Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2017 10:58 pm


Date Joined: February 19, 2013
Last Online: October 16, 2017
Birthday: March 6
Country: United States

About Me

I'm Mary from Manchester Tennessee.

I have a childlike excitement about getting mail. My tiny hometown had an exchange visit with a group of young ladies from Japan when I was a tween. I became friends with one visitor. That resulted in several years of letters, gifts and craft exchanges.

From that experience I know the joy of anticipation, the sensations of the sound of opening an envelope or package , the graphic visual of the postage stamps, writing, cancellation marks or labels, the surprise of the contents .........

Likewise, I love knowing I can send a letter or package to someone, and they will have a similar experience.

Since my senior yr in high school I have worked with children who had developmental delays, then adults with multiple disabilities and next with adults struggling with mental illness for a total of 25 years.

Since 2003 I have been a homemaker. My husband needed me home after a brain injury, Rick's progress was not a steady improvement. It occurred in intermittent leap frog jumps. Hang In there if you know someone with a brain injury.

I do want to credit 4-H club as being a major influence in my life.

--A FAVORITE QUOTE: -- β€œTo hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.” β€”Hermann Hesse

Favorite Music

Pop - Disco - Big Band - Jazz - Blue Grass: The Grasscutters w/ Newell Angel

ARTIST: Andre Bocelli - Maroon 5 - Phil Collins - Enya -Snow Patrol - Iron and Wine- Bread- Perry Como- Celtic Women -Toni Braxton-Paula Cole-Loreena McKennitt- 1D -Lee Brice-Toby Keith-Jimmy Wayne- Carpenters -Paul Davis-Sam Smith- O'G3NE

Concerts 1976-Now: - Air Supply- Eric Clapton-Kristen Chenoweth- Bay City Rollers-Seals and Croft- Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores-Barry Manilow-Moody Blues-Eagles-1D

Favorite Books

Biographies - Historical -Non Fiction

Fiction authors:Jane Austen - Kim Edwards- Daniel Quinn

Favorite Movies

Madam X - Vantage Point - A Murder of Crows

Planes Trains & Automobiles - Serendipity - Sense and Sensibility- Dead Poets Society


10 minute video "Change For A Dollar'' shows what a homeless man did with a few cents at a time out of one dollar in one day. Each tiny kindness shown made a huge difference in each life (some were life altering changes) a no words drama set to music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DXL9vIUbWg

I love the T E D talks (all are 18 min or less)

TED Technology, Entertainment, Design. The best talks from TED are available to the world, for free. 1400 Talks on line. World's most fascinating thinkers and doers are challenged to give " talk of their lives" in 18 minutes Try the 3 min talks to sample TED. There's something for everyone www.ted.com

Favorite Television

NCIS - Flash Point- HGTV- Undercover Boss - BIO channel - I like Science, Nature, Invention and History. I watch The Voice, X Factor in multiple countries on You Tube.



FOR SWAPS: Your creation may become a new favorite on my list. This list is only what I usually gravitate toward in stores when I window shop and/or have used decorating my home.

Travel - Maps - Ships ( all sea faring ships - tall ships- clipper ships and also especially the RMS QM2 ) I DREAM OF GOING TO THE TALL SHIP EVENT AT BOSTON HARBOR

-International flags- Olympic flags- Globes especially the ones with multi national children/adults holding hands- Postage- Mountains- National parks-Monuments- Gates- Doors- Benches- Columns-Metal work-Archs- the Moon- Aurora borealis- Trees- all trees leaves or no leaves

Birds especially owls- Koala bears- Foxes-

CANADA -France-Germany-Japan--England and the UK -Italy- Greece--New Zealand and I love to learn about all other countries

Favorite B/W photographers:

.Dianne Poinski: professional photographer who hand-colors her black and white photographs with PanPastel

Alan Blaustein

Favorite Color Photography: Gabi Gealbhain An Ruadh

Favorite Artists and Watercolorist Kimmi Bui (see her ETSY)

Holly Mitchell

TEA:excited to try new flavors and brands. I have on been on a quest to find the Best Earl Grey tea. I have ordered various brands from EBAY. I would love to about hear your fav EG. Thanks to my partners for tea samples and SB penpals for the samples.

