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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: November 16, 2018
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Holidays & mail

Updated & current as of Nov. 2, 2018 **Holiday swaps

For holiday swaps - cards, etc - I will be happy with whatever you send me. I won't be offended if you send me Santa or Jesus, a Menorah or, really, anything else. As long as it fits the swap (so you don't get away with sending me a Valentine's card in December!), it's fine. Solstice? Great! Festivus? please! 'Generic' Seasons Greetings or Hapy Holidays? I'd be happy to get it! That odd card that you don't know who to send to? Yep, that's mine! :) Really, I'm pretty easy going about these things. If you have a Happy Festivus or Happy Solstice card, I would LOVE to get it!

Please don't feel you need to add tuck ins, if not specified in the swap. I'm perfectly OK with no tuck ins. (But, I do love the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman stickers I see from time to time, as well as Snoopy/Peanuts, as well as the old, original Grinch.)

My favorite holiday movies are 'A Christmas Carol', 'A Christmas Story', 'Frosty the Snowman', 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and the 'Garfield Christmas movie'.

When sending, I will do my best to match your likes and such, whenever possible.

Holiday type items I do like I like black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, fall leaves, snowmen, snow flakes. Snoopy/Peanuts themed. Seasonal images - snow, evergreens, fall leaves/trees, pumpkins, spring flowers, summer themed.
PLEASE!! NO OWL IMAGES! They seem to be popular, but they actually scare me quite a bit, so I'd appreciate it if you would keep them.

MAILING

After I drop my mail off in the blue boxes or at the post office, I mark it 'sent'. This is our 3rd winter here in Western Mass, and I'm noticing a pattern. Starting in early Nov, mail is very sporadic. We will go several days without delivery at all, and I've heard that mail I've dropped in the blue boxes will sit for up to a week before it is collected and on it's way - even at the post office. I can almost promise the postmarks won't match up.

If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap.

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy! Seriously, if you are addressing mail to me, it's right there in black and white, typed out. Take the second to spell my name correctly! Thanks!

Hosting:

For swaps I host, I will angel all swaps, but you need to contact me to let me know you were flaked on! I won't chase you down to angel the swap.

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm a letter writer. I started pen palling in my teen years, in the late 1980's. I'm 42 years old, married 23 years now, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Western Massachusetts. I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I'm not Christian, but do have my own beliefs. I have read a lot and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I don't 'hate' anyone for who they are or what they believe, or any race, religion or group of people. I am "LGBTQ friendly" even though I am a hetro-married woman.

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days. Swapping and mail should be - needs to be - happy. I have enough drama in my life as it is!

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. Ben is a Turkish Van cat, Jack is an orange tiger cat, and Falcon is a Husky mix dog.

I'm afraid of owls. If you could skip sending me owl images, stickers, washi tape and not decorate the envelope with owls I'd appreciate it. I'm also afraid of deep water and drowning, but I doubt you'll send me a pool, so that's probably ok. :)

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related.

I would like

I like butterfly shapes, trees, and prefer stars and moons to heart shapes; I prefer silver to gold; My favorite color is blue (dark rather than pastel);
any Garfield item :)
rainbows, unicorns, llamas, bulldogs. items designed by Laurel Burch; pens - (business / promotional pens, souvenir pens); items with sun/moon/stars; Egyptian Gods/Goddesses (esp. Bast); I love old, abandoned buildings. I like coffee, I don't drink alcohol, and my guilty pleasure drink is Pepsi. (Or Vanilla Coke, when I can find it!)

Animals I like: sloths, llamas, cats, giraffes. Not much into reptiles or fish, in general. Blue Jays, Cardinals Prefer real animal pictures to drawn/cartoon types. Please, no Owls!

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat! :)

please do not send:

Items that smell like cigarette smoke (I have to throw those away, outside, as they will give me very bad headaches), also please no scented candles, air fresheners, etc. for the same reason.

Items with my name spelled incorrectly(seriously, if you are going to 'surprise' me with address labels, please make sure my name is spelled correctly!)

Owl paper, stickers, washi, etc .... I'm afraid of them, so it's actually traumatic.

