to the gorgeous green rolling farmlands of the Pennsylvania countryside (where I now live, 20-minutes away from my daughter and her family). LIFE IS GOOD.

Some of the motifs and themes that I enjoy:

Day of the Dead

Cemeteries, gravestones and the like (I love history and primary sources!)


Artwork that includes books and/or reading (not so much photos, but if unique and quirky I love 'em)

anything with old ladies (there are some great Finnish, Russian, and American artists that have so much fun with old ladies!)

penguins are pretty cool...

and jackalopes are pretty cool, too.

the artwork of Keith Haring and Wassily Kandinsky

National Parks

cool doors and windows and unique/quirky houses

maps of countries and states

Turkey (the country), Iceland, Sweden, England, Africa, Mexico

SMALL STUFF: gel pens, cool pens and markers, black markers for zentangling, Stickles/glitter glue, postage stamps (of course!), stamp pads, "pink stuff" (Speedball carving block), embossing powder, Fiskars triple track blades, baby wipes, stencils for backgrounds, watercolor paper postcards, anything Day of the Dead, handmade boxes and bowls, dice (I have a dice collection), playing cards,

I'm not so fond of (sorry!):

(no) anything religious (please no Bible verses)

(no) "cute" - like kittens or puppies

(no) anime

(no) random scrapbooking or ATC embellishments - I really don't need 'em or use them.

I only drink Diet Coke and water, nothing hot, no tea or coffee,

I'll keep thinking and add to this as unexpected thoughts come into my brain. I LOVE it when this happens!!!

Favorite Books

I've joined a book swap recently, so thought I'd share my thoughts about reading.

I love mysteries - - police and PI procedurals, especially, for some reason. All over the world, not just in the US. The cozies just haven't been...well....intense enough for me. I listen to a lot of them, and read just as many. I've read the beginning of many series, and am picking away at many since I like to read them in order. However, I don't like to read about the same protagonist one story after another. Picky? Probably. I love Linda Castillo's Kate Burkholder, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers, Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Robert Crais' Elvis Cole, Robert Galbraith's Comoran Strike, and Angela Marson's Kim Stone to name a very few. I LOVED to find new series1

I also read a lot of young adult. I'm not so crazy about the CRF romances, but I love the out-or-the-ordinary CRF and especially YA Dystopian novels. I've read a few of the series out there - love some and don't love some, but I'm willing to try.

I also read middle grade novels. I've been a 4th/5th grade teacher forever and am now a youth services librarian assistant, so I love all the newer stuff...I've read a good deal of the older stuff.

Just can't get into nonfiction. I've tried. I have read a memoir once in awhile, and most have kept me interested unless they're poorly written. Guess I'm a snob in that way.

I do enjoy nonfiction books about quilting, including essays and short stories....

I started a blog in 2008 to keep track of my reading. I don't publicize it, it's only for my own reference and memory. I've put the website above in case anyone is interested in checking out what I've read in the last ten years.


Angie rated for Collaboration #53 on Apr 20, 2018
Comment: Hello! Yes, nice to meet you too. Thank you for the lovely postcard - it really is pretty. Thanks too for the zine! I haven't read most of your recommendations except Alice Munro short stories which I do like. I haven't read that particular one though. Thanks for the whole fun envelope! XOXO
dustcollector rated for Random PC International #4 on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Thank you. Sandhills cranes are my favorite local bird. They are similar to the Whooping Cranes. I love the card!
ittybittykitty rated for Altered Book Page #2 on Apr 17, 2018
Comment: Oh this page is sooo beautiful! Thank you! I really truly love it. And it’s inspiring me to make more pages, so it’s perfect that you also sent a “starter”!! Thanks again :)
joybookpages rated for SHARED JOURNAL SWAP #13 on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Wow Chris! I love the journal prompt you left for me, it will be fun to ponder over and then write about it. Thanks for the zines I enjoyed reading your book reviews and love the idea of using a zine for that.
GoCindy rated for Collab Coloring #37 on Apr 16, 2018
Comment: Hello- Thank you for the beautiful package. I love everything, and want to run out and find some of those book suggestions!
StagKing rated for LOL! Funny Postcard Mania on Apr 15, 2018
Comment: I LOVED the postcard, you guessed correct! Also, I’m loving the Cambridge/Harvard area so far, such a cool place! :)
wolfeagle rated for Pass and Paste #46 on Apr 15, 2018
Comment: I love the start of this card. Thank you.
Comment: Thank you for the reading zine, too
nytetears rated for Random PC International #4 on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: thank you for the most amazing card. I really like it. I am not sure why but I just adore Amish cards
Comment: Thank you. These countries are not poor;)
Response: Hmmmm, I'm not sure what your comment means, please enlighten me, lol! :)
Kathy821 rated for Collab Coloring PC #35 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for sending it home. It's the first one that I've ever had returned. It's beautiful! Thanks so much for the new one and extra card. I'll get right on it!
MeghanMac rated for Collab Coloring #36 on Apr 10, 2018
Comment: Loved the 'zine. I know the feeling. I had to buy new postcards because I kept getting ones to be finished.
Comment: Thank you so much for the card! I LOVE it!! Very jealous that Maggie Stiefvater is coming to your library, very cool! I hope to meet her one day! Thanks again! Happy Reading! :)
wolfeagle rated for Pass and Paste #45 on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Lovely start. Thank you. And I found your zine interesting. I love a strong female protagonist so I'm keeping your list for future reference. ;D
Comment: Thank you!
squince rated for Two Good movies postcard swap #1 on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks!
Prpldy rated for Collab Coloring PC #34 on Apr 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the extra Special!
Comment: What a beautiful card, thank you! I will have to figure out what to Zentangle on it :) And I love the cow postcard, thanks so much!
shellbede rated for ZZ ~ Twinchie postcard Round 5 on Apr 3, 2018
Comment: If I could give 2 hearts I would! I loved the envelope and the mini-zine is so cool. Thank you, with 2 hearts. :)

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wolfeagle on Apr 9, 2018:

Thank you for working on my Collaboration postcard. It was started in March 2017 and just found its way back home. Your raised "dot"s and silver edge is a great addition.

skier11 on Mar 28, 2018:

I'm sorry to be so late in posting this, but thank you for sending my postcard back! I loved the little poem you wrote on the back! Thank you!

mandigutterrose on Mar 20, 2018:

Thank you for sending my election PC back. I respect your honesty.


ContraryHousewife on Mar 20, 2018:

saarva on Feb 2, 2018:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending my Alice card back and for adding that lovely quote, you're right: it IS perfect for the card! A pity I can not rate you for this one. But I wanted to give you a heart anyway, so here it is: ❤💜💛

LoveThis on Jan 12, 2018:

i received my card back, thankyou very much :)

HolgaLove on Jan 2, 2018:

Thank you for my postcard back! You have impeccable writing! It is nice to hear you had a personal connection with the San Francisco card. :) Sounds like you live in an amazing place! I'd love to visit Amish Country some time in my life.

liljennyfoofoo on Dec 14, 2017:

Hello 😊 Just wondering if you were planning on hosting another napkins to decoupage swap in 2018, it was such a clever and fun idea! I'd be first in line to sign up lol! Wishing you all the best and happy holidays!

LoveThis on Dec 4, 2017:

i received my card today, thankyou very very much :)

KSENiA on Dec 2, 2017:

Thank you for sending my postcard back to me :)

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