Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 12:17 am


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: January 21, 2019
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Intro & mail

Updated & current as of January 7, 2019

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, and 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.

I'm not looking for drama or complaints, no accusations and hurt feelings. This is my fun hobby.

I learned about the Write On Challenge a few years ago, and I LOVE it. Can't wait for April! I'm a member of the Letter Writers Alliance and I recently 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. I love to join and take part in International swaps when possible just to hear about your part of the world. Even if it's in the US. :) After coming across the Unshelf 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. :)

I'm usually open to ideas for Private swaps as well, US or International. Just send me a PM!

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


After I drop my mail off in the blue boxes or at the post office, I mark it 'sent'. The only postmarks I trust are the metered strips from the post office. 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!

About Me

So, about me & mine:

I'm turning 43 years old in January, 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 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 am "LGBTQ friendly"

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.

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 prefer NOT to receive 'tuck ins' with swaps, But, if a tuck in is required for a swap, I like 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. Although I cannot read them very well, I LOVE tarot cards. I love the artwork on them, and would be happy to receive a random tarot card - maybe wrap a washi tape sample around it. :)

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.

I do like coffee, my family likes tea, and we all enjoy hot chocolate (though no artificial sweeteners) We use whole bean coffee, ground coffee, k-cups, Senseo packs, and the Nescafe Dolce Gusto pods! (My husband really, REALLY likes coffee). I prefer Starbucks, and am stuck in the land of Dunkin' Donuts. :/

I don't drink alcohol, and my guilty pleasure drink is Pepsi. (Or Vanilla Coke, when I can find it!) Cartoonish characters I like include: Garfield, Scooby Doo, Pooh Bear (especially Eeyore), Tiny Toons & Animaniacs, Sanrio's Gudetama, Adventure Time. Regular Show. Also Ziggy and Simon's Cat! :) Please, NO OWLS of any kind

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

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 some journal 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.

Planners I'm not a planner person, but have a Passion Planner - I do like that style more, the binding, size and basic design - as well as a traveler's notebook.

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.

Some of my favorite authors are:
Agatha Christie, Stephen King , Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, Sarah Rayne, The Grimm Brothers :)

Enjoy books about: Haunted houses, ghosts, and fairy tales, mysteries

I enter giveaways for ARC's on Netgallery and Goodreads.

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, Broadchurch

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).

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

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 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.


