Swap-bot Time: February 20, 2020 3:04 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: February 19, 2020
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of February 5, 2020

Please notice!!! I now live on a military installation again! The mail is slow! I mark swaps 'sent' when I drop them in the box, but have already heard that postmarks are 2-3 days later than they should be. And - my mail will get randomly opened! Just part of living in such an environment.

As for rating, I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me.

Back to our regularly scheduled profile:

Hi there! I'd like to start off by saying that I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's with Friendship Books and the like, but I wrote to family members starting when I was about 3! Snail mail it is one of the few constants in my life. I love that with a note or letter, I can learn about a new country, custom or life style, meet a new person, and the world gets a bit smaller and less scary. I've been on and off Swap-Bot for a number of years, and think it can be a really great site.

But I'd like state that - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. I have yet to host or sign up for a swap and not complete it, I've rated everything I've received - or haven't received. But I don't immediately reply to a PM or comment. I'd love to hear from you, feel free to send me a PM or comment on my profile. But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days. Days when my husband is home (weekends, holidays) I'm not on the computer much, and I have 3 kiddos with special needs. Family comes first.

I learned about the Write On Challenge a few years ago, and I LOVE it. Can't wait for April! Also participate in the InCoWriMo 'vintage social media' challenge for the month of February. I founded a group here on swap-bot Reading & Writing for those who, like me, enjoy reading (or listening to) books, creative writing, and journal experiments.

After coming across the Unread shelf Project 2019, I started a group called TBR Bookshelf as well, to keep me on track with my TBR as well as find others in the same situation, and help them, too, tackle those long TBR lists. :)

Please don't feel you need to add tuck ins, if not specified in the swap I'd prefer no tuck ins unless it's Garfield!

I get rather annoyed when people spell my name wrong. It's Cindi, NOT Cindy!


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 hate Face book. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I'm fully anti-social media. Please don't ask me to be 'friends' or whatever on such sites, I don't use them. I recently heard a comedian say it's amazing how I can have 750 'friends' but no one to help me move the couch! That's how I feel.

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm 44 years old , married 25 years this year, a mom to 3 teens and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force) We are currently in Washington (state), originally from Michigan, and have lived in 13 states (and counting!) I'm not thrilled with the current presidency or their politics, but I am an American.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. :) 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 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. I"m not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

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 try to keep their hair/fur and dander out of my swaps, but it may happen, for which I apologize.

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. :)

Also, just realized that swearing and cursing are a bit of a 'trigger' for me. I occasionally use swear words - almost never in writing though - but reading or hearing a bunch kinda causes problems for me, so I'd rather not get stickers that say fck, sht and so on and the like. If you're one to curse in emails or letters, we probably won't be a pen pal match.

Cooking & recipes - I do all the cooking for my family, from very detailed meals to quick soups. I love my crock pot(s) & have very little room for other gadgets in my kitchen. :(
I collect recipes, but not cookbooks anymore. Just no room! Betty Crocker is my best friend - I turn to her whenever I'm bored. I also have traditional generations old Czech and Hungarian recipes for holidays and special occasions. We still eat meat, but cutting down on that.

Favorites & what I like

I LOVE Garfield. I've loved Garfield all my life, and dearly enjoy getting anything related. I also love Disney's Aladdin!, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Disney's Emperor's New Groove, Disney's Hercules and Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame movies.

We are now big fans of She Ra and the Princesses of Power show on Netflix! I think my husband looks forward to the new episodes more than the kids do! (He's also a fan of Frozen 2, in addition to the "old/real" Star Wars.) Other things we are into - Star Wars, Fullmetal Alchemist, My Hero Academia and my daughter loved "Voltron" on Netflix "until the last season ruined it all". My hubby watches football, but no particular team. He's more of a soccer fan. I grew up a Chicago Bears fan, and hubby first liked the Indy Colts, then we followed Payton Manning to the Denver Broncos. Seattle Seahawks are the new local team, and he follows that.

Fall, then winter, are my favorite times of the year, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's a quiet day at home, and the house usually just smells so good!

I re-use or re-purpose as much as I can, prefer used books, and LOVE any paper that's not made from trees. Love the Leaning Tree line of cards and products. Bamboo paper is the best!

Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, (ORIGINAL Scooby is the REAL Scooby!) Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat!

I drink coffee and hot cocoa, and some of the family drinks tea, but would rather not receive coffee or hot cocoa as extras. If it's required for the swap, please send factory sealed tea bags instead. We like Herbal tea. My son likes black teas and some green tea, and my daughter likes licorice tea and peppermint, and chai. Coffee themed stationery, stickers, etc are appreciated. :)

Please, NO OWLS of any kind - not the winter owls, not the Owl from Pooh Bear, not the 'cute' little stickers - they just creep me out too much. Anything with oversized eyes just freak me out.

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

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.

I'd rather not receive food or edible items, make up items, lip balm.

