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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: January 26, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of January 22, 2021

I would rather not receive 'extras' or tuck ins, unless required by the swap. Thank you.

My family has requested I join some tea swaps - I think they're looking for something new to try. :) Please only send factory sealed tea bags. If you know where it can be bought, it would be much appreciated if you would add that. The tea drinkers in the family have no known allergies, and are willing to try anything.

Please no owls!

I am staring a "Franken-deck" of cards, and would welcome any stray standard sized playing cards, and am willing to do some private swaps for others who are creating Franken-decks of their own. Please PM me! :) (A Franken-deck is a full deck of cards with mixed up designs, styles and brands.) I am willing to do some International swaps for playing cards as well. :)

Likes Garfield!! (Been a fan since I was very little and always love to find anything Garfield themed.) Books (prefer used paper backs to new or ebooks), bookmarks, stationery items (pens, stickers, washi, paper).

images: moon & stars, rainbows, coffee themed, anything book themed. Cats over dogs, hamsters, trees, fall/autumn, sloths, giraffes, llamas, Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work.

Fairy tales and Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's fairy tales), holidays & customs from other countries. Spiritualism, Wicca, fortune telling, Paganism are interesting themes to me, as well as Buddhism. Tarot cards & fortune telling images, (I welcome any stray Tarot cards if you have leftovers that you do not need/want/use.) Salem Witch Trials.

Tuck ins/extras: If a swap calls for extras or tuck ins, I would prefer to receive bookmarks (esp the local library type or the free promotional bookmarks that are sometimes handed out). Magnetic ones are awesome, too! Standard size playing cards, or any tarot cards Otherwise, I'd prefer not to receive extras & tuck ins I have far too many postcards and stickers! ha!

TV/movies: Supernatural, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Northern Exposure, Murder She Wrote, Sherlock, Dr Who (David Tennant years), Golden Girls, Broadchurch, Poirot, Travel Channel shows with Josh Gates, Ghost Hunters & similar shows (but not Ghost Adventurers). Movies: The Mummy (1999), The Haunting (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue

Disney: Especially: Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion

Actors/actresses: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Nathaniel Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury

Music: The Monkees (since I was about 3 years old),Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Counting Crows, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, so that lingers). Also 1980's & 1990's music

Comedians: Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan, Gabriel Iglesias.

Podcasts: Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student.

Dislikes

Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.)

Anything with cigarette smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines

Religious information - I'm cool w/ my beliefs, not interested in preaching.

Please no food items - if a swap calls for something, only a factory sealed tea bag, please.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

No need for planner items & stickers and would prefer not to receive extra stickers or washi unless it's a part of my likes.

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

About Me

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, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. And as much as I love snail mail & swapping, - swap-bot isn't my life. It adds to my life, but my world does not revolve around it. 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 45 years old , married 26 years this year, a mom to 3 teens (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school Though, they all still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force)

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 about 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. 2 cats and a dog.

I've participated in the Write On Challenge since 2016, and have done the InCoWriMo challenge since 2019! I LOVE the USPS - yeah, they have issues, but how else can you meet the world, one little postage stamp at a time?! :) Support the USPS!!

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it about once a year. I'm fully anti-social media.

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. Historical fiction (esp American & Czech, pioneer America era, Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt), memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore.

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan, Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore.

I'm a member of Good Reads, I have done the Unread Shelf Project since 2019 and am founder of 2 SB groups related to books & writing, Reading & Writing and TBR Bookshelf. I did the Popsugar Challenge in 2020 & again in 2021, and am doing the ReadChristie2021 challenge.

Ratings, hearts & late

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.

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.

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps Prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones Peanuts/Snoopy or Dr Seuss themed holiday cards are perfectly acceptable. Anything that represents the holiday that is non-traditional is very welcomed! Example: Krampus in December, any & all Pagan/Wiccan traditions, local legends.
I'm not Christian and do not care for that type of card, but will not rate down if that's what you send.
If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card. I especially love tree-free cards (Leanin' Tree makes these) or 100% recycled cards. Or any type of small-scale, independent artist, or handmade. I will always happily accept a handmade card for a swap!

I buy cards from Egg Press, Constellation & Co and also really like cards from UNICEF Hallmark & American Greetings are great, but it's nice to have a bit of variety and get some new artists some attention. :)

