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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: June 24, 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

VASaint rated for Touristy Postcard Swap USA #5 on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Loooove it! That you so much for the awesome PC from Russia/Armenia. It's also a UNESCO site!
CWarner rated for Touristy Postcard Swap USA #5 on Jun 24, 2018
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Comment: Love the Barcelona card, Bev - thanks very much! My Mom had more than one friend that told me after she passed away that they were surprised she did not become a nun. She married late at 33 and had 5 kids, yours truly being the 4th. She did have 2 cousins who were sisters who both became sisters though! thanks again, Carol in Denver
nytetears rated for Touristy Postcard Swap USA #5 on Jun 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much for the great card. I do suggest you put the full swap name on the card though It took me a long time to go through all my 'touristy pc' swaps to find your name :)
Eclectonote rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 16, 2018
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Comment: Hey neighbor, thanks for the Wayne Thiebaud postcard!
ArtExpress rated for Paper Bomb on Jun 14, 2018
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Comment: thanks 4 the great selection of papers :-)
katmandu rated for TRANSPORT POSTCARD SWAP -JUNE on Jun 11, 2018
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Comment: Love the PC! I've never been on a ferry but have always wanted to; maybe one day soon. I keep reading about them and find that kind of travel so cool. I'm currently reading a book set in Sacramento and it also talks about the heat! We're in the mid 90's here too. Thank you!
alisonriann rated for Chunk O Cardboard - June 2018 on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: Got the cardboard in the mail. tehee! Thank you for the Star Trek Stamp!
clutterfree rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 8, 2018
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Comment: Bev...Thanks for the humorous PC...and the note...what fun to be a movie critic...I'm lucky if I get to the movies a couple times a year! May your day be like the blooming, majestic sunflowers you get to enjoy in season!!...hugs, Charlene
lovesreward rated for Cat Postcard Swap USA #1 on Jun 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the cute Yoga cat card, I have a few of these in my collection, but not this one yet, so it's purrrfect! I still need to catch up on Homeland - I am behind in many shows... but I've been away on vacation and my social calendar is filling up so not much time for "tv" (thankfully). I hope you have a wonderful day - I think it's awesome that you are a theatre critic, I bet you've seen some doozies over the year! Take care! :)
pernie123 rated for NYUP USA Only #39 on Jun 7, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for interesting card. Certainly, a different scene. Here,summer at last.
Marykstaveness rated for Country Name Postcard #2 on May 29, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the Croatia postcard!
Cupcake436 rated for Just Randomness on May 25, 2018
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turtlelove84 rated for ESG: 26 Things About Me on May 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself with me, it was a pleasure to read.
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Comment: I'm so sorry for the delay in rating. I just found your swap in a tote bag that I haven't used in awhile. And I definitely think that a dinosaur counts as an usual animal. Lol
christy102194 rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #1 on May 20, 2018
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Comment: Will have to fix my Goodreads setting, thanks for the heads up!
aspens rated for Animal Postcard Swap USA #1 on May 18, 2018
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Comment: Wow, thank you for the postcard & stamps that match my interests. That was very thoughtful of you and it certainly made for some very happy mail. What a dream to constantly encounter works by Thiebaud, haha! Thank you!
kssunlover1947 rated for Cat Postcard Swap USA #1 on May 15, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the great card. I have sent most of those cards for swaps so great to have one for myself. I have never read your friends book but I will find it and read it when I can.
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Comment: Thank you for your letter, Bev! I'll answer to it later this week :D
pennywhistler rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on May 14, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your photos. I love Polly the dog!
marles rated for Fun 2018 Email Swap #6 on May 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks!

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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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ReadMoreBooks33 on May 20, 2017:

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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