Favorite Crafts

I've made some Dotee Dolls 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.

Planners I'm not a planner person, but have a Passion Planner as well as a traveler's notebook. Recently started a Bullet Journal Just doing the basic journal at this point, though. Not adding art and charts. I have no need for washi or stickers that are planner themed.

Favorite Books

I love to read. Prefer used books to new books. Prefer mysteries, but I read all types of books. (Think "Murder She Wrote" and Agatha Christie - that's most often my style.) Not a fan of vampire novels. If I do read romance or erotica, it is usually lesbian themed.

I also LOVE audio books. I probably listen to more books than I read, but also enjoy listening to favorites multiple times.

I'm not a 'collector' of books - I like to practice 'catch and release' - I read it and then trade or donate it. I prefer to use the library, but there are some authors I will still buy. I do like book marks and collect far too many.

Some of my favorite authors are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King , Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, Sarah Rayne, Sylvain Neuvel, The Grimm Brothers :) Rick Riordan (LOVE the Percy Jackson series and off shoots) And of course - Washington Irving. Edgar Allen Poe isn't too bad either. :) A newer interest is Molly Harper, also like the Dresden files series by Jim Butcher (because James Marsters is an amazing narrator!)

Enjoy books about: Haunted houses, ghosts, and fairy tales, mysteries, cozy mysteries, historical fiction or mysteries. I read some biographies and memoirs, but don't care much for self help style books. And don't read many sci-fi or fantasy. And really not a fan of Harry Potter. I LOVE the original Grimm Brother's type fairy tales and folk tales. I would always welcome local traditions and folk lore that you would like to share.

Podcasts I listen to a few podcasts, and my favorites are Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student. Usually listen to Serial from This American Life.

Favorite Television

TV & Movies

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

TV shows I watch & like: Are You Being Served? (Old BBC show), Supernatural, Sherlock, Dr Who, Northern Exposure, Broadchurch, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, Lore on Amazon Prime, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Midsomer Murders, and Keeping Up Appearances.

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, Disney's Aladdin, Disney's Hercules, Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney's Haunted Mansion.

Favorite Music

Favorite Music The Monkees,Imagine Dragons,John Mayer, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers).

Also like to listen to the PG Comedy channel on Pandora. Some favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan.

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. I have been a fan of Sloths, Llamas, and Giraffes for many years, and am happy with the images that are gaining popularity now. :)

No owls

Cartoon types I'd enjoy: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, Muppets, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Muppets, Snoopy/Peanuts, Ziggy, Sesame Street (esp Big Bird and Cookie Monster)

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. Also, anything relating to drinking wine (I don't drink) or any of the motivational phrases with that brush lettering style of writing. Also, not a fan of cursing or profanity in stickers and the like.

Washi Tape 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.