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Cindi ! Love the cute little Valentine card you sent! Thank you for the cute joke, Why should you fall in love with a pastry chef and the so cute Valentine stickers. Thank you very much!
Tara rated for MJS: Holiday card magpie journal on Jan 23, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so much for the journal and goodies ❤️
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. :) Thanks for the heart :)
CajunLady rated for R&W: Quote on a card on Jan 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you!!!
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
SeleneW rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #5 on Jan 22, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card, funny joke and stickers!
Response: Happy Valentine's day! Thanks for the heart :)
squince rated for SF- Blind PC Swap #3- USA on Jan 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
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Comment: I loved Good Omens, wish I had watched it when I had Amazon Prime. Thanks for the email swap!
Response: We haven't finished it yet, but it's been a lot of fun so far. I'm curious to see how it all ends. :) I saw the series on DVD at our library, maybe you can find it too? I've been waiting to watch it. :) THanks for the heart :)
aligurl75 rated for Build my recipe book Salads on Jan 21, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sending the recipes. I'm happy to add them to my recipe folder.
Response: Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for the heart :)
PineappleTarts rated for SF- Blind PC Swap #3- USA on Jan 20, 2021
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Comment: Thank you. Have a nice day!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
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Comment: Thanks Cindi! Another great letter! Letters really are magic! I also appreciate the interesting extras. :)
Response: I've always felt that letters are magic too. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Karen07 rated for R&W: Edgar Allen Poe birthday on Jan 19, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for a great letter Cindi! Really enjoyed it. The stationery is great too. Thanks also for the notecard which I will certainly put to good use. This will be a better year. :)
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
KSENiA rated for TBR: 2020 End of year update & totals on Jan 19, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. Hope 2021 will be a pleasant reading year.
Response: I hope so as well! I'm not off to a great start, but that's ok. :) THanks for the heart :)
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Comment: Hooray for meeting your purchasing reduction goals!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
BrunetteBunny rated for TBR: In December I read ... on Jan 18, 2021
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Comment: Love the photos!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
itsnobody rated for Build my recipe book Salads on Jan 16, 2021
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Comment: Aw I'm sorry about the pineapple allergy :( it must be hard. But the recipe sounds interesting. I was not expecting all sweet salads. Usually I connect salad with the salty feeling.
Response: It's an odd allergy - I seem to collect a lot of those! haha Oh well. Makes me look for new and different recipes! I thought I included a few non-dessert recipes as well, but maybe they didn't copy. I'm sorry about that. I thought I'd included a few dinner salad recipes as well. Thanks for the heart :)
marclively rated for New Years POSTCARD - USA on Jan 16, 2021
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Comment: Thanks, Marc
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
CraftyShana76 rated for R&W: Sci-Fi book day on Jan 13, 2021
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Comment: Yes it was a nice challenge. I’m not a sci-fi reader either. But a nice change. Thank you for sharing.
Response: It can be nice to mix things up a bit. :) Thanks for the heart :) :)
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Comment: Amazing job! Thanks for hosting these wonderful swaps!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
TamiHope rated for MissBrenda's Valentine Card swap #1 on Jan 13, 2021
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Comment: Hi Cindi! Thank you so much for the cheerful, sweet Valentine card...and for all the extras! It was very fun to receive. Tami
Response: Thanks for the heart :) Happy Valentines day!
draco rated for Build my recipe book Salads on Jan 12, 2021
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Comment: can't wait to try them
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
monsbrick rated for TBR: Unread shelf project December on Jan 10, 2021
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Comment: Hi Cindi, received a postcard from you! Thank you! And yes, these Choose your own adventure books are fun. I need more of that in my life lately, as things seem so out of my control...kind of adventures these days.
Response: I loved Choose your own Adventure books when I was a kid, and found a couple last year, and they fit the category pretty well. It was fun to re-read those and make the choices through the books. It was fun & relaxing to read those - might need to read a few more to start the year! ((Hugs)) thanks for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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Comments

Lillypooh12 on Jan 25, 2021:

Thank you so much for the Washi RAK! My daughter has already claimed two of the glitter washi tapes for herself! :) <3

Ellen101 on Jan 21, 2021:

Dearest Cindi, Thank you very kindly for all of the really great journals that you've sent. I will absolutely be using them. The extra washi tape and cards is such a blessing. They will be made n donated to my local nursing homes. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!!❣️

SatisHuman on Jan 13, 2021:

Thank you for the letter responding to my swap! Greatly appreciated. I look forward to writing you back.

takehimaway on Jan 5, 2021:

Cindi!!! <3~~~~ Thank you so, so, so much for for the journals. The moleskin is so nice (I put it up for when my life is less of a disaster), and I love the smell of the flower one. I love the vinyls -- I'm sure you would have guessed, haha. The orange paper looks fun too. I can't wait to use it all, thanks.

JuneRosebud on Jan 5, 2021:

Cindi, You are the best!! Thank you so much for the wonderful Journals RAK. They came at such a trying time & I really appreciate your notes & generosity. Collette

kizzlets on Jan 4, 2021:

Hi there USAFwife, thank you so much for RAK blank journals you sent me!!! It definitely made my day, so thank you! kizzlets

wolfeagle on Jan 2, 2021:

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Thank you so much. I love everything but especially the gratitude journal and the postcards are beautiful.

wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:

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KarenFife on Dec 7, 2020:

Thank you so much for the RAK of the local AFB🛩, Cindy! It’s always heartwarming to get surprise mail, and so thoughtful of you.❤️

takehimaway on Nov 20, 2020:

I'm about to listen to History Goes Bump. Thanks for the suggestion, Cindi!

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