I want to try new teas so introduce me to yours.

NOT INTERESTED IN THESE THEMES OR ITEMS occult--vampires-futuristic-dystopian-zombies-cartoon characters- fast food kid meal toys. - PLEASE NO MASKS or PHOTOS WITH MASKS


I collect stationery from International Hotels and Inns (A friend who travels brought some back for me two years ago. I loved researching the Hotel, the area and attractions. That first stationery had a watermark. I learned watermarks as an identifier on paper can be traced back to the 13th century.

A very special Swap-Bot Friend sent me a treasure chest. I keep my collection of hotel stationery in there. Swap -Bot friends are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!


I love researching so much it is a hobby.

Another indoor hobby is interactive COMPUTER TRAVEL: I travel around the world sitting at my desk using:

www.airpano.com for 360 degree aerial views it is like a helicopter tour and you pilot the helicopter

a non-for-profit project focused on high-resolution spherical panoramas shot from a bird’s eye view. (choose sort by country)

(.dk Denmark.) for ground level views

free website of interactive 360 degree full screen Panoramic Photos of World Destinations, Monuments and Festivals. On most of the screens you can go up and down view with your mouse in addition to the full circle 360 degrees to see the scene behind you. Type in Elves Chasm (at Grand Canyon) in the search box and you'll be hooked. Go to the top of Mount Everest and have a look around. ( If you move mouse too fast you'll get vertigo).

I also watch real time WORLD TRAVEL BY SHIPS at


a very interesting free site for anyone interested tracking ships real-time. It is an open community project hosted by a research team at the University of the Aegean, Greece.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.

The Greek University has stations set up around the world to receive the signals for research purposes and share the tracking capability with the public.

Go the live ocean map and click on a sector. You will see the different type vessels (which are color-coded) as it sits in it's realtime location in the ocean. Click on the icon and see a photo of the ship, check the country of origin flag that are flying, the stats, etc. At my last log on they had 52647 ships on the live map, 474004 vessels in database 1495096 photographs uploaded.

Seasonally, I follow www.viewbirds.com

to watch owls and other birds nest and raise their young on webcams located around the world


LETTERBOXING started in England in 1854. It is an intriguing pastime "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden containers by following clues.

The prize: finding a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp. Many people carve their own unique image but many of us use a store bought rubber stamp.

You use an ink pad to make the image of the found rubber stamp into your personal log book . Then you use your personal rubber stamp with your trail name and image and ink it into the hidden log book. Carefully put the container back in the hiding place. Be discreet so as not to let other people see what you are doing as they do not yet understand the rules and purpose of the hobby.

You will need an outdoor bag, mini back pack fanny pack etc to carry your supplies

My stamp is a snail I bought at Hobby Lobby. My trail name is Snails Pace II. You also need an ink pad and ink pen to write in your trailname, date and your city. ( A compass is optional as most letterboxes do not require a compass.) There are several that are hidden indoors at eateries , libraries and tourist areas so you can still do this in the winter.

www.atlasquest.com for locations by country or city directory, clues, mileage, terrain descriptions, hide/ find rules


