Swap-bot Time: November 20, 2017 3:42 am


Date Joined: August 28, 2017
Last Online: November 19, 2017
Birthday: July 8, 1973
Country: United States

About Me

Me: I'm in my mid-40's. I'm happily single and live alone. Recently graduated from nursing school and now work as an RN. I was mom to a wonderful kitty cat for 16 years but she died this past summer (July 2017). I'm still really sad about it so I'm sorry in advance if I write you and talk about it. I try hard to not be a downer.

Now that I'm done with school, I have more time for fun stuff. My main hobbies are pen palling, reading, and writing in my journal. I've been pen palling for over 15 years and write to ladies all over the world. Love to read and pre-college was averaging between 65 and 70 books per year.

I am interested in a great many subjects and activities. I find that my hobbies and interests tend to change from year to year as I discover new things, and rediscover old ones. See my Likes/Dislikes section for specifics.

My Swaps: I try my best to send something you will like based on your profile and what I have in my stash. I'm not perfect. If you don't think I lived up to my end of the bargain based on the rules of our swap, please message me and I'll try to make it right. If you don't get any package at all, again, please message me and I will be happy to resend. Thank You!

When You E-Mail Me: Please put Swap-bot in the subject line of any emails sent to me. This will ensure that my filter captures the email and puts it in the correct folder. Otherwise, it may end up in Spam. Thank You!


I enjoy making and swapping these, however I AM A LOW VOLUME SWAPPER. Please DO NOT SEND EXTRA unless you have contacted me and I have told you I can take more than the swap requirement. I do not want piles of these sitting here for months. It is rude and unfair to the owners of the books/sheets. I do not mind Homers at all. It is OK to send me more than one in a swap. However, I consider Homers to count in the required swap total. If the requirement is 3, don't send me 3 plus a Homer.

I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm being picky, but I have had a serious issue with oversends since I started to do Friendship books again. If this continues, I will stop participating in them.

Favorite Books

I read a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction. Anything that catches my eye, really. Some books I especially like:

  • Jane Austen's works (Am I the only one who reads these as comedies instead of straight romances?)
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Katie MacAlister's paranormal romances (so funny!)
  • Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (Go Team Ranger! ha ha)
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Trilogy" by Douglas Adams (42!)

Favorite TV/Movies

I love horror (not unseemly gore), post-apocalyptic, mystery/suspense, an occasional action/thriller, comedies and comedy hybrids (i.e. comedy/drama, comedy/romance, etc.). Some of my favorites, both current and past:

  • American Horror Story (All Seasons, but Murder House, Coven, and Hotel are my faves so far. Cult is looking awesome!)
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Lost (I will forgive the writers for the ending since the rest of the show rocked it hard.)
  • The X-Files
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Exorcist
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Food and Beverages

I love tea!


  • Any brand is good but my favorite is Republic of Tea.

  • My favorite types of flavors (but I'm always happy to try something new):

    • Earl Grey blends (or variations)
    • Orange-Cranberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry blends
    • Yerba Mate (especially Chocolate Yerba Mate blends)
    • Green Tea Blends
    • Flower based teas (I love rose. Would love to try a good dandelion.)


  • Rooibos and rooibos blends tend to give me some digestional issues. I would appreciate avoidance of sending me this type of tea.

  • I am Allergic to Coffee!! (That's coffee, NOT caffeine. I can drink caffeine just fine.) Please do not send me any food or beverage item which contains coffee!


I'm probably the only person who doesn't collect anything. Yeah, I'm weird. lol But here are general lists of things I like and don't like, in no particular order.


  • Stuff I can always use:
    • Stationery: Writing Paper, Letter Sets, and Note Cards
    • Deco/Washi Tape, Stickers
    • Sticky Notes of all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Fall is my favorite season
  • My favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Halloween
  • My favorite color palettes are purples, reds, greens, and black
  • Learning New Things
  • Creative Writing and Journaling
  • Honest and Respectful Exchanges of Ideas
  • Long Conversational Letters (as opposed to "hey, this happened to me, I'm done" Did you even read my last letter?)
  • Refrigerator Magnets
  • Healthy Eating and Cooking (Recipes welcome)
  • Tea (see food and beverage section for likes/dislikes)
  • Recycling things Before they go to the Recycle Center/Trash Heap
  • Yoga and Long Walks (I want to take up hiking at some point)
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Art (some favorites: Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Japanese)
  • Geisha and the Traditional Japanese Living/Performance Arts They Preserve
  • Origami (Instruction sheets always welcome)
  • Spooky Stuff of a Gothic, Supernatural, Dark, and Scary Nature (love Sugar Skulls)
  • Cats (See my intro for how much I love kitties.)
  • Monkeys (think sock monkeys or the see/hear/speak no evil variety)
  • Characters I like: Diddl Maus (especially Galupy), French Kitty, Emily the Strange, Red Tango characters, MataZone characters (Love, love, love Little Goth Girl


  • Coffee, and items that feature coffee. (I'm allergic, see Food and Beverages section)

  • Sports anything. I don't play or watch any sport.

