Swap-bot Time: June 6, 2023 9:44 am


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: June 6, 2023
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

I have a #1 rating for a swap I have sent to Malalysia TWICE and even have a .jpg of the last time I sent it, but my partner won't respond to my messages. How do I get rid of the #1?

I am a sedentary type (because I am large sized!), who is a TV addict and avid reader. I love writing, internet, movies. Love writing letters. Have kept a daily blog since 2000--more than 8,000 entries

Raised 5 children and have two granddaughters, born in 2008 and 2011. I sponsor several children around the world with Compassion International

Live with husband of 57 years (as of 6/26=22), our son and his wife, and our lap dog, Bubba..

Walt saved for travel in our retirement and we have traveled a bit in the last few years. England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Russia, China, Istanbul, a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, and Ukraine. I spent six wonderful weeks in Australia in 2003. I will never make my dream trip, now -- a photo safari in Africa. My body couldn't handle it any more.

Love seeing new places and meeting new people! I am pro-choice and supported Marriage Equality, but have a good friend who is vehemently opposed to both and we are still friends, so I am polite to those with whom I disagree. Just don't try to convert me...and I won't try to convert you.

Favorite Books

  • "East of Eden" (and all Steinbeck)
  • "Prince of Tides" (Pat Conroy)
  • "The Mother Tongue" (Bill Bryson)

  • Any Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Vince Flynn, Patricia Cornwell (when she was good), David Baldacci, James Patterson (before he became a book-writing factory and the quality dipped way down)

  • Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series

  • I like biographies and autobiographies and really any good story.

Favorite Television

Outlander, Stephen Colbert, Jeopardy, NCIS (and LA), Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Big Bang Theory, The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Designated Survivor, Schitt's Creek, Northern Exposure and so many others.

Big fan of Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper.

Postcards I like

  • Animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants, whales.
  • Inge Look
  • Babies (human or animal)
  • Australian scenes
  • African scenes
  • Russia scenes
  • China Scenes
  • Van Gogh
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Smiley faces
  • Ocean scenes
  • Judy Garland
  • Anything showing books, writing, or typewriters
  • Theaters (inside or out)
  • Anything that makes you go "awww"
  • funny cards
  • "message" cards

Things I Love

  • The color red
  • Irish and Scottish things
  • All animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants and whales
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Washi tape
  • Rubber stamps on wood blocks
  • Stamp pads
  • Rainbows
  • Vintage music & movies (40s and 50s)
  • Show music
  • World music
  • Stickers, any kind
  • Peanuts stuff (love Snoopy)
  • Muppets stuff
  • books
  • audio books
  • strawberries (the fruit, the scent, the color)
  • I'm addicted to juice oranges and mandarins

Things I'm not so fond of

  • tea (it's ok, but not a favorite)
  • licorice
  • dark chocolate
  • Anything Goth
  • Religious stuff
  • Violence of any kind
  • tattoos
  • jewelry (I wear very little)
  • make-up (I don't wear it)
  • the color orange (I don't wear it)
  • Heavy metal
  • Prejudice of any kind, particularly homophobia
  • Cruelty to any animals
  • Donald Trump

Favorite Foods

Because my latest swap includes food, recipes, etc, here is a list of some of my favorite foods

  • milk chocolate
  • pastries
  • Dungeness crab
  • Mexican food
  • Chinese food
  • fruits (especially strawberries, pineapple, bananas, fresh oranges)
  • artichokes
  • avocados
  • popcorn
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts & Toasted almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peet's French Roast Coffee

Did you not receive my swap?

A beautiful comment borrowed from ( Kvwanderlost ) , which I am adding after a particularly nasty comment I received:

I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby.

Also, before getting angry about something sent "3 hours late," consider that there are personal things going on in other people's lives, and cut them a little slack.


