Swap-bot Time: November 17, 2017 2:50 pm


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: November 17, 2017
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

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, with mirror entries on Blogspot since 2007.

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 52 years (as of 6/17) and 2 dogs, who let us think we are in charge until they can develop opposable thumbs. We are all (humans and dogs) retired.

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--good thing we went when we did because it may be awhile before that becomes a tourist destination again! I spent six wonderful weeks in Australia in 2003. I still want to take the inland passage to Alaska and a train ride across the Canadian Rockies.

Love seeing new places and meeting new people! I am pro-choice and support 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, NO), Criminal Minds, Madam Secretary, Scandal, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Designated Survivor, Grey's Anatomy (and any good medical drama), Amazing Race, This is Us, Whose Line Is It Anyway Rizzoli & Isles and many of the Food Nework shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (though Trevor Noah is growing on me), The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Breaking Bad, Northern Exposure, Picket Fences and so many others.

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.


ttbishop rated for Randomness Journal on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing it with me! I really enjoyed looking at it. Your cotton ball bear made me smile :-D
shinyserra rated for US Only: Unusual Journal Swap on Oct 23, 2017
Comment: What a great journal! Thank you so much. I just got it and flipped through some of it and I love it already. I will take time and read it all the way through tonight. It looks like you had a lot of fun putting it all together!
Response: so glad you liked it...I DID have a lot of fun putting it together!
reader44ever rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 19, 2017
Comment: Bev! First off, thank you for including YouTube links to all of the songs on your list. I enjoyed listening to them. And I'm glad you found a "dirty" song to share! I had no idea "Greased Lightning" had lyrics like THAT! (I hope you don't mind, but I used this song in my swap - I credited you! - as I think I saw that movie when I was young and I had NO IDEA that that's what they were singing!) :-O Speaking of dirty lyrics, though, “Hasa Diga Eebowai” from “Book of Mormon”? My word! :-O My favorite of all the songs on your list, though, would probably have to be “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” That song was such fun! :-) Also, what a great memory to have of your son; that video of him performing "The Kite" is wonderful! :-) Thank you so much for sharing! <3
Response: So glad you enjoyed the list!!
chaari rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for the list! Lots of cool known and unknown songs! ♥
Comment: I already told you this, but you were a week late without notifying your partners and that's why I can't rate you higher. I enjoyed the mail you sent though, the painting is beautiful and your dog is cute :) I'm sorry about your son, but it's nice to have his picture on the wall so thanks for sharing. EDIT: You managed to log in twice during this time but couldn't manage to send a note you'd be late? You Also had like a week to do this in general. Also, I've not rated you down before, you can check your ratings yourself.
Response: I guess you didn't read my comment that I was 400 miles away from home and had only spotty internet access on my cell phone. But...whatever. This is the second time you have rated me low for something insignificant.
lynnpinkdaisy rated for Just Randomness on Oct 13, 2017
Comment: I really loved everything you sent in your package!
HappyMom rated for ESG: Musicals Q & A on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Oh my gosh - loved your answers! I should have used "Tomorrow" for my answer there too - how funny! As soon as I read that, I cracked up!
KSENiA rated for ESG: your home - photo scavenger hunt on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Sagebrushs rated for Halloween Card US #3 on Oct 7, 2017
Comment: Cute card, thank you and Happy Halloween.
ChristineOMFG rated for penpals for life on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Just got your letter! I can't wait to respond :) ♥♥♥
dannitheawsome rated for 3 Things In An Envelope #6 on Sep 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter! I loved it so much, I think I will send a reply (if thats okay with you) ! I loved everything inside as well. Thanks again!
Response: I would love to hear from you. Glad you enjoyed the goodies.
ladyaduial rated for August 2017 Journal Swap on Sep 18, 2017
Comment: Beautiful journal! You have a great eye for a kind of scrapbook journal. Love it!
AllThingsCraftyy rated for Just Randomness on Sep 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you!!
Comment: Thank you : ) the leopard print is so me!
maceypeach rated for the 15 questions-swap #10 on Aug 23, 2017
Comment: Hey Bev , You are probably looking at this rating thinking... Seriously?! It has been over a year! I'm sorry for such a ridiculously late rating. When I signed up for this swap I had a lot going on in my personal life and got off track. (Something I'm not proud of.) I went back and found your email. I enjoyed your answers. If I had to eat a worm I would definitely go with deep fried too. Haha. Have a good day! :)
Response: LOL. Better late than never. Thanks! (Shuddering thinking about those worms....)
Germanbaby77 rated for SSUSA: Papers on Aug 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great variety of papers!
WoodlandBanshee rated for New pen pal August Edition on Aug 16, 2017
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely little package. What a treat! I look so forward to chatting with you through letters. I will respond very soon.
peaceandlove rated for Goodies 4 ME & YOU!!!! End July on Aug 13, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the sweet hot air balloon postcard! I appreciate that you sent a profile specific postcard when the swap didn't require it. I like how you put a little picture of yourself on the card - what a cute idea! In answer to you question, I've never been anywhere near a real hot air balloon - I wish I had. Maybe someday.

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OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


ReadMoreBooks33 on May 20, 2017:

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HappyMom on Mar 31, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your Gratitude List!

jukejan on Feb 20, 2017:

Happy Birthday, Bev. Sorry my wish is late!

bjmonroe on Nov 23, 2016:

jukejan on Oct 10, 2016:

It looks like you can use a nice big hug.((HUG))

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

theaterfan23 on May 6, 2016:

ESG: My Favorite Picture of the Month April

All of these pictures I have saved to my phone so I have them whenever I need a little boost. I try to pick a theme each month to mediate on so I made my theme for April "Balance"

I chose this photo to remind me to keep all aspects of my life in balance:


I chose this photo of one of my favorite John Lennon quotes as a reminder to choose happines and that happiness is an integral part of a balanced life:


I also chose this photo of a baby elephant because I love elephants and this fun photo helps during those moments when I feel out of balance:


chaari on Apr 27, 2016:

Just Because

Thanks for being a part of my group! :)

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