Patriotic & 'God Bless America' type items - we are a military family, but do not care for those type of items.

Favorite Crafts

I've made some Dotee Dolls, and do somejournal swaps. I've made some Pocket Letters, but I think I prefer regular letters. My 'mail art' is usually limited to washi tape and/or stickers - or printed paper, as I make some envelopes, usually from book pages or calendar pages. I like to re-use items when possible.

Starting to get into Journal cards, so if you have some to share, I'd be happy to receive them. :)

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Also love audio books. I am on Goodreads, and I log in all my books there.

Books I like

I can't narrow it down to a list, but I love original Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology, folk lore & customs, mysteries (Agatha Christie!), Stephen King (The Dark Tower series!), Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House in all it's forms!), anything about haunted houses, abandoned buildings, biographies and memoirs ('Buddhist Boot Camp' and 'Faithfully Religionless' by Timber Hawkeye). I've read or listened to Harry Potter, but am more of a fan of Percy Jackson. I read some YA recommended by my kids.

Favorite Television

TV & Movies

Some of my favorite actors are: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant

TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who, Northern Exposure, 30 Rock, NCIS (just starting on this one)

Favorite Movies: The Mummy, The Haunting, Brother's Grimm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue;
Disney's Hercules, Disney's Emperor's New Groove

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Katy Perry, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma,Billy Joel, Daft Punk,Dar Williams, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers), music from the 1980's, music from the 1990's (more the 'pop' than 'alternative' I guess)

Stickers & washi

I still love stickers! :) Stickers I would enjoy:

Lisa Frank, Garfield (any, they are the only ones I actually collect & don't use), Scooby Doo, rainbows, books, coffee, flowers, stars/moon/sun, fall/autumn, trees, unicorns are ok, realistic animals like dogs, cats, llamas, giraffes, sloths.

No owls though! And none of those big-eyed distorted designs. Those are creepy!

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garifled, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Muppets, Snoopy/Peanuts, Ziggy

I'd rather not receive: holidays, teachers rewards, little kid themes, big- eyed animals, OWLS!!!, hearts. Please do not send American flags or 'God bless America' or the like items.

Washi Tape I don't use it in my planner or journal, so the worded tapes I have little use for. Please no Bible themed types - I can't use it. I don't care for emoji, especially the 'poop' emoji. I just don't understand that fascination.

I would enjoy tapes with coffee, books, cats, sloths, giraffes, unicorns, rainbows, llamas, stars, moon, trees, butterflies, snowflakes are ok, and I like snowmen. Blue, purple or silver colored. I prefer silver to gold. I don't mind glitter washi tape, as long as it won't "shed" on the paper or in the envelope.