swayzer rated for Lyrix swap Round 3 on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Cindi I got my Lyrix book today, thanks a bunch I loved it. This has been one of the funnest swaps I've ever participated in, thanks so much I really appreciate you. I love the envelope you sent it in, and your creations are so fun and they take me back. I'm finshing yours on Sunday and will mail it out on Monday. Again thanks bunches!!
SparkJoy rated for R&W: Journal your holidays on Jan 16, 2019
Comment: Oh my gosh, I love the DR. Suess recycled spanish dictionary cover! I was happy to see the original pages are still in there too! Thanks for sharing your holidays with me. Even the recipes tell a story. I'm almost done with my journal :)
Fabriqueen rated for New Year's Resolutions Note Card on Jan 15, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your goals with me! I Love Snoopy and this is Snoopy on Purple. Can't get no better than that. LOL! Good luck to us all for accomplishing our goals in 2019. Hugs, Diane
Tinne rated for R&W: Share Your Fandom #2 on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you very much for the very interesting letter! I am not a big big fan of Stephen King, but I read some of his books and enjoyed them. My other half said I should read "The stand" so I did, good book. Because of him, I also read Percy Jackson stories and he got me the whole Shadow Hunters series. I made the mistake to read them back to back, so I got stuck in the middle... I got annoyed with the story, which happens when I read through a series too fast. I am giving it some rest and will finish them later. P.S. I also appreciate all the stamps you used.
jenmcjen rated for R&W Goals for 2019 on Jan 7, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! Yes, I did happen to notice all the green - I love how you make that effort for me. You have a fave color? I could reciprocate... I like your goals. I like the way you set them up to not fail by having them be ongoing and allow for some space when needed. If you ever take 3 whole months to answer my letter, I will cry! But I'm pretty sure we've been in contact at LEAST weekly since we first "met" on here, so I'm not worried! Happy 2019!
Comment: Sorry for the late rating. Thank you for the cute card & all the wonderful washi tape samples. Thank you for making Grayson smile :) Happy 2019!
MSturgill87 rated for NB 1 Round 5 or 6?? on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Thanks again! Really enjoying this swap!
tam2016 rated for MJS: Ho-ho-holiday Card Swap on Jan 6, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the Grinch Christmas card. I really love him! and also special thanks for the post cards you sent with the card. I am going to add them to my collection.
fiorellaione rated for R&W Books I read in 2018 on Jan 4, 2019
Comment: Sooo many books! Impressive reading capacity :) I hope 2019 improves your reading experience after your burn out :) Thank you for sharing your list and thoughts!
Comment: Wow, that letter was fast! :D Thank you very much for the swap and the extras! And the puppies on the note were really cute :) What a pity you had a bit of a writers block, hopefully that goes away soon and you can enjoy writing more again. Also because it's really fun to do story swaps with you :D I really liked your story, as I like reading realistic stories. I found the cell phone part funny, because in my family this Christmas it was similar: The "younger" people not using their cell phones, but the "older" ones did :D Best wishes and thank you very very very much for all the effort and time you put into the group and the amazing swaps! :)
jenmcjen rated for R&W Books I read in 2018 on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: I sent email, but thank you - you are a helluva reader lady! Some excellent ideas for my to-read pile!
Response: Well, I'm a helluva listener at least. haha. Thank goodness we have a decent library! :) Thanks for the heart :)
CajunLady rated for R&W Books I read in 2018 on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: Great list. I'm jealous of how long it is!!
Response: Thanks. It looks impressive, but I found a lot of them to be 'duds'. :( So disappointing. Thank you for the heart :)
shinyserra rated for NB 1 Round 4 on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You are very welcome, and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Buecherwurm rated for R&W December book challenge on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: Thank you for this review! What a pity you didn't like the book from this authro this time, but since you seemed to really enjoy her books usually, she still seems like an author that I'll be looking for in the library :) And thanks for the bonus book review, unfortunately none of the series is for free on the German amazon, but at least all are just 1 Euro, so I might try out the series some time :) I hope you had wonderful holidays and I wish you all the best for 2019!
Response: I'm sorry to hear that you can't get the Ellie Jordan book as a freebie on Amazon. :( I wish I could share e-books, like I can printed books. Hopefully we'll both have lots of great books this year. Thank you for the heart, and for joining in the swap. :)
fiorellaione rated for R&W December book challenge on Dec 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you Cindi for your reviews! I'm sorry you were disappointed by Spider Lights, but at least you had a better experience with The Monster Museum. I hope this new year brings lots of thrilling mystery books for you!
Response: Yes, I'm glad to move Spider Lights off my TBR list, even as I'm disappointed about not enjoying it more. But maybe the next book will be better, right? Thanks for joining the swap, and for the heart :)
jenmcjen rated for R&W: Book Discussion "The Lottery" on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: Oh my goodness, I got this from you AGES ago, and I'm so sorry I missed rating. Of course it was excellent! Of course you are excellent! Of course I love discussing books and doing all kinds of swaps with you! Of course I wish you a fantastic New Year and many fun swaps for 2019!
Response: I think The Lottery was a good starting point. I'm looking around for some more options for book discussions in the group, with more open questions. Thanks for doing this one with me, and for the heart :)
jenmcjen rated for 80's Lyrix swap #2 on Dec 26, 2018
Comment: Oh, my, you are both so talented! I absolutely love your layout, and you probably don't know this cuz it's not on my profile, but lime green, bright yellow, and bright orange is my FAVORITE color combination and that's the three little dots you put on - so cool! I'll - Oh, I'm stupid. I'm talking to the wrong person. hahaha! Okay, well, Rebecca if you read this, that was all for you. Cindi - OMG you used the perfect colors for this, and you used my VERY favorite '80s song! I believe it is actually, objectively the best '80s song and video combination - sorry Michael and Thriller, but this was just the best! And you did such good '80s colors on the front! I'll add my bit, which is the same as the others. Even though it's not chunky, a lot of work did go into it, just on the computer, so I hope you don't mind that. Happy Boxing Day!
Response: Glad you've had fun with this swap series. :) Thanks for the heart :)
LMeowkin rated for A Holiday Card in the US #3 on Dec 23, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I hope you have a merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you for rating. Hope you had a nice holiday season. :)
Bucket rated for R&W Dec challenge, snail mail on Dec 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for your letter! Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your book much, but at least now it's off the tbr list. Thanks for the tea!
Response: Yes, it is a disappointment to hold on to a book for so long, then to not enjoy it. But it's nice to move it along I guess. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the very cute Alice postcard!
Response: Hope you enjoyed the Alice card, wanted to try for something you'd enjoy. Thanks for the heart :)

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cindygroet on Jan 21, 2019:

Happy birthday to you and wishing you a wonderful day🎈🎉🎂🍀

mejulia on Jan 19, 2019:

Thank you for angering the Happy Holiday Card Swap. I enjoyed the swap and the card you sent to angel it was fantastic. I hope you do this swap next Christmas.

HannahF on Jan 18, 2019:


Thank you so much for the angel on the "Happy Holiday Card Swap!" I really appreciate it, and I loved the clear envelope you used.

Have a great day!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


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.

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