Swap-bot Time: August 4, 2020 1:56 am


Date Joined: January 13, 2016
Last Online: August 2, 2020
Birthday: January 6
Country: United States
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About Me

I’m in the mood to do some swapping. Nothing strenuous at this point just relaxing. Since my surgery I’ve seemed to undergone a slight personality change and have very little patience for any kind of long involved endeavor. Nor do I feel like expounding on my day to day life in letters. What’s up with that??!! Lol Has anyone gone through these changes after major surgery?

UPDATE 10/28/2019: My post lady Norma showed me this notice today when I picked up my mail. This may explain why mail is running so slow. Everyone just needs to be patient and understanding with each other. I RARELY if EVER mark a person a 3 for late mail. This place is supposed to be fun. As long as I get the swap I'm fine with it. I do like a heads up from my partner if you are mailing late but I'm always fine with it. No worries! I believe that the 3 rating should only be if someone totally ignored the swap rules, like you were supposed to mail 3 things and they only mailed 1 crusty piece of something. Other that, sheesh, give it a break and just have fun. It's mail folks, not life or death.

Standard Mail, also known as "bulk mail", is processed by the USPS on a “time available” basis. Standard mail is not forwarded or returned if undeliverable unless a special endorsement is used. Standard mail will typically be delivered in under 5 business days locally, but nationwide it could take 2 to 3 weeks.

Favorite Swaps

I initially joined Swap-bot for the craft swapping but lately I've been in a creative funk. I don't know if my muse has gone on vacation or the crafty well has run dry but regardless I've not been doing much crafting swaps lately.

I find myself drawn to the writing type swaps. I've been doing a lot of journal swaps and I really love them.

One of my favorite journal swaps are:

Seasonal Diary/Journal hosted by @CraftyMommaOnABudget

I also like to participate in a lot of letter writing swaps like Long Letter, 10 Page letter and etc.

One of my all time favorite swaps that I join year after year is also hosted by @CraftyMommaOnABudget and that is her 12 Days of Christmas Letter swaps. If you click on her name you can go to her profile page and find the swaps she is hosting. These Christmas letter swaps are my favorite swap to be honest.

Other swaps that I enjoy are postcard swaps and random list swaps. I also really enjoying those tons of question type swaps. I do tend to like electronic swaps too and have joined the Electronic Swaps Group because I find those swaps easy, no pressure and help to increase the number of swaps you've done.

I've recently stocked up on over a 100 new postcards so if you want to do a 3 unused postcards in a envie then contact me. I'm always willing to swap for postcards (as long as my supply isn't running low). I just joined a Postcard Bag/Train swap and I'm having fun with that.

I also love recipe exchange type swaps and join these quite often. This goes a long with my love of cooking. See my "Other Hobbys" section below.

Favorite Crafts

Some of my favorite crafty things I love to do are:


Greeting Card Making

Swap-Bot Card Making

Interactive Mini Albums

Faux Stain Glass

(I'll Add more as I think of it)

Things I Love To Receive

If you are wondering on what kind of things I love getting I am going to try and keep a list here that I can update as I go along. These things may change so be sure to stop back from time to time if you are partnered with me. HAHAHAHA

Right now the favorite things on my wishlist are:

Washi Tape Samples

List Pad Paper

Mini blank journals

Pens and Markers Any Type

Tea Bags

Stickers ( I love stickers but I never have enough to swap)

Address Labels (that you've made for me)

Swap-bot Swap Cards



I love real stamps on letters in place of metered mail if able.


Floral scented anything.

Musk or sandalwood based anything (allergic)

Ephemera (unless swap says to)

Political stuff

Anti-Christian items.

No horror related please.

Green Tea gives me headaches.

Favorite Media

I decided to incorporate the Favorite Books, Music and Movie section all under one heading to save myself a category.


