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basykes

basykes
Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: April 19, 2019
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

  • CHOCOLATE!!!
  • 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

sweetsaltfish rated for Scatts PC Swap - O - US only on Apr 15, 2019
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Comment: thanks for your interesting letter Bev. I too expressed the same concern about the Young Sheldon actor outgrowing his role when I wrote my letter!
Sacovey rated for SCATTS PC Swap - M - US Only on Apr 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you! I loved your answers and the Postcard!
Noodles84 rated for Not your country PC on Apr 2, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the awesome stamps. My two puppies have me fairly well trained as well!
freespirit66 rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 31, 2019
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Comment: That's a lovely sky photo; and a great photo of you and your mom. I had to laugh when I saw the peanut butter photo for smooth. That's such a perfect image for that prompt!
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Comment: Thanks for the insta-love (and sorry for the late rate!) - glad you liked the picture of my scones! It's gotten cold here now so I'm thinking it might be a chance to make them again this weekend. I hope you enjoyed the swap.
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kpfree rated for January, February, March 2019 Letters on Mar 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you Bev for the letters that were filled with interesting snippets of your life as it unfolded during these months. Thank you for all the goodies that you sent me as well. May you always remember to be your own Chrysalis....May life continue to be good to you! .
Response: Thanks. I enjoyed writing to you.
Camiliann rated for NYUP USA Only #45 on Mar 25, 2019
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Comment: Thanks
kittyfun rated for SCATTS PC Swap - K - US Only on Mar 25, 2019
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ginico rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 25, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your lovely photos, so happy your mother is settling in, it must be such a relief for you
Response: It definitely is!!!
HappyMom rated for ESG: March Scavenger Hunt on Mar 25, 2019
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Comment: Your pictures made me so happy to see! Using Frankie Avalon was GENIUS! Great job 😀
SeleneW rated for MAGPIE JOURNAL on Mar 23, 2019
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Comment: Thank you so much for this very fun Magpie! I love all the fun stuff you included on the pages. It was great to turn through and see all the little bits of ephemera. I think my favorite inclusion was the brigade of fire fighters needed to free a fat rat from a manhole cover in Germany.
Eulegirl rated for Poem in your Pocket on Mar 21, 2019
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Comment: I love the cat postcard!! I like the poem a lot, too. Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you for the message with the list. Gonna have some banges and mash with kimchee now! lol.
Inkeltje rated for Not your country PC on Mar 19, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful theatre. It looks awesome! Definitely a place to visit when we go to Naples 😉. You write for newspapers, I work at an advertising agency...and we post ads in newspapers.
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Comment: Thanks for the list. I actually listen few of your picks already ;)
Eulegirl rated for SCATTS PC SWAP - J - US Only on Mar 18, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the Japan card and answers
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Comment: Thank you for sharing! You Must Remember This & Stuff You Should Know sound very interesting, so I will be checking those out.
BeHappyToday rated for NYUP USA Only #45 on Mar 13, 2019
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Comment: It’s been raining a lot here as well. It’s actually starting to see like spring. March has come like a lion. Thank u for the musical PC!

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Comments

kpfree on Mar 7, 2019:

Hi Bev! This is Kyra and your penpal for the January February March Penpal swap. Your letter is going out today! Ive enjoyed tremendously our correspondence. I am sending you a belated birthday wish and to many more wonderful experiences in your life! Bye for now! Kyra

kpfree on Jan 15, 2019:

Hi Bev! Kyra here and your penpal for the Jan-Feb-Mar 2019 letter swap arrived today. Thank you for the 2 interesting postcards you included. THe egghead postcard up close was very interesting! Enjoyed very much a bit about who you are and your likes and dislikes as well as how things are for you right now! Awesome! Will be writing back and chatting with you. Will write something this week for you and mail it out. If you want you can read my profile to get a small snapshot of my beingness in the world. It was fun to connect with you! Enjoyed seeing the washi coffee or tea cups tape across the back flap of the envie!

tamtamlee on Jan 4, 2019:

Happy New Year Bev!

January Letter went out today for the "January, February, March 2019 Letters"

FiveAcres on Nov 20, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving

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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