Swap-bot Time: May 8, 2021 2:33 pm


Date Joined: April 20, 2011
Last Online: May 8, 2021
Birthday: September 18
Country: United States

About Me

Nov. 2020: I'm back on Swap-Bot after several years off. Not much of anything below has changed!

I'm a writer and editor and barely use a cell phone. I love reading, drinking tea, listening to music, knitting, walking by the ocean, and puttering in my vegetable garden or gazing at my houseplants.

I also love travelling -- so far, I've been to England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, and China (twice!). Not much travelling in the US, though: New England (where I've lived for most of my life), New York, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, California, and Las Vegas. Hubby and I have a tuxedo rescue kitty named Jasper, no kids.

Apparently "rhino" has a political meaning, but that is not why it's my user name -- I just mean the animal. I really like rhinos, but I love badgers!

Oh yeah, and I think puns are awesome.

Favorite Books

I mostly read mysteries (cosy or noir), chick lit, or nonfiction (travel, nature, science, memoir), although lately I've been reading a lot of romances. Not a fan of "women's fiction" or weepies. Some authors I love are Naomi Novik, Jennifer Cruise, Mindy Klasky, Gregory Maguire, P.G. Wodehouse, Jasper Fforde, Tim Moore, Ian Rankin, Dorothy Sayers, Ellis Peters, Gerald Durrell, and Terry Tempest Williams. I read a lot and can easily read a book in a day. The public library is my friend.

Some of my favorite poets are David Harsent, Li-Young Lee, Kim Addonizio, Michael Donaghy, Louise Gluck, and Sheenagh Pugh. I usually name my cats after poets. Kitty Jasper is named after Jasper Fforde.

Favorite Crafts

I'm a writer, not an artist, but I've started to try ATCs, art journals, and zines.They're really fun!

I do yoga and take ballet class over Zoom. I love modern dance, and the Mark Morris Dance Group is my favorite dance company.

I play bass (guitar), a teeny bit of lap dulcimer, and I'm slowly teaching myself to play Renaissance music on the mandolin.

I used to knit a lot, but now I just have a lot of yarn, hah.

Favorite Music

I listen to music every single day. Right now, lots of jazz, world music, and top 40, but also David Bowie, Living Colour, Honey Honey, and Bad Joanie.

Favorite Food

I like everything, and love trying new flavors. However, my husband is allergic to peanuts and also has celiac disease, so if you send me any recipes, please make sure they don't include wheat flour or peanuts.


I prefer my postcards written on and stamped. I like tourist postcards, scenery, animals, famous authors or musicians, all types of art images (especially tilework and Islamic art). Cutsey is not usually my thing, although one of the things I like about Swap-bot is seeing what different people like to send, so if that's what you're longing to send, go for it! No crude, violent, or sexual images, though.


sleepingrover2010 rated for Color an Animal Swap on May 4, 2021
Comment: Hi Janet, Thank you so much for the swap you completed and then sent to me. The item(s) you sent me for the swap is/are GREAT!. I really enjoy receiving new items that I can use in future swaps or some other creative project(s) OR Add your project to one of My Collections. I love the picture of the birdhouses and bids you did for this swap. You did a beautiful job! I apologize for taking extra time in getting your rating done for this swap. I very much appreciate your completion of this swap and getting it off to me in a timely manner. Colorado is still having problems with the mail. Mail going in and out of Colorado is continuing to be an issue. So, until this issue is resolved, please Be Patient! Thank you for the stickers you sent along as extras. Your Swap-bot Partner, Barbara B. sleepingrover2010
Comment: Thankyou for the wonderful pc:)))
Comment: Thank you for my first postcard!
mejulia rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #243 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your great weekend with me.
riftvegan rated for Book Im reading 5 international on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Oh fun... looks like I get to send the traveling postcard home to Russia!! Thanks for sending mine home as well! And yes... I recently read Erosion by TTW. Did you like it? It seemed kind of... random to me, tho lovely writing.
Response: I'm not familiar with Erosion -- she puts out books faster than I can keep up! Next in line for me is When Women Were Birds.
lsmahutchin rated for Bunny ATC (HD/HP) on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: It made it! Thanks for the extra effort getting your great ATC to me!!!! ❀️
Response: I'm so relieved it's finally there!!!
Lward643 rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #6 (Orange) on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your lovely ATC!
Itchy rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #5 (Blue) on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you, the ATC are lovely! :)
Fullsteampowell rated for Found Image ATC - USA on Apr 16, 2021
Comment: Looks like the intersection in front of City Lights Books in San Francisco, only without all the hanging books.
Rockmask rated for Found Image ATC - INTL on Apr 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the ATC! I love simplicity of the image πŸ–€
Comment: I did enjoy the view! Thank you so much!
Ashims rated for 🌊 Landscape ATC #4 πŸŒ™ on Apr 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the atc πŸ’–
bethe rated for Catbook USA #3 on Apr 5, 2021
Comment: I love your cute little cat book. Mr. Stretchykins is so cute and clever. I also give my cats many names. I love the CatAdventures zine with the cute little drawings too. Thank you!
Response: My pleasure! :-)
Comment: I got your letter! I think this was a fun swap! I’ll reply soon! 😊
Response: Yay, what a relief!
Comment: Thank you so much!! Take Care always!
Comment: thanks for signing up. ill pass it on. thanks for the extras
Comment: I would love to travel to Paris some day. Thank you!
Loosefolia rated for Haiku Challenge on Mar 25, 2021
Comment: I've received your postcard! I'll be sending it back to you soon <3
Response: Glad it got there this time! I'm really looking forward to your haiku :-) 4/26: It arrived! I love it. Thank you so much!
Comment: Thanks! I'm planning a trip to Phoenix in the fall!
Piccolo rated for COLOR Me Happy ATC #4 (Yellow) on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks. Nice use of yellow. ;)

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Drachenfrau on Mar 17, 2021:

I'm in love with your beautiful Haiku on the frog-postcard! Thank you so much!!! ❀️

sammieianime on Aug 2, 2014:

Im glad you enjoyed the Mark Twain Quotes :D I was watching an old award show for Ellen and it was the Mark Twain Prize (some award). I thought Mark Twain had some neat quotes. I have done John Wayne, Dr. Suess and now Mark Twain....who will be next lol. Only the Sammie knows lol. Im sorry your partner flaked. However, I am glad I got to send you some quotes :D hehe. Hugs :D

arianneroxa on May 3, 2014:

Awh! I'm so glad that you liked the postcard that I sent, and I'm even happier to see that you'll be in a few of my upcoming swaps. :) Thanks so much for being such a great swapper. xo Arianne

FrancescaP on Jan 29, 2014:

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the fantastic teas, I received them yesterday and you truly made my day! It's the first time I see my name on the packages, it's such a sweet idea... I'm humbled by your generosity, thanks a million!!!

Havfrue on Oct 5, 2013:

Thank you so much for the Harrier Beecher Stowe postcard that you sent me. I am so happy!!!

lorettadog on Sep 18, 2013:

Thank you for participating in my very first swap! :o)

Sandy :o)

tingtinga2602 on Sep 18, 2013:

Happy birthday and may your wishes come true. :D

carmen on Jul 29, 2012:

Thanks for joining the Lapsang swap!

carmen on Jul 14, 2012:

Oooh, I like your music picks.

ZenPanda on Sep 20, 2011:

Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I appreciate you sending it! If you ever want another Montana card just ask! :-D

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