Swap-bot Time: July 22, 2024 1:35 pm


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: July 22, 2024
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

NOTICE 10/18--I received a great postcard of a dog from S. Jersey and I don't see either the name of the swap or the name of the sender. (Love the PC...I'd like to rate you!)

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. I am the author/co-author of two books about a theater company in San Francisco. (I love that I can look myself up in the Library of Congress!)

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 59 years (as of 6/26-24), 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)
  • Dewey, the Library Cat
  • 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, *The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NCIS* , Criminal Minds, Call the Midwife, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: Big Bang Theory, NCIS-LA, The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Downton Abbey, 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
  • Washi tape
  • 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

Favorite Music

I have eclectic tastes in music. My favorite music is probably show music, since I have reviewed musicals for so many years and know most of them.

I also like classical music, especially the big 3 (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms), but also chamber music. Not a big fan of opera but love Gilbert & Sullivan.

In more popular music, I grew up with music from the 30s and 40s (Bing Crosby, Andrews Sisters, etc.) and went through adolescence in the 50s but didn't much like rock. My favorites are still the 30s, 40s and 50s but I love John Denver.

My kids were in a rock band for 10 years and introduced me to a lot of their favorite music, so I enjoy some of that too, though don't have any favorites (except the band Lawsuit, of course)

And I am a big fan of Steve Schalchlin. If you don't know him, check him out on YouTube.


Gamanana0022 rated for Any PC Hello #12 USA on Jul 21, 2024
Comment: Wow...you card must have been around the world and back again but it finally made it to my box. Thankyou for the pretty bird card:)
inventacharm rated for Ugly PC Swap #84 on Jul 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you!
Rateliff rated for Something Local to You PC Swap #6 on Jul 19, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the cool sculpture card! I think it's interesting thst the angry one's facial features are a lot less defined than the others. How interesting 🤔🤗🤗
Comment: I love this card! Very special. And, I used to visit UC Davis regularly to walk the Arboretum Trail when I lived in Fairfield :) Small world, and thank you for taking me back there with this card. Best wishes :)
Comment: Thank you for the sheep card! I love it!
catlingmex rated for Black & White Postcard Swap #6 on Jul 17, 2024
Comment: Lovely old Chinese image, thank you!
CraftyGirlie rated for Just Randomness on Jul 16, 2024
Comment: I loved all the goodies but the note was especially sweet! Thank you!
Comment: thanks
TryshaH81 rated for CPG: ABCs of Me #14 🇺🇸 on Jul 15, 2024
Comment: I had to figure out which ABC's of me this one was for as there wasnt a number. Thank you! San Fransico is a beautiful place I hope to visit one day!
Stampalia rated for CPG-This or That Postcard #9-US on Jul 14, 2024
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answer on the elephant postcard. I like online shopping, too!
Comment: Thank you! :)
zurdoswifey rated for Blind Envie Swap Summer 3 of 4 on Jul 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you 🙂
sixaguilars rated for USA Postcard Pal - June on Jul 11, 2024
Comment: It was nice getting postcards from you weekly. This was a fun swap.
whirlwend rated for Senders Choice X3 #2 USA on Jul 11, 2024
Comment: Thanks so much, Bev! I loved the Peanuts gang stickers and the black cat magnet bookmark especially!
Shellyr rated for CPG July '24 Senders Choice PC - US on Jul 10, 2024
Comment: Thanks
ch23 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Cat vs Dog PC #3 - Global on Jul 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you Bev for this sweet puppy! It brought a smile to my family's face. I was crossing my fingers for a dog card, so you made my day. That is so great of you to help all those dogs. I've had 2 dogs and hope to get another, but I cannot commit at this time. Have a great day!
Comment: Thanks for the book recommendation! You have me sold, I'll have to check it out!
Comment: Thanks for the great card and for joining the swap! Have a great rest of the summer!
Comment: Great list! You have a chef and a shopper. Good for you-- although I don't mind the shopping, except prices go up every week.

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Frodogaggins on Dec 26, 2023:

Thank you so so much for the Address labels! I love them <3!!!!!

Snaileditcrafts on Dec 16, 2023:

Thank you for joining the swap that I am hosting! Congratulations for being on the nice list! Merry Christmas!

spinweaver on Dec 12, 2023:

Hi Bev! Thanks for your lovely letter, so Christmas-y! As for my animals, I get most of them from the wild animal rehabilitation hospital here in Kansas City. But I'm also listed on a nationwide wildlife rehabber list (by state and county) whereby citizens can contact me directly. Thats where I got the 10 tiny opossums- a lady heard a doggy commotion and when she checked, she found a few babies in the grass-then a few more- then a few more! No mother however. I think the dog picked up and shook the mother sending all the babies flying, and she ran off. This is my quiet season and I do enjoy relaxing! But- right now I have a house sparrow who flew into a window and really hit his head. It has been a bit over a week, and he's only just now looking capable of handling freedom. Merry Christmas!

marinda on Aug 23, 2023:

Thank you so much for all the lovely green items in my mailbox! They are lovely. It really made my day!

nomadmama on Aug 14, 2023:

I couldn't wait until the end of the month to say thank you! The letter and address labels were great, but I got the adorable reversible corgi today and knew I couldn't wait! Thank you so much! I really appreciate the effort you have already put into this swap! Tiffany Happy Mailbox all Month August

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

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