Updated as of: 11/26/2020
Today is a day of thanksgiving and remembrance. So, nearing the years end, I am reflecting upon my life. For multiple reasons the year 2020 has been incredibly challenging for us all. For me, it began New Years day with the passing of my “grand-MOM Cook” who was the one person in my life I could count on. Although she’s my mother’s mother, she did more raising of me and my siblings than both my biological parents combined. Seriously, the woman even took a part-time job as the domestic assistant in my first long-term foster home, just to remain active in our lives after we became wards of the state! Her love and faith were a strong fortress that comforted us and I can count several times she’s literally saved my life. I miss her daily. Today I feel like she would want me to say thank you. Thank you to those whose lives have been sacrificed or inconvenienced, so that I could live. Particularly the indigenous peoples, military, emergency responders, and service personnel. I am also grateful to be participating here on swap-bot because it has been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.
This is MY mailbox. I use it to send swaps on-time, if not early.
Partner/Coordinator communication will take place should this status change for any reason.
Missing Mail? Please direct message me BEFORE rating. I keep a photo-log of swap contents and packaging & will gladly resend when necessary.
Postage DUE? I have learned of this happening 3 times since joining SB. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, and will always reimburse with brand-new USPS postage stamps.
Please scroll to “DNS’s” if here for a quick review of Dislikes🛑 Thank you!
My name is Harmony Joy Cook🎶🎵 I like both my first and middle name as a reminder of who I'm called to be. However, others refer to me as either "Harmony", "Joy", "Harmony-Joy" or "Cookie" - call me whichever you please, just don't call me late for dinner! 🤣
Yes, my name is musically-inspired because both of my biological parents are hippies! I am a Berkeley ☮️-born and NORTHERN California foster-system raised “love-child”, who currently lives on the other side of the nation. I met & married my husband in the Sunshine State, while we were both active-duty Air Force.
Together, we have three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Being “Mama Bear” is my favorite part of life, and I literally get more excited about 💙 Mother’s Day than my own birthday!🎁 The title also includes ALL my animals (past & present)! 😉
I've had companions that were cats, ducks, fish, horses, kangaroo mice, tortoises, one squirrel, and several dog breeds ranging from Australian Cattle, Pugster, and Sheltie to Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed, and Siberian Husky. I've only ever pet-sat for people that own “designer” or "lap" dogs like the Yorkie, Dachshund, and Chihuahua.
🐾 At the moment, our fur-family consists of 1 feline & 3 canine rescues: Kyna (a Rhodesian Ridgeback & Basenji mix) and Ella (a Black Labrador & Pointer mix), plus a Pit-bull "grand-dog" named Luna🐾 & a tortoise-shell "grand-kitten" named Piper
Perhaps you can surmise that I've always really enjoyed my animals! I especially love horses & big dogs! I feel connected to them somehow...and they always seem to make me smile!
Whether feathered, furry, or humanoid animals, my OHANA really is “my whole world” 💕🌎 I believe that family is who we make it (beyond DNA). Besides my “V.I.Peeps”, I also enjoy many HOBBIES:
(I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus, Portable Tim Holtz Sidekick, & The Cricut Explore Air2)
I've earned my GSUSA Gold Award! Scouts changed my life in positive ways as a youth, and gave me recognition for things I was already doing. Although the program is ever changing, I remain a registered volunteer adult leader with my son’s Scouts BSA troop. He’s working toward Eagle rank, while I am actively working my “Woodbadge ticket”. My Patrol is Da “Bears”🐻 which is another reason (beside being a Mama Bear) that I like the animal!
My current collections include: Cartophilia (trading cards) to include ATC's and all sizes & shapes of the 7-of-❤️’s playing card, Deltiology (postcards), Numismatics (currency), Philately (postal stamps), and Vintage Scouting Ephemera,
I enjoy listening to audiobooks & many different genres of music depending on my mood. My go-to genres are usually alternative, country, & reggae. I have an all-in-one Radio/CD/Cassette Tape/Record Player in my craft-room, and I 🖤 my vintage vinyl records! I love to listen to MUSIC and even in "silence", there’s often a tune in my head! 🤭
NEATLY written or typed things are always welcome!
A: Albanese Gummi-bears (esp Pineapple flavor), Autobots, Avengers, Avatar-The Last Airbender, ATCs & APCs
(ATC Theme’s I enjoy: Trees/Nature, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney FanArt, Fine Arts, Vintage-inspired, Cookie Monster, Harmony Bear, Oceania & Sea Turtles!)