  • For now, Please avoid sending me anything with hearts on it or romantic/Valentine's theme. I have somehow ended up with a plethora of heart infested stickers and stationary items despite my abhorrence of Valentine's Day. When I manage to destash on these I'll remove this bullet.

  • I don't collect or trade Postcards, Stamps, or any type of Art Cards. Please don't send them to me.

  • I DO NOT CRAFT. Please do not send me crafting supplies. I'm on Swap-Bot to trade mostly paper, flat items to enhance my pen pal hobby. Anything flat and decorative is ok. I have no use for anything else and no one to pass it on to.

  • Religious themed mail or items. I'm an Atheist. I believe everyone has the right to believe in whatever rocks their world. I would never try to convince you that your belief system is wrong. Please don't try to convert me, convince me that empirical based science is wrong, or imply that I don't have moral or ethical beliefs because I don't belong to your brand of belief system. Thank You.

A Quote to Think About

Change in ourselves and in the world in which we live may not take place in a hurry: it will take time. But if we don't make an effort nothing will happen at all. Change will not take place because of decisions taken by governments or the UN. Real change will take place when individuals transform themselves guided by the values that lie at the core of all human ethical systems, scientific findings, and common sense.

                       **The Dalai Lama**


Mimosagirl rated for Tea Advent Calendar #1 on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: lovely wrappings! I'm excited to try out the teas you sent. Happy Swapping Holidays!! Thank you, Judy
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and message! I completely love the notepaper and paper leaf. Will definitely use them all!
Comment: Thanks for the great swap. Happy Halloween!
suepier rated for Margo's Christmas Cards in November on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and the papers and snowflake. Have a happy holiday.
Comment: Hi Janine, Thanks for the tea. We were in Ukraine as missionaries. Now adapting to life in America for one year already.
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thanks so much for the card and note. I know too well the stress of sleep issues. Glad to hear yours got worked out and blessings on such a good year!
bstrong rated for Christmas Cards #1 on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: Received your Christmas card, thank you very much. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the Christmas cards look like when I put them all out.
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card and your list of things you are thankful for! I'm happy for you that you not only finished your education but was able to get the job you really wanted. What a blessing! Hugs, Diane
kayladani21 rated for Washi Rainbow! - Green on Nov 16, 2017
MarHelene rated for Christmas cards on Nov 16, 2017
Comment: I loved the swap! Cute stuff!
Comment: You've had quite the year. Congratulations on becoming a RN. Sorry for lose of cat. Thank you for the card.
Comment: Thanks Janine...that is a beautiful card! And yes, I'm sure we'll be sending each other quite a few Christmas cards in the next month or so! :)
Comment: Thank you for the nice card. Looks like you have a lot to be thankful for! Happy Holidays!
TheGreenApple rated for I'm Thankful for... on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the card, the list and the items! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving too! :)
Comment: thank you
Fabriqueen rated for Happy mail fun #4 on Nov 12, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the "Happy Mail". I love all the papers and the sticker sheets. Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
tristitia rated for Just Randomness on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the lovely papers - there are so many nice textures in there!
rivermaiden rated for Happy mail fun #4 on Nov 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the labels, stationery, and stencils! Love them!
Comment: Hi Janine! Thanks for another beautiful card. I hope that you don't have to work on Thanksgiving!

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LMeowkin on Nov 9, 2017:

Thank you SO much for the nice thank you note for the RAK and also for the French Kitty letter set! I love it! Soooooo cute! You made my day!

Lyndall on Oct 30, 2017:

Hello! Thank you so much for the lovely fold-a-notes for the Global Swap Tag - they're so great! xo

Changeling on Oct 17, 2017:

I am loving my Halloween loot bag from the Loot Bag Tag. Thanks so much for all the fun things!!!

simcoe54 on Oct 16, 2017:

Pen Pal Supply Swap - Pick 2 International - Thanks for the envies and postcards. I can never have enough envelopes and the postcards are perfect for my collection.

WaywardDreamer3 on Oct 5, 2017:

I recieved the "random flat envelope pif" - so many lovely papery goodies - - and the added fox and clover, adorable - - thank you so much !

jaimierandolph on Oct 3, 2017:

Profile Check for: Washi tape swap #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy the swap and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!!!!

jaimierandolph on Oct 1, 2017:

Profile Check for: Notecard exchange #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you will enjoy it and join more of the ones to come! Happy swapping, jaimierandolph

p.s. Welcome to swap bot! I am sure that you are going to love it here!

Paige1900 on Sep 27, 2017:

Just stumbling upon your profile. I agree AMS - The Cult is looking fantastic so far! And actually Murder House, Asylum & Freak Show are my favorite. (Roanoke was horrible!)

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