Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2022 5:50 pm


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Last Online: December 5, 2022
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

If you want a heart, you will read or at least scan my profile to see what I like and don't like! Hint: Don't send me stickers!

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in!Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

I'm adding this saguaro blossom image hoping it will show up this time. I seldom have any luck with this.

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Comment: This is an awesome postcard. Thankyou.
Comment: I agree with your comments about A Gentleman in Moscow & I too loved the Lincoln Highway. It was brilliant. I have The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock already on my tbr list so I just might have to bump it up. Maame by Jessica George sounds like something I would be interested in too. Thanks for the insights and I hope next month is less busy for you. xxMuggleMom
Comment: Isn't it amazing how a good book leaves you struggling to get into the next one?
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I don't know any of these books but the way you describe them, they sound lovely!
Comment: Well, as always, I've ended up adding several of your books to my To Be Read list! Thanks so much for the enticing reviews. I've put a reservation in at the local library for Maame and have added A Snake Falls to Earth and The Lost Books of Eleanor Dare to my Amazon wishlist. Thank you!
Comment: Fun fun fun card.... I am sure that Tracy will love it..... Many hearts for hosting this fun swap and I can't wait to get mine back.... WooHoo.... Many hearts to you dear friend......
dorcii rated for BLC: October What Did You Read? on Nov 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you very much for your email, I liked Murder in the Stacks the most as per your mail, though I haven't read it before :)
Unbijou rated for LLU: Traveling Library Card Swap #26 on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: I think maybe I was taken off the group. I would like to forward these library cards on but don’t see #28 swap. Help!
Rainydancer rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #122 on Nov 26, 2022
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Thank you - and sorry for the late rating. Somehow I forgot it earlier 🙈
Comment: OHHHHH my card came today.... I love what you did...... can't wait to work on it and pass it on.....and to have them come back to us.....HaPPY Holidays DEAR FRIEND and many hearts to YOU....
Comment: Thanks for sharing! You can also find quotes on Goodreads, which is what I sometimes do.
Comment: What book could go wrong with Simon Vance narrating - so I'm definitely on board with "The Secret River" by Kate Grenville. "This Time Tomorrow" by Emma Straub was a 3star for me and we have the same take on the storyline. I'm adding The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas to the tbr list. The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare by Kimberly Brock sounds good because every time I drove past Roanoke (as a kid) I would always have wild imaginations about what happened to the colonists, lol! Thanks for the recommends xxMuggleMom
MuggleMom rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 7 on Nov 4, 2022
Comment: I started this book but for whatever reason, I couldn't get into it. I shelved it to 'lost interest' but I think it was me, not the book. I keep hearing good things, so I need to reengage with this winner! Thanks for your review! xxMuggleMom
Comment: Your email was amazing and detailed, I look forward to checking out some of the books.
hazelwitch3 rated for BLC: October What Did You Read? on Nov 2, 2022
Comment: Great reviews - thank you! I appreciate the amount of information and detail you include for each book.
Comment: I loved reading your comments on the books you read and have added a couple of them to my 'read/listen some time in the future' lists! I'm so glad we set up this series of swaps.
Comment: Thanks for sharing the list and your comments. I defeniately see some of the books for which I will hunt in the library :D Happy reading and happy swapping Carol!
rachelgogan rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #4 on Nov 1, 2022
Comment: I love this fantastically oddball card! It's perfect for my collection! Thank you!
swapwithyi rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #121 on Oct 30, 2022
Comment: well received ,thankyou<3 I am excited to finish it

Rating Overview

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SeleneW on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my my mail box this month! The finish of the AMA HD/HP P&P which is just simply gorgeous! I love it! Thank you again! <3 <3

simcoe54 on Sep 15, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

DaisyNY on Jul 21, 2022:

In case you were wondering how this turned out:

wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

BigSockTramp on Sep 3, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to the AMA collab PC (#96-97)! I love that it ended up looking kind of like a PSA against domestic violence or promoting safer sex. https://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/public-service-announcement?context=album&albumId=2496677%3AAlbum%3A2561375

WoodlandBanshee on May 17, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution and sending home this great Collaboration postcard.

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