Princessredtights rated for Ugly PC Swap #72 on Jun 5, 2023
Comment: I can't believe you've been to Beaverton! I was in Idaho when Mt St Helen erupted. PS: this card doesn't qualify as "ugly" IMHO. Thank you
lulu0621 rated for National Pen Pal Day - USA only on Jun 5, 2023
Comment: Hello, Bev! Your wonderful letter arrived today, and it was such a pleasure to read. 🌟 Thank you! 💫
junemoon rated for TELL ME #36 on Jun 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the PC -- love Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. Yes, I imagine it would have been comforting to share your mother's care with a sibling. For my part I had a brother and wished I was an only child.
cherlita rated for What did you watch? May 2023 on Jun 3, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your watch list with me. Everything on your list is new to me, except A Man called Otto. It's been sitting in my watch list for a while..
Comment: Bev -- If I could give you two hearts for this, I would! I loved the letter about your relationship with food. It is such a fun adventure! I can totally relate to having a huge cookbook collection... I downsized recently but keep a "family cookbook binder" of printed recipes and copies of handwritten family recipes (sorted by protein/category) and it is my GO TO for meal planning. Also - french roast is the best. Try out Mayorga's Cuban Roast.. it's so smooth and delicious. It's the only coffee we make at home. Thanks for the swap! :)
debbiespoms rated for What did you watch? May 2023 on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: I think I've seen just about all on your list. Especially A Man called Otto. OMG, I love this movie and I plan to watch it again. As I love Tom Hanks! Thanks so much for sharing. Also, I didn't even know there was another site that's similar to Youtube called "Gan Jing". I know you didn't introduce me to this site. But you sort of did, by via email with "A Man called Otto". So, Thanks so much and I already signed up for it and love it! Some of the movies I haven't seen yet and plan to look them up and watch them.
Response: So glad you enjoyed my list.
mchesser12 rated for TELL ME #36 on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and sharing about your sister.
Mountaingirl82 rated for What did you watch? May 2023 on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: Oh you watched a man called Otto. How did you like it ? I have read the book and I want to watch the movie too. Reacher looks good too. It seems I can only find a series here on prime. I will check that :) Thanks for joining my swap and you are welcome to join June too :)
Response: I loved Man Called Otto. I also saw Man Called Ove a few years ago, but the two are different enough that both are excellent.
octobereve930 rated for TELL ME #36 on Jun 1, 2023
Comment: pretty card thank you. 5/31
TaraBird rated for 10 ON THE 10TH (MAY 2023) on May 31, 2023
RaspberryRobot rated for 30 Stickers #7 on May 31, 2023
Comment: Ty for the sweet letter and all of the amazing stickers!!
cowboypoodle rated for Alphabet Songs #14 - N on May 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I enjoyed listening to your songs :-) also we both had talking heads on our lists!
cherlita rated for Alphabet Songs #14 - N on May 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the songs, these are all new to me - except Nessun Dorma. Just heard it a couple of days ago!
myancey rated for Alphabet Songs #14 - N on May 30, 2023
Comment: Thanks never heard that John Denver song and I enjoyed it
Newlybird17 rated for MJS: Mini Magpie Journal Swap on May 27, 2023
Comment: WOW!! Bev, what an amazing journal you made! Thank you so very much, every page is a delight, it's so much fun to look through. You have a great technique, everything looks so clean and crisp. You gave me lots of new ideas, I just went through my "discarded" ephemera. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank you for this treasure! It made my weekend! : )
Response: That's the best review I've ever received! Thanks...and I'm glad you enjoyed the journal.
Candace rated for PC ME #12 on May 23, 2023
Comment: Love the toast sticker :)
Comment: I love the dinosaur card!!! And I need to see Wicked. Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the Star Trek characters postcard and sharing your awesome list of famous duos.
paperlover rated for 10 ON THE 10TH (MAY 2023) on May 21, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the smiley face postcard and stickers of sweets

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HelenG6 on May 11, 2023:

Basykes, please contact Admin about this, or the moderator of the swap. Hopefully this will be resolved. Some swapper are challenging.

mejulia on Feb 17, 2023:

Happy Birthday my friend, I hope your day was super fantastical.

Snaileditcrafts on May 30, 2022:

Simple Summer Swap! Thanks for joining! p

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

lambchoppy on Jan 29, 2020:

Hi there! Promoting a PC swap I'm hosting if you're interested. Have a nice day!

Sticker PC Swap #12 - USA ONLY

yvonne401 on Oct 2, 2019:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!



stiffneck78 on May 8, 2019:

Profile check! Enjoy your day.

kpfree on Mar 7, 2019:

Hi Bev! This is Kyra and your penpal for the January February March Penpal swap. Your letter is going out today! Ive enjoyed tremendously our correspondence. I am sending you a belated birthday wish and to many more wonderful experiences in your life! Bye for now! Kyra

kpfree on Jan 15, 2019:

Hi Bev! Kyra here and your penpal for the Jan-Feb-Mar 2019 letter swap arrived today. Thank you for the 2 interesting postcards you included. THe egghead postcard up close was very interesting! Enjoyed very much a bit about who you are and your likes and dislikes as well as how things are for you right now! Awesome! Will be writing back and chatting with you. Will write something this week for you and mail it out. If you want you can read my profile to get a small snapshot of my beingness in the world. It was fun to connect with you! Enjoyed seeing the washi coffee or tea cups tape across the back flap of the envie!

tamtamlee on Jan 4, 2019:

Happy New Year Bev!

January Letter went out today for the "January, February, March 2019 Letters"

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