Date Joined: February 27, 2010
Last Online: March 22, 2018
Birthday: July 6
Country: United States
Enjoy lots of things from crochet, sewing, and embroidery, to stained glass, making matchboxes, assemblage, art journals, and upcycling junk. Was really into jewelry-making and swapping until, finally, my first two grands arrived and I get to spend part of every day with them. I only had sons, so am thoroughly enjoying these two little ladies! Love vintage: embroidery, ribbons, laces, paper ephemera, rusty farm equipment, photos, tiny porcelain dolls (or parts of them!), millinery flowers and netting, birds, birds, birds, did I mention birds? My cottage garden is on the way out--we are water rationed here and must pay fines for any overage ($200 per billing cycle!). So out came the "garden" and it's being replaced with lots of river rocks, gravel, and drought-tolerant natives.
Love many types of music from classical to big band to rock to new age. Enjoy Enya, Pink Martini, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Glen Hansard, Koop, Nouvelle Vague, Chinese and Andes flute, and Botelli, Buble, Dino, Sinatra, Connick Jr. etc. And still love listening to my favorite Ray Lynch.
Love reading novels about life in other countries/different cultures: Jhumpa Lahiri, Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, Lisa See, Khaled Hosseini. My favorite of these being Tsukiyama's "The Samurai's Garden." Love Fannie Flagg, Dan Brown, and science fiction from the oldies but goodies (Bradbury, Asimov) to the current, especially Greg Bear and Alan Dean Foster. Very much enjoy Alexander McCall Smith and highly recommend his #1 Ladies Detective series for pure, relaxing enjoyment and I always learn something interesting or about human nature.
Enjoy just about anything from the 30s to 60s in just about any genre except Westerns or animation. Always look forward to a good sci-fi flick. Will watch any film these actors are in: Ginger Rogers, Kate Hepburn, Norma Shearer, Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Jimmy Stewart, Leslie Howard, Gerard Butler, Johnny Depp, Timothy Hutton, and that cute little Chris O'Dowd. A few films I could watch over and over again: Now Voyager, Julie and Julia, Amelie, Dr. Zhivago. Sure am dating myself! Favorite movie scene of all time is the "drive-by the cop" scene in Bridesmaids.
Love River, Vera, Bomb Girls, Doc Martin, Call the Midwife, the Crimson Field, and The Booth at the End! Enjoy Criminal Minds, Cold Case, and any of the Law and Orders. And love the old Alfred Hitchcock mystery series as well as Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, and Star Trek. TCM my favorite network. Loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for the one season it lasted.
Looking forward to new experiences and acquaintences through swap-bot! I'm a recently retired teacher living in my favorite place on earth, enjoying my sons and their absolutely wonderful wives, and now my two precious granddaughters, and trying to catch up with all those things I had to put off while working. Love time on the beach and walking the pups along the creek, learning new things daily, and taking trips! Recently returned from long-awaited RV tour of the USA. What a blast, but so nice to get home after months on the road.I love rummage sales, flea markets, and antique shops because I love most things vintage (sappy sentimentalist).
Foods: not crazy about include chocolate, peanuts, or mint, but I adore vanilla, almond, cherry, coconut, and most anything else. Love most teas and coffee, except mint and rooibos (red tea). No allergies to foods. Blood sugar been on the rise so am avoiding as many sugars and carbs as possible.
Colors: in my home are mostly warm colors--I've tried for a cozy, old English cottage feel. Kitchen is creams and light beige/brown.
Old bits of paper ephemera; old handwritten letters/diaries/journals; old laces, ribbons, embroidery, needlepoint, doilies, & trims; any little chenille figure; old sparkly buttons, pins, single earrings; cute greeting cards from 30s - 60s; vintage hankies, fabrics, & millinery flowers; old photos of people; old paper photo holders; rickrack & cotton seam binding; old plastic charms; vintage holiday cards, ornaments, decorations, etc. My favorite shopping is tag sales, church rummage sales & thrift shops -- just love using or repurposing things most people probably toss out! And, I will admit it here, I have trouble throwing anything potentially-useful out; it might be just the thing I need someday!
Animation of any kind; Westerns; modern and streamlined anything; self-help (not that I couldn't use some...); stickers.
Hearing about other people's points of view; seeing others' creative works; learning interesting facts and trivia about people, their lives, their home towns and countries.
Flakers. Hey, life happens to all of us. If for any reason you cannot follow through on a commitment, at least pm your partner and/or host and respond to any communications from them. We are all in this sometimes very difficult voyage together. Send an SOS and we'll come to your rescue! Thank you.
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