Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2018 7:58 pm


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: January 18, 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 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.


MamaMangrove rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #58 on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the Bob Marley card & for sending it in an envie. We are of the same vintage but, unlike you, I have neither spouse nor pet in my life. Just me, muddling along as an analog gal in a digital world...
Inez rated for End of Year Questions 2017 Edition on Jan 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
squince rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #58 on Jan 17, 2018
Comment: My favorite card set!
Comment: Thank you for your reflection of 2017! I wish you a wonderful New Year full of opportunities and health! All the best!
Comment: Thanks for your interesting responses. I share your deep concern and pain about #45. Wishing you well this year
Comment: I am so glade that your Christmas made you very happy!! I am not a big Star Wars fan either!!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing!!! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas :)
Comment: Thank you for sending your answers, I enjoyed reading them. All the best for 2018
reader44ever rated for ESG: Your Christmas Tree on Dec 30, 2017
Comment: Thanks for sharing your Christmas tree, Bev! Having a small tree with just meaningful ornaments on it is a great idea! I hope you and yours had a merry Christmas. Happy New Year, too! Thank you! ❤
Lorellie rated for ESG: Your Christmas Tree on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Your tree is beautiful, both in look and sentimental value. Happy New Year!
HappyMom rated for ESG: Your Christmas Tree on Dec 23, 2017
Comment: So pretty - thanks Bev!
Candace rated for Send 2 Christmas Cards on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: What an adorable card! Thank you!
Yakima1955 rated for Send 2 Christmas Cards on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: I hope this is the correct swap as you forgot to add it. Merry Christmas
Response: Sorry! I'm usually s good about that! Thanks for your note.
gmasusie rated for NYUP USA Only #33 on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: Love the Norman Rockwell PC you sent. Thank you. Merry Christmas.
SilverD rated for NYUP USA Only #33 on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: I've been to a couple of balloon regattas also and got to go up in one for being on there team and helping to unfold and fold the balloon.
dawnakaulen rated for NYUP USA Only #33 on Dec 19, 2017
Comment: Cute kitty PC, thank you!
kpfree rated for FF50-Quick Christmas Card Swap-USA on Dec 16, 2017
Comment: Thanks Bev for the Christmas Card and warm greetings! Happy Holidays Bev!
Hsing rated for Just Randomness on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Dear Bev, Thank you so much for the mail! Happy Holidays :-D --Jess
spicemom rated for Christmas Survey on Dec 10, 2017
Comment: Hi Bev Thank you for the nice answers I enjoyed reading them spicemom
Arabella rated for Pick 3 Swap on Nov 28, 2017
Comment: Great swap, Bev!! Love the crow pc, of course! And love that you used the crow/raven stamp on the envelope!!! Thank you so much for the other used stamps and the stickers and skull and spider!! Love them, too!!!

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OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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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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