Hunbun rated for R&W InCoWriMo letter swap #2 on Feb 19, 2020
Comment: Got it yesterday, will send out in a day or two.
Comment: Hi Cindi, Thank you for this letter! What a treat to share books and thoughts with you. I owe you two letters now! Will combine them into one answer. Congrats on your progress on the annual InCoWriMo challenge!
Comment: Right there with ya - but that's the beauty of a free public library's offerings since you can sample and then move on and someone else will love it dearly.
Fabriqueen rated for All the washi on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of washi and the book pages! These are the readers I grew up on and I thought that they were personal to me because they included my cat Puff. Then I discovered everybody had my cat in their books also. I didn't know what to think about that. LOL! Have a great day! Hugs, Diane
Comment: Thank you ;)
chelle523 rated for R&W: In January I read .... on Feb 11, 2020
Comment: Ohmigoodness, you got SO much more done in January than I did! LOL I"m also doing the Read Harder challenge, and a couple of the books from your January list are on my TR list! Thanks for sharing with me! :)
Comment: Oh my GOSH!!! What a wonderful surprise Cindi!! Thank you SO MUCH I love EVERYTHING!! This is definitely the best swap I have received yet. I'm looking forward to returning the love! Thank you, thank you!
Hunbun rated for R&W: InCoWriMo letter swap #1 on Feb 7, 2020
Comment: LOVE the book pages & envelopes, thank you!!! I sent the journal out last week. I *think* it might have gone media mail as I said it was a book, so a few more days and hopefully it'll show up.
Response: Yes, it DID show up, the day after I sent the letter. I meant to message you and totally forgot. :( Sorry about that. But I've been told that you cannot send notebooks or journals book or media rate because they aren't 'real' books. And my PO here will and does open and inspect all book & media mail packages and charge me the difference. I trade books by mail, and it's really annoying that they open them all because they damage the books often, and they arrive about a week later than they should. :(
Comment: Thanks for the very nice letter. Unfortunately, my phone is so old, I cannot download books nor listen to them thru my phone. I also do not have an MP3 player. My car has only a CD player no jacks for the MP3 or phone. But I will keep in mind your advise over the Library downloads. I am looking forward to trying those recipes you sent. Again, thank you for a very nice letter. Looking forward to seeing you in the mailbox in the future.
Response: I think you've told me that in the past. I remember thinking about it as I wrote. It is handy to have the ability to borrow and download, but I think most of the time I'd be happier to have a more basic phone - and a lower monthly bill! But my husband doesn't agree, so ... And I hope you enjoy the recipes. :)
Jjean rated for 2020 Reading Challenge Swap! February on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the nice review. I have not read that book, may see I can find it at my library.
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thanks for the Perry Mason postcard and sharing your favorite mystery!
Response: I need to find some book themed post cards for these swaps. They're so hard to find, but fitting for the themes. :) Thanks for the heart.
monsbrick rated for InCoWriMo Vintage social media :) on Feb 4, 2020
Comment: Hi Cindi! Yes recently I joined Postcrossing and I enjoy it. Thank you for the bookmark. Often I misplace the ones I have or lose them! Itโ€™s something I can always use!
Response: I hoard book marks like a fiend! But I use them, too, have them all over the house so I won't be tempted to use a pencil or something and hurt the book spine.... Those little post it tabs are wonderful as well. :) I don't underline or highlight books, so I use those a lot for favorite passages too.
zanynat rated for TBR: In January 2020 I read ... on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: Best of luck with your TBR!! "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" is also on my list but I've been putting it off because it's HUGE!! Here's hoping we can both get through it this year!
Response: Yes, another group member has talked about Jonathan Strange a few times, so I'm curious and found a copy of the book. But it won't be a quick read! I seem to have several of those on my shelf this year, so we'll see how I do. :) One of the Unread Shelf prompts is a 'buddy read' - maybe that can be the book! :)
zanynat rated for TBR: January Unread Shelf challenge on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: You reminded me that Dracula is another book on my TBR list. Might bump that up a bit. :D
Response: We are listening to Frankenstein now, and it's good, but I think Dracula is a bit more readable? I'm enjoying Frankenstein, but some of the words and phrases require some extra thought. I feel that I need to read it with a dictionary at hand, to get the full meanings!
Comment: It's good to have some lighter books at hand for when we need to rest our mind a little. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Response: Yes, it is. I tend to gravitate to Agatha Christie short stories often, lately, when I can't settle on a book. But I might need to add a few other options. :)
Comment: Don't be ashamed! You still have fewer books than me on your list, and at your reading pace, I'm sure you'll tackle them in no time ;)
Response: True, but a few of them are rather involved! So, we'll see. I think I might need to sit down and test-read a few, many pare down my list a bit.
Comment: Sounds like a book my mom would enjoy! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Response: It was good. :) Thanks for the heart :)
kiddomerriweather rated for My Irrational Fears on Feb 1, 2020
Comment: I think the celebrity Tyreese also has the same fear of owls like you do. He can't look even look at images of them or he completely melts down. I forget where I saw that. They were messing with him on some show. Of course he didn't find it humorous at all. There are owls all over my house at night, so I guess you wouldn't want to come and have dinner. LOL
Response: I don't think I've heard of anyone else with a fear of owls, so it's good to know I'm not alone. Most people think I'm being silly - but fears can't always be explained, can they? We lived in places that had a lot of owls, and I worked really early in the day, so I'd see them swooping around on my way to work & it always scared me. A few times they'd be in the parking lot when I'd get to work & I'd have to run to the door! IT wasn't fun. I"ll skip visiting you at night - high noon might be better!
monsbrick rated for TBR: In January 2020 I read ... on Jan 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I'm inspired to get my list together so I can share with you all too.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)

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IDreamOfAfrica on Dec 23, 2019:


Prettyexpressions on Dec 16, 2019:

Omygosh! I LOVE them stickers!!! Thank you so much!!!

IDreamOfAfrica on Dec 14, 2019:

Nice touch.

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AlexandriaV on Nov 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the angel card!!!! I did get a card from my partner, but it was so sweet for you to send me one just in case. It made me smile! :)

amylunt on Nov 24, 2019:

Thanks for the card you angeled! You were a great host and the swap was fun! I appreciated receiving a card from you.

IDreamOfAfrica on Aug 6, 2019:


Cindi, Thanks so much for the awesome letter! Lora

LizzyJo on Jun 22, 2019:

My Seuss stuff arrived today. Thank you for all the goodies.

Rainydancer on Jun 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the lovely paper for the RAK! This will make so much!

neva on Jun 17, 2019:

Ooops! Thank you for all the stickers too. I missed them until I really unpacked everything yesterday! I really am spoiled!

neva on Jun 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for all the pages and the blank journal. I feel so spoiled. All the pages are beautiful and I love the journal too.

Since you asked about blackout poetry it is when you take a page and find words you like on the page and then either black out the rest or do artwork over it, to make a poem. By nature the poem must be kind of short I think, unless you have a large page.....It really forces you to think outside of the box.

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