B: Big Hunk Candy Bars, Bears (esp Giant Panda 🐼,💙 Blue (esp cobalt), Bald 🦅 Eagles & BALANCE (My focus word for 2020)
C: Chick-O-Stick Coconut Candy, Celtic Heritage, Clogging, Cinnamon Teas, Chewbacca, Classic Mickey Mouse & Cookie Monster
D: Daffodils, Dancing, Drum Circles, Drum Lines🥁(no, I do not play, but I enjoy percussion!) Dr. Seuss & Decoupage Tissue/Napkins
E: Earth 🌎, Elvis Presley, Eeyore & Emerald Green💚
F: Friesian Horses, Fern Fronds, Fleur-de-lis⚜️ Fantastic Beasts & Frangipani (plumeria flowers)
G: Groot, Guitar Picks, Golden State Warriors, The Goonies & GryffinPuffs (Hogwart House Hybrid!) 😉
H: Hi-Chew Fruity Candies, 🐾Huskies 🐾, 💕Heart-shapes (esp in nature), Hibiscus & Harmony Bear (purple Care Bear w/FLOWER belly badge)
I: Ireland, Icebergs & Incredible Hulk
J: Jordan Almonds, Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, Jade Green 💚, 🏀 Jordan#23 & ⚾️Jeter#2
K: Koi Fish, Kiwi 🥝 Fruit & Koru Loops (like this one)
L: Leaf Rubbings, Lucille Ball, LEGO’s & Levi’s👖
M: Misty Mint Drop Candies(aka Mini Meltaway Mints by Hickory Farms), Marilyn Monroe, Millennium Falcon, Music Notes, Mulan, Moana, Merida, Monarch Butterflies 🦋 & Maple syrup/leaves 🍁
N: Norman Rockwell Art, Narnia Chronicles & Notes w/my Name on 'em 😉
O: Orcas, 🦦 Otters & Optimus Prime
P: Ponyo, Paddington Bear, Punky Brewster, Princess Bride, Penguins & 💜Purple Pansies
Q: Quail (above) & Quotes ( I collect positiveness to refer to when I need a morale boost!)
R: Roasted Peanuts, 🌈 ROYGBIV (spectrums-in-nature), Renaissance Art, Rocking Horses, Return of the Jedi & Redwood Trees
S: Simply Cheetos Puffs White Cheddar Snacks, ☘️ Shamrocks, Smokey the Bear, Sheet Music🎼 & Sea Turtles
T: Tigger, Totoro, Tie-dye, Textiles, Tartan & Tribal Tattoos
U: Ukulele,☂Umbrellas (esp oil-paper wagasa) & Uniformed Personnel
V: VW buses/bugs, Valkyrie & Vintageitis!
W: Wolves, Wicket the Ewok & Wyland Art (below)
X: Xylophones, X-rays, X-men (esp Jean & Logan), Xeruses 🐿 & “X” marks the spot (a pirate’s life for me!) ☠️
Y: ☯️ Yin-Yang Symbols (they remind me to balance), Yoda & The Child
Z: Zebras 🦓, Zines & Zentangle
Thank YOU for thinking of me!
B&W Photography! Especially of:
Handmade postcards are always VERY welcome too. I heart ART! So, please feel free to share your collage, coloring, drawing, graphic design, painting, or photography. I also like receiving “print on-demand” (Zazzle, Red Bubble, Cafe Press) postcards. If it’s a postcard that you think I will enjoy (even if the swap says "NO"), please share it with me, and let me know why! I promise that I’ll NEVER RATE DOWN for thoughtful intentions!
🍪SPECIAL REQUEST: Please add a cookie to the back of my postcard! Cookie is my nickname!
👍Mahalo nui loa!🤝
EDIBLES: I am dye & gluten-sensitive and must eat soy-free. This includes Red Dye #40 & the emulsifier “soy lecithin” frequently found in snack foods and chocolates. If a swap calls for edible treats, I do understand that product ingredients are frequently changing, and you may not be able to find suitable items. That's no big deal, I have friends/family who may enjoy it, even if I'm unable to for some reason. For specifics though, I have listed some of my favorite treats in my A-Z list above.
I’ve been asked to identify my strong DISLIKES, as this is sometimes easier for swap partners to work with.
🛑I like things with neither:
🚫 Claymation nor Stop-motion Characters
🚫 Sock-puppets nor Dolls
🚫 Zombies nor Aliens
🚫 Snakes nor Scorpions
🚫 Cosmetics nor Perfume/Scents
DISCLOSURE: I am a trauma survivor with diagnosed PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression. I struggle with trusting people, executive functions, and memory impairments. Participating in Postcrossing and Swap-bot have been a way to not only re-establish some positive connection with others in a non-threatening manner, but also challenge myself to “be flexible” within healthy boundaries. I am also a board-certified recovery peer support specialist for military Veterans and have a firm foundation in both fact & faith-based programs. I have received training as a W.R.A.P facilitator and advocate for mental health awareness, but wouldn’t ever “push” information on another. Please respect me by practicing the same. Do not send me any propaganda. If I want to learn more about your specific opinions or beliefs, I will ask.
GREETING CARD SWAPS: I am NOT offended by the greetings "Happy Easter" and “Merry Christmas” although I respect other spiritual observances. It's okay to write them in my cards rather than the generic "happy holidays" or "season's greetings" (if you like).
Thank you for understanding, and I appreciate every kind and careful effort with 💖-felt gratitude!
🚧 Page always UNDER CONSTRUCTION 🚧
As a swap coordinator, PLEASE NOTE that I often "close" my swaps a day earlier than the posted date because I am a night-owl and do most my work while others are asleep! :-)
If a swap that I’ve posted is left without any "interest" (watchers) for 72 hours, I will DELETE it to perhaps repost at a different time.
I only coordinate swaps that I am willing/able to ANGEL. I also make a sincere effort to vet each participant before assigning partners.
[DOs and DON'Ts] (www.swap-bot.com/about.php)
|Type 1||Type 2||Type 3||Uncategorized|