Ratings

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Comment: Thanks a bunch for the kind card and the extra goodies. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
dcp0112 rated for PPRR round 5 on Nov 15, 2018
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Comment: Hi Cindi! Notebook arrived safe and sound! Thank you
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Comment: Love the card and the cute stickers. The extra sentiment is awesome.. just what we need to hear this time of year! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you!
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Comment: Thank you for the very nice card, poem, and stickers!
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Comment: Love this card and your saying inside thank you and for the goodies.Happy Thanksgiing
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Comment: Thank you loved it all cards going up in my craft room
manachai rated for manachai & USAFwife 100 ?'s journal on Nov 13, 2018
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Comment: I love that you go over and beyond expectations, and that you communicate so well (and often). Your gifts were perfection and such a fun surprise! Thank you. It's been a pleasure swapping with you, and I hope that we can do so again soon.
jenmcjen rated for Stephen King Fans! #3 on Nov 11, 2018
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Comment: Oh, yes, we will have to discuss so much Stephen King!! And all the other stuff, too. Thanks for this awesome letter and you made me such a lovely envelope! You're so thoughtful.
jannieb rated for Thanksgiving Card Swap #4 on Nov 10, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving card & recipes. Grayson loved receiving his card as well. He always loves seeing his name on some mail. He is hanging up all the cards he receives on the bathroom door since his bedroom door is filled with Halloween cards. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Take care :)
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Comment: Thank you so much! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! <3
sharmison33 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 7, 2018
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Comment: Thanks For the postcard Cindi. I love the Peanuts characters 😊😊😊
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Comment: Thank you very much for your book review and hosting this great swap! :) I already knew the author, although I don't think I knew this series. I don't really remember her books, which means, I probably didn't like them much :D Sounds like books I would read from time to time, when I can't find better ones at the libraries, but want to read just any new mystery book :D But thanks for reviewing this series, then I already know I rather won't want to read it, I am always quite disappointed when later books in a series are much worse than the first books/their style changes. And thank you for telling about the other series, sounds like nice mysteries :) Best wishes!
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Comment: Loved hearing about all the cooking you and your mom used to do! Whenever I was in the kitchen my mom usually made herself scarce 'cause she knew it would give her a break! The recipes look like fun, I'll have to make some goodies for the animals and then pass them along too! And you can't have Thanksgiving without Snoopy! Thank you!
AZmom875 rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 6, 2018
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Comment: Happy Fall. This held up well in the mail. It is NOV and our cacti are blooming in the less scorching weather.
jenmcjen rated for R&W: November Reading Challenge on Nov 5, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the book review, series review. I now know I won't be reading that series, but I did read Pieces of Her (also, I listen to 99.99% of my books so I totally review audio books in these swaps), and LOVED it!!! It was well written. I don't know your gore tolerance, but I didn't find it particularly gory. On the other hand, I've been reading Stephen King since I first picked up The Shining in 4th grade, and then Carrie after I finished the first one in 2 or 3 days. Anyway, thanks for the BONUS too. I'm considering getting a Playster membership, because the one thing about Audible is you have to buy them all. So if #53 is coming out, I hope the series is on Playster!
Basicallyhades rated for Adopt A Book on Nov 4, 2018
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Comment: I love fairytales so it was lovely to read about one I hadn't heard of before! And such a lovely way to come upon the book. Thank you for sharing!
jenmcjen rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 4, 2018
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Comment: That's it! I'm changing my profile. I LOVE all colors!!! haha! I love this postcard and the pretty green you added, thanks so much! I love handmade!!
angelgram rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 3, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for making a handcrafted post card. So creative and such vivid Fall colors. Adorable Fall embellishments.
kittyhahahotbot rated for AMMM: Fallish fun! on Nov 2, 2018
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Comment: Wow, how very pretty Miss Cindi. Thank you! So very fall.
shinyserra rated for NB 1 Round 3 on Nov 2, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much for the cute fall stickers and washi! They will be used to decorate many envelopes :)
Response: I hope you enjoy them. :) Thanks for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

jenmcjen on Nov 13, 2018:

Thanks so much for the colorful Thanksgiving card! Mmm, I'm drooling already for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy...

jenmcjen on Oct 18, 2018:

Thanks so much for surprising me with the beautifully done postcard - a total surprise and I feel very special!! You're awesome!!

jenmcjen on Sep 19, 2018:

OMG right? What the hell with the poop emoji? Who thinks poop is cute? It disgusts me!

bbsporty on Sep 18, 2018:

Thank you for the fun sticker slapped postcard! I love these kinds of swaps!

kittyhahahotbot on Sep 17, 2018:

So gro0vy kind of you to think of me with the sticker postcard!

bblue on Jan 11, 2018:

Hello! I received your amazing happy mail! The clear envelope was very fun to receive, and the washi tape collage is now decorating my desk.

Ryleighsmom on Dec 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for sending Christmas wishes to my daughter. She LOVES Peanuts and the Snoopy card is adorable! She loved the mail! Happy Holidays!

anrtist on Dec 7, 2017:

Thank you so much for the extra crafty postage you sent me! I love all the stamps you sent! I just love using them to decorate my envies and for making bookmarks and other crafty things too!
THANK YOU so much for the

AWESOME RAK!!!!

Blessings! cc

TamiTam55 on Dec 6, 2017:

simcoe54 on Nov 21, 2017:

Thanks for the envie of stamps. They have found a home in my collection.

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