Comment: Ha ha ha....love that pc...I am headed for my 4000th cache sometime this year....thanks!
Response: Wow wonder how many miles you walked to find those? I love Zazzle as you can add slogans to post cards. Take Care, Mary
Babytreese rated for Happy Fall, Y'ALL! on Oct 11, 2017
Comment: Hey Mary! We meet again! Thanks for taking the time to share... the post office slapped their postmark over some of your words, but i understood most of it πŸ˜‰sounds like you love fall as much as I do! Cheers, Theresa. πŸŽƒπŸπŸπŸ
Response: Hey Friend, So many PC's I get have no cancellation marks so I thought I could write more. Great to be your partner again!
Comment: Loved the PC, and had to look up Bigelow's image! Thanks for always bringing intrest and joy to my life with your mail!
Response: You are so welcome. I love to swap with you . TIll we meet again - Take Care
Comment: lol I think Im that little guy that walks around with a cloud over his head. lol Only because I think hes adorable. I wonder if he has ducks. lol Sally Brown is adorable too. But Peppermint Patty? lol Shes mean. She'll take your lunch money so you better watch out!
Response: I LIke Peanuts and Charlie Brown too. Tis the season for some of their famous annual shows.
Comment: What a cute postcard! I will look up the recipe you mentioned. I make copper pennies for the kids fairly often, but have never heard of a salad version. One of my favorite recipes this time of year is Couscouse salad with dates, chickpeas, and cinnamon. I also love anything pumpkin, pumpkin bread, muffins, truffles, pies, lattes, eats, lol!
Response: You're comments makes me want to jump up and go make Ginger bread or pumpkin bread -something with fall tastes and smells. To do list grocery shopping and baking asap !
IrishPixie rated for AMMM: Blind Envelope Swap on Oct 2, 2017
Comment: Firstly thank you sooooo much for the beautiful envelope! I opened it so carefully because it's too beautiful not to keep!! Thank you so much for your lovely letter too. I'm so sorry you are dealing with chronic illness too. It can be so lonely when you have an invisible illness. Nobody understands unless they too are going through it. Thank you so much for the other goodies too. I hope you are having a pain free day! Surround yourself with positive people and be your own rainbow🌈🌈 🌈🌈🌈 🌈🌈🌈 🌈🌈🌈 🌈
Response: Really enjoyed your profile and getting to know you . Thanks for those rainbows that's so touching. You're very sweet to write these kind comments. Hope we swap again.
Comment: Cute cute cute! OH! I LOVE Trader Joe's!! It's awesome andi KNOW that pumpkin soup you are referring to and I LOVE IT TOO!! Love this little card! Im using them both in my planner as little place holders! They are just perfect for keeping my spot during my favourite season of all! FALL! x
Response: zazzle is my new hobby with postcards and adding slogans. Glad you are enjoying them. I waited nine months for Fall and it's here, LOL Enjoyed your comments!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment: Hi Mary! LOVE this adorable card! Pumpkin Patch Party Animals -- HAHAHAH!! TOO CUTE!! Thanks for the Copper Penny recipe! Mmm mm GOOD! I'm going to try that! My favorite Fall recipe is Butternut Squash soup.. Ohhh so good - dont have a recipe coz I get it from our local deli LOL October is my favorite month too-- NJ is an amazing place to be in Fall -- the leaves change here and its tremendously beautiful!!! xx Gabi
Response: Butternut Squash Yum want to try it and will look for it. I would like to see a NJ autumn. TN is pretty in the fall but I would love to see other states too. Thx for writing the interesting comments. I enjoy swapping with you
Smiley69 rated for AMMM: Moon Me Mail on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Mary, what a beautiful postcard, I just love it!!! It's adorable, very "whimsical" :-) I appreciate your writing such a long note, I really enjoyed reading it - you seem like a kindred spirit for sure. And the stamp! I was hoping to get one of those! Thank you very much for this wonderful mail :-)
Response: Yay! So glad to have send you the stamp you were needing. You're so sweet to describe it as "Whimsical". It was fun from this end too thanks to your profile! Mary
Comment: Hello Mary - I wish I could give you more stars!! The envelope you created is absolutely gorgeous! I didn't want to open it, but now I'm going to find a way to put it in my junk journal, it's that cool! I also loved all of the goodies you sent. Thanks so much for reading my profile!! <3 :)
Response: Wow the envie will live on in a journal, I'm honored that you want to do that. Great to meet you!
bbsporty rated for AMMM: Ugly/Unwanted Washi envie on Sep 12, 2017
Comment: Mary, this is one ugly envie! LOL! I do wonder who designs some of these tapes. I haven't seen a lot of them before but I like the blue marble one. Thank you so much for all the little bits and pieces that you so generously stuffed into that envie! I'm sure I'll be able to use every last one! I especially love getting your letter! It's always nice to catch up with a friend!
Response: It was a LOL swap from the start. I was so happy to get you so I could send some paper goods that you would magically turn into art. Hugs Mary
Babytreese rated for How are you? on Sep 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for all the smiles Mary! That envie was awesome!! Truly the best I've seen! Very impressed by the way you packaged everything too...very nice my dear...very nice! Thanks for everything and I wish you continued good health!
Response: My pleasure and I hope we swap again. Thank you for the fast rating and kind comments.
Comment: A beautiful heart mug! All those hearts the irony...huh? A thousand hearts!
Response: Two more items on the way from EBAY but mug came early so BOLO You are so welcome and I got it at Irony R Us
Comment: Thank you so much for this postcard of a real dog, Mary, and with such a nice note, too! I don't often watch dog movies. I'm always too afraid that the dog won't survive, so it's best to just stay away. ;-) My MOST favorite Pixar film is WALL-E. I've watched it so many time it holds no secrets from me. :-) That's neat that your son and his family moved to Moses Lake. How are they liking it? (I remember Moses Lake. It's an interesting place!) :-) And that quote you shared, I'm pretty sure my Max thinks I'm a pest, because I know that's how I think of him sometimes! :-) Thank you so much for sharing! :-) <3
Response: Son and fam love Moses Lake- Yay Wall-E . Happy I got you as a partner. Thk for rating and comments!
fbresnah rated for WIYM: CAT postcard customized ~ USA on Aug 30, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice card! My cats say hi!
Response: MEOW right back at your fur babies. Thanks to you for your rating and comments.
marinda rated for WIYM: Aliens in August postcard on Aug 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the delightful postcard! It really made my day. :-) You must be a kindred spirit.
Response: Kindred sounds great-always nice to met new people -Thanks for writing comments on the rating :)
Comment: aND 1000 hearts to you too. Yet, no heart. Strange. Come to the other side, Mary, come......lololololol
Response: Thanks for the heart β™₯ and LOL β™ͺβ™«β˜Όβ—Šβ˜Ί
Comment: Frun swap, great card; sorry no heart just to annoy you from far, far away.
Response: LOL You made me wait a day on the heart -Priceless! Hugs and THX
Comment: You do some of the best postcards ever!
Response: AH!!! Thanks you are so kind. Thank you for telling me about Zazzle and all it's perk of adding text to items.
Comment: I apologize for not rating sooner. I thought I had done so already. Thank you for the lovely envelope :) have a great summer!
Response: Thanks for the 5 heart and comments.

