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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: August 19, 2018
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 an obnoxious Chihuahua who has, over the last 8 years or so managed to train us very well.

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 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 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, Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Madam Secretary, Scandal, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Call the Midwife, Designated Survivor, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, This is Us, Rizzoli & Isles and many of the Food Network 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.


Ratings

MitchR rated for ESG: Twenty Questions - August on Aug 19, 2018
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Comment: Great answers to the questions. I'm not a fan of summer either.
videolady2150 rated for Something from your work on Aug 14, 2018
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TrishaLSmith rated for Vacation Postcard 2018!! on Aug 11, 2018
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Comment: I LOVE DISNEY!! I grew up visiting Disneyland on a regular basis when I lived in California. When I was 7 we moved to Florida and I've been a Walt Disney World passholder for 6 years. It recently expired, but I am looking forward to renewing soon.
mariewilliams810 rated for Vacation Postcard 2018!! on Aug 8, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing.
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Comment: I love the pictures you shared! I've never heard of anything like a toad hollow before, but it's thoughtful. haha. I really liked the snipet of history you gave. Thank you for sharing! :)
mermaidery rated for ESG: Favorite Photo - June on Jul 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing!
sierraispure rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! (:
Ky rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 11, 2018
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Comment: Thanks so much!
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Comment: It sounds like you have compassionate and considerate children who care deeply for you and your mother. My dad had Alzheimer's Disease, so I know the challenges in terms of communication. That's wonderful that your daughter is able to reach your mom at the place she is at mentally right now. Sorry to hear about your health challenges. I hope you start healing and feeling better soon!
SheilaRae rated for Instagram Junkie on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: So happy to be Instagram friends with you!
Candace rated for June 2018 Journal Swap on Jul 8, 2018
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Comment: I enjoyed reading your journal; I actually avoid the news as much as possible these days because it infuriates me too!
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Comment: I love your positive attitude, and so glad you had a great visit with Jeri!
chapter80 rated for Bookworms & Pen Pals on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: I love your letter and found it interesting about your family. Can't wait to write you back. Thanks again.
Jjean rated for ESG: Favorite Photo - June on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing such sweet photos...… love the smiles.
elkalsa rated for ESG: Favorite Photo - June on Jul 1, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing happy smiles :)
astrodogg rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 30, 2018
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Comment: Thx!
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grdakim rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the cute quote! Your handwriting is lovely! :)

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Comments

grammypammy on Mar 6, 2018:

jukejan on Feb 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday to you!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!

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HappyMom on May 4, 2017:

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HappyMom on Mar 31, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your Gratitude List!
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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:

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