I honestly don't listen to a lot of music. Usually only when I'm driving in the car. Then the station is tuned to the local country station just because it is the station that comes in clearest. I actually cancelled my Sirius XM subscription because we didn't utilize it enough. I don't even have a radio in the house. hahahaha All my CDs are in storage and I only have two Adele Albums on my phone. That's about it.

Books: Books are my obsession. I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Thanks to the SEO Library Consortium which is the digital version of the library. I listen to about three or more books a week. In addition to that, I probably read 10 or more paper copy books per month.

My favorite genre of books is murder mystery and psychological thrillers. I really hate romance novels of any kind. They don't make sense to me. I also love YA dystopian books. I only like sci-fi if it falls into the dystopian genre.

I really like when they combine mystery with cooking like in Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen's Murder Mysteries.

Some of my favorite authors are:

Dean Koontz

Janet Evanovich

Nora Roberts aka JD Robb

James Patterson

Patricia Cornwall

Sue Grafton

Joanne Fluke


I love love love love movies! I'd love nothing more then to watch movies all day long for a living...hahahhaa. Unfortunately, they just won't pay me to do what I love.

Some of my favorite movies are: Jurassic Park (All), The Transporter (Jason Statham!!), Harry Potter (All), Practical Magic, The Mummy I & II, Men in Black (All), Anything with Will Smith in it, Anything with John Cusack in it. I have a not so secret crush on John Cusack....hahahaha.

Another actor that gets my heart jumping is Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson.... Hmmm. I would go watch a movie of him just sitting in a chair for 90 mins. hahahaha

I do like Romantic Comedy movies but I usually only watch them once and then I'm done. I prefer action movies or movies with strong leading women who can kick butt like Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

One of my favorite actresses of all time is Sandra Bullock. She is amazing, she can play almost any role from a ditzy knucklehead to a butt-buster kick butt woman! I really hate sport type movies but I think she did a fabulous job in The Blind Side. I've watched it several times because it was so good.

Now onto other favorite movies: I love love love old classic movies. Black and whites from the 30's, 40's and 50's. I love Cary Grant, Gene Kelley, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, David Niven and many many more.

Other Hobbys

Whew! I almost forgot to add this section. I was actually reading over my own profile and saw where I noted for you to find this section. HAHAHAHA! I guess I should add it then, huh?

My newest passion/hobby is those food delivery boxes! I'm having so much fun with these things and I've subscribed to FIVE! Home Chef, Hello Fresh, Dinnerly, Every Plate and Marley Spoon.

Like I said, I am having so much fun with these boxes. I learned to make things I would have never thought of on my own, so I'm increasing my "tried" recipe collection. I love how you get a big box of food in the mail and it's everything you need to make three dinners for your family and for us it is actually saving me money because to be honest, we were spending a lot of money eating out because I was so TIRED of cooking the same things over and over again. Yes I had tons of recipes that I always meant to try, but it's a lot different having all the food delivered right to your front door and not having to go shop for it yourself. :)