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Heirloom on Sep 13, 2017:

Mary, thanks so much for the postcard! It was such a nice surprise. Hope you're doing well!

dawnielynn on Sep 11, 2017:

Mary, I received your 'un' Birthday package today! Decorated envie, thoughtful note, labels, washi AND the stamp!

What a wonderful package, thanks so much!

MsRose on Sep 6, 2017:

πŸ’πŸ’– Thank you so much friend for your lovely Mary πŸ˜‡Mail Package πŸ’–πŸ’ Love everything !!!
Hugs Cheryl πŸ₯

djcamp04 on Aug 21, 2017:

Mary, I loved your postcard! Makes me wish we were neighbors! Girl, we could talk for hours πŸ˜„. Thank you so much for your kindness. πŸ’œβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’œβ€οΈπŸ’œ

tcornell on Aug 19, 2017:

Thank you for the kind and thoughtful note that you sent me for the SEKS group! I am out of the hospital now and working on getting better. Hugs!

allthingsregency on Aug 7, 2017:

What a wonderful surprise to receive your beautiful box today full of birthday gifts! I haven't opened them yet and will save them to open on my birthday. Thank you so much my friend for thinking of me!!! Hugs.

allthingsregency on Aug 1, 2017:

Thanks for being such a wonderful friend to me! You have blessed my life in so many ways!

allthingsregency on Jul 4, 2017:

I hope you have a wonderful day!

LindaW on Jun 16, 2017:

HI! I hope you are doing well. Summer is quickly here. Looking forward to receiving a letter from you.


Heirloom on Jun 8, 2017:

Stopping by to say "hello!"

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