A brand new year is upon us. And I have found a wonderful new motto to live by:
I'm walking into 2019 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don't worry about it - you're welcome. If you wronged me, it's all good - lesson learned. If you're angry with me, you've won - I let it go. If we aren't speaking, itβs cool - I wish you nothing but the best. If you feel I've wronged you, I apologize - it wasn't intentional. Life is too short for all the pent up anger, holding of grudges and extra stress or pain. Hereβs to 2019!! Make it your best year yet!
It is now 6 years of living in beautiful Northern Ontario. I cannot believe it, my how time flies when you're having fun. I absolutely love it here and I don't even like it when we have to leave our beautiful bush to go to the city anymore.
The only thing about living here in the North is that I do not like how far away my mailbox is, it is rural route and everyone who gets their mail there, has to help "take care of it" like when it snows we all have to take turns shovelling it, etc. I really miss the home delivery that we once had. With all of my health issues, I can't even walk to it. It takes more than an hour, in the winter it is just unsafe and in the summer you get eaten alive by mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies, deer flies and whatever other critters maybe about.
I have confirmed that depending on when your package to me is mailed and where it comes from that it is hit and miss, it can take either 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months. I have had all happen, there was one time that a small package that came to me from Australia (to Ontario Canada) took 6 months, or was it more like 9?!!! We had completely given up on it, and then boom all of a sudden it was here! So Crazy!!!
Anyway, no matter what happens, I am looking very forward to seeing you IN THE MAIL
My name is
which is short for Darlene.
I swear, sometimes I think that If I hear my whole name from anyone, it sounds like I'm in trouble or something...lol
I am a fun-loving individual and happily married. People either like me, or they don't. There is no sitting on the fence with me!
I do the very best that I can to have the same face for everyone. That is not always easy to achieve because of different personality clashes but I strive like everyone in hopes that everyone likes me back.
But something that truly needs to be mentioned here, and I hope everyone who I trade with will see this...
If you look on my profile you will see that I have been trading here for since 2011, and proud of my track record and I have made 1053 so far!
Also I do NOT contact any one to let you know that I don't get anything because I pay absolutely NO attention to what I don't get, I figure that any of you who are here, are here for the love of trading, me, I am here for the love of art...and that goes for any of the groups I am in. To me, looking for what I don't get is bad karma, it is just wasting time going backwards. I prefer to stay in the moment and concentrate on what I make and send out. Time is very valuable to me, as my health is not good. So therefore I am happy to get whatever I do get in the mail.
For my health, not only am I diabetic, I also have osteo and rheumatoid arthrist. I have fibromyalgia, and a mild learning disability. If this isn't enough, I also have sleep apnea and I am an insomniac, and use a cpap machine. Not to mention that found out earlier this year i have diverticilitis. On April 14, I broke my ankle in a snow storm. Its finally coming along,
So as you can see, I do o't' have the time to be negative AND I do not go looking for swappers to hand out 1's and 3's to.
Since I have moved to beautiful Northern, Ontario many things about me have changed greatly...so, I am filling you in!
Abby and I met in 2005, and we got married in 2007. We have been attached to the hips ever since! We had a lovely church wedding where our dogs (we had 2 of them at the time) were our ring bears! They really did carry the rings! lol It was cute and fun! A lovely day.
Abby is a very special woman! She is transgender female. She has even had her surgery. She was born male but she has legally been female since about 2000. So, this we are in a same sex marriage...and very happy together. We do almost absolutely everything together.
If there is anyone who reads this who has any questions on the topic whether they know someone who has transitioned, or thinking about it themselves please feel free to ask questions, or even if you'd just like to correspond that would be cool, too.
We were caregivers to a wonderful man named Alan. This guy was like a brother to us; we even all had magic birthday dates. His Birthday was January 13, my birthday is June 13 and Abby's birthday is July 13...amazing, huh? He had terminal kidney cancer. We were all very good friends with him. He saw that we all got along so well that he decided he wanted to buy a house, for us all to live in together. He always wanted to own his own home. So we all went house shopping together and we bought one.
We all moved into the house together, and three days after we moved in Alan had to go and have a kidney removed. As time went on, he got sicker and sicker. He passed away on the day of his 56th birthday, btw, he was born in 1956. so we have this interesting number thing going on.
My favorite story to share regarding Alan is one day before he was really sick we were out for a drive somewhere. He was gazing out the window up at the sky, and he mumbled "Sun dog" I said, a what? He said, a Sun Dog. He explained to us what a sun dog is, which is a piece of rainbow that appears between a cloud and the sun. They are amazing things to see! And Alan told us that they were one of his favorite things, too! (Google Sun Dog if you don't know what they are) And when you see them they jump right out at you. At least they do for me.
From time to time If I am having a really bad day or sometimes even by coincidence, I will see a sun dog, and that for me is as good as a hug from Alan, or him letting us know he is still watching over us. In fact, on the day of the anniversary of his death, Abby and I decided we would celebrate his life, and go to the movies to see the Hobbit. We knew he would have approved because he LOVED the Lord of the Rings series and he also LOVED the 3D effect movies.
Well we went out for the afternoon Matinee, and when we came out of the theatre and wow, what did we see? We saw one of the most incredible Sun dogs we EVER saw! It was just like as though Alan were right there with us! It was so incredible! (here is another type of sundog, cool, or what????
If you are still reading this here are some things that I love....In short...
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE happy mail, especially if it includes an ATC, or a piece of art of any kind, anything Halloween anytime of year, or dies or die cuts, or anything rainbows!!!
Other perfect flat gifts for me would be unused postage stamps & address labels with my own address on them.
BUT if you need more detail read on!
I live in Canada, so there are some strict border crossing rules that you must be weary of regarding food items, and also CD's or DVD's. These items will just increase the amount of time it will take for your envelope to arrive. So it is best to just not send food of any kind period.
Please inbox me if you did not receive anything that I owe you for any swaps we were partners in so we can negotiate a make up, and I promise I will reply as quickly as I can. And finally, last but not least,
Sometimes life gets in the way, and I totally understand that. Nine times out of ten your 5 and your heart are safe with me as long as you let me know if your going to be late. The only way I will ever not rate you a 5 is if you don't follow the instructions of the swap for whatever reason, and same as giving you a heart, and I will always change your rating if you come clean on a swap I've rated you a 1 or 3 on. Please consider this when rating me, I am a very easy going person, everyone one of my partners will automatically get a heart unless its not what your supposed to send without an explanation....Remember, communication is ALWAYS the key! And that when things go amuck its probably just a matter of a misunderstanding.
MY RECENT 3: IS FROM WHEAT2BN FOR THE YOU'VE GOT MAIL # 2, FROM APRIL 14 TO MAY 5. I ACTUALLY DID SEND THIS OUT BUT SHE RATED ME A 1 ORIGINALLY, HOWEVER AS SHE PROMISED SHE SAID SHE WOULD CHANGE IT WHEN SHE GOT SOMETHING. PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE SLOW POST OFFICE HERE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO CANADA. I COMMUNICATED WITH HER ABOUT IT AND I PROMISED I WOULD SEND AGAIN, WHICH I DID. WELL SHE DID CHANGE IT FROM A 1 TO A 3. I DO NOT FLAKE, I AM NOT A FLAKER, I AM PROUD OF MY 1000+ SWAPS HERE AND I WILL ALWAYS SEND AND I WILL ALWAYS RATE. TO ANY OF MY PARTNERS READING THIS...I PROMISE YOU THAT YOUR RATING WILL ALWAYS BE SAFE WITH ME. AND I PROMISE THAT I SEND I ON TIME, TOO.
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