Ashzaller rated for Traveling sticker book #2 USA on Aug 3, 2020
Comment: <3
basykes rated for Photo Journal - March/April on Jun 12, 2020
Comment: What a great journal. I loved it. Thanks so much. Your coloring app photos were beautiful.
DixieDiane rated for Write On 2020 30 Letters 30 Days on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: I recd your letters and goodies. I sat and read every letter already. I SO ENJOYED them all. I TOTALLY enjoy this swap so much. I hate waiting a whole yr that maybe it will be posted again. Thanks so much. Those teeny tiny paper clips are just the cutest things. Stationery and everything is beautiful. 100 hearts to you
MamaD rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #4 on Apr 21, 2020
Comment: Great card. I look forward to adding to it!!
cmalaina rated for Traveling Sticker book #1 USA on Apr 20, 2020
Comment: I just got it today omg the mail has been taking forever ti get and receive I love it how you did your cover and pages
cmalaina rated for Swaps ~ Dear Winter Diary on Apr 13, 2020
Comment: I love how you did it I didn't even do mine like that you have amazing talent thank you for the goodies as well that you added to the pages I love all the images as well.
DeidreArt rated for First and Last Lines No. 19 on Apr 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
Kokoxo rated for Coloring Collab 2020 #3 on Mar 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the PC, I can't wait to add to it! Happy swapping 💖
Comment: Thank you!
chelle523 rated for Photo Journal on Mar 15, 2020
Comment: I just love your journal! I love the way you put it together. And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who takes photos when we get ice and snow! Take care :)
Comment: Loved the postcard and joke! Here's another one for your son: "What did the stamp say to the envelope?" "Stick with me and you'll go places!" xD
Comment: I did not know Koontz had a show! Thanks so much for the PC Swap with me! I really love it! Very beautiful
Response: I'm sorry. Did I say show? I meant book. But he does have a few movies made from his books. I like Odd Thomas on Netflix.
Comment: Thank you for the foreign PC.
ericabella rated for POSTCARD of LISTS #5 on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard!
Onehotmess rated for J, K & L --SNACK SWAP --USA on Feb 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the goodies!! Also that duct tape is so fun!!
Response: Thank you. I have so much fun with these swaps.
damilola rated for E-swap: 25 Lists! on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lists and the pics, they are showing, huuuuuge !
flowerais rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the information! It was very interesting reading about Ohio.

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yvonne401 on Jun 20, 2020:

Hi Alicia!


Wishing you a fun and safe summer!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on May 25, 2020:

Hi Alicia!

Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Let Memorial Day be a day to count our blessings and remember those who serve to protect our country and our freedom.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Apr 12, 2020:

Hi Alicia!

Wishing you a happy and safe Easter Sunday!

Today is the most important day in everyone’s life. It tells about God’s love and desire to be in relationship with every person, not by dictate, but by choice. To choose to trust, allow Love to flow, to not require intellectual justification and be willing to be vulnerable. Be open to receive all that Jesus opens for you today.

Enjoy a bit of Dr. Seuss so appropriate this unique time.

"How the Virus Stole Easter"

By Kristi Bothur

With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full, Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring, The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.

They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed. “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.

No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest. The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed. “Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.

The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.

The virus still menaced, the people, estranged. “Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.

“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming. “They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!

Their mouths will hang open a minute or two, And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”

So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear. And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.

It started down low, then it started to rise. But the sound wasn’t depressed. Why, this sound was triumphant! It couldn’t be so!

But it grew with abundance! The world stared around, popping its eyes. Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small, Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all! It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine Stood puzzling and puzzling. “Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies, It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.” Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.

“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.

Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.” And what happened then?

Well....the story’s not done.

What will YOU do?

Will you share with that one

Or two or more people needing hope in this night?

Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty - but so is the tomb, And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer, As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.

May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.

May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,

May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.

May 2020 be known as the year of survival,

But not only that -

Let it start a revival.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Mar 19, 2020:

Hi Alicia!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Spring has sprung!

Here's to lots of warm and sunny days to come!

Stay safe, my friend!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Mar 7, 2020:

Hi Alicia!

Daylight Savings Time!

Spring Forward!

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour tonight at 2 AM!

Love and Blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Feb 25, 2020:

yvonne401 on Feb 14, 2020:

Hi Alicia!

Wishing you a Valentine's day filled with love, happiness and chocolate.

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

—Mark Twain

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

yvonne401 on Jan 1, 2020:

Hi Alicia!


On this New Year I wish that you have a superb January, a dazzling February, a Peaceful March, an anxiety free April, a sensational May, and Joy that keeps going from June to November, and then round off with an upbeat December.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Dec 24, 2019:

Hello, i haven't been feeling much up to par to open gifts yet, i will open them before I leave to Ohio. My father is in hospice i am not taking this to well. Merry Christmas God bless you and yours

yvonne401 on Dec 24, 2019:

Hi Alicia!

Have you received Christmas Day 12 from me? I sent you a message but haven't hard back from you.

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

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