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e2java

e2java
Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: November 25, 2020
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

✈ I'm married to an Englishman and I have relatives and friends in England, Switzerland, Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights. I have two stepsons and two grandchildren.

I have a small, backyard hobby farm. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping and we have two flow hives in the garden as well as a greenhouse with hydroponic system on one side and a potting bench on the other. We have four black Orpington chickens. We started some bucket gardening this year with potatoes, carrots, onions and sweet potatoes.

I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs. We are doing well with ginger, peas, beans, bok choi and rhubarb this year. I have three grape vines that are producing and about 12 mature fruit trees in the garden. I hope the deer leave them alone this year (with the help of a newly installed electric fence).

We have three dogs Chase, Charlie and Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home. Chase is 17, Charlie is 14 (with dementia) and Abby is now 10.

I love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.

Favorite Music

🎶 I listen to anything pop, 70s, 80s, Motown and British Invasion. I also like Vitas, Duffy, Billie Eilish, The Beautiful South, Prince, George Michael, Alison Moyet and Amy Winehouse. On Vinyl, anything 80s, Billy Joel, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon and ABBA.

I'm a huge fan of vinyl records and search flea markets and old record stores to find them. I listen to vinyl more than anything else! We've collected so many albums over the years. I need to start cataloging our albums because we really have quite a collection.

I play the piano, flute and have just started learning the Mountain Dulcimer. Thank you YouTube for great lessons.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. I'm currently watching The Society and Revenge. Guilty pleasures: Binge watching "Nashville" with my mom. It gives us reasons to see each other.

📻 So this isn't really TV but I've been enjoying several Podcasts on my phone. I started with "Serial" and then discovered "Lore". I LOVE Crime Junkie. I listen to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced. I also listen to Coffee Break French - quick little episodes talking about.....French of course!

My high school friend started a podcast with her husband called The Arcanum Project so I've been enjoying that one. They've also mentioned me in a couple of episodes - even dedicated their Halloween episode to me which was sweet.

Favorite Crafts

🌠 I quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine I need to find more time to quilt.

I've put my quilting stash to manic mask making use in 2020. Mostly I've been giving them to my employees at work and mailing some off to friends and family. I've probably made 200+ so far but have truly lost count. My stepson set up an Etsy store for me called JavaCatCrafts and listed all of my masks.

🎨 I like to doodle. I like creating envelope art and just starting using watercolor pencils. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress. I send pen pal letters to my toddler grandson who enjoys going to the mailbox with his dad.

✏️ I love to write and try to keep up with my blog.

Favorite Books

📚 Recently read Orphan Train which I loved, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and just started The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate.

I also enjoy horror books but it seems so hard to find any good ones these days like old school Stephen King / Dean Koontz. I wanna be SCARED! I'm rereading a lot of these like The Shining and Phantoms. I'm on GoodReads.

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to them on Audible, YouTube and find second hand audiobooks at thrift stores and used book stores. I loved listening to Where the Crawdads Sing.

I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.

I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.

Things I Would Enjoy

📌Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot and my InstaPot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I enjoy old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks. I'm currently translating my great-grandmother's handwritten French recipes.

📌Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers that you would like to share

📌Local lore articles from your area.

📌Interesting Stickers or Washi tape. I love Lisa Frank stickers

📌Fun pens - especially for work

📌Jelly Babies or Walker's Eclairs from UK...so hard to find here :)

📌Real Cadbury candy from the UK

📌Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please and no Matcha)

📌Post cards- not a fan of touristy ones but like art, unusual, vintage, creepy, funny, animals, and recipe post cards.

📌Unusual stamps, vintage or foreign (used is fine)

📌Sample Essential Oils (prefer YL or DoTerra) and would love to reciprocate.

📌All things Edward Gorey

📌Book or Podcast recommendations

📌Website recommendations

📌A dog toy - I have three but one ends up with all the toys in the end

The No List

Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.

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Comment: Sarah, I wish I could give you a lot more hearts!!!!! I Love the swap you sent. I am waiting to open the wrapped gift,but the magazine, hot chocolate and 12 days of Christmas stickers make me warm and cozy already!!!! Thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness!!!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Very merry Christmas!!!!
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Comment: Love your little drawing! Thank you! I look forward to opening it!
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Comment: Thank you so much, I’m looking forward to opening in December 🎄
Response: Thank you for rating 🎄🎅🎁
NRGordon rated for Ugly PC Swap #18 on Nov 14, 2020
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Comment: Thanks for the swap and your note. I am listening to the podcast as I type, and am going to listen to others of theirs.
Response: You are welcome. Thank you for rating :)
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Comment: Oh wow. I’m having the opposite problem than you..I can’t even begin to find a house before selling mine..I also live rural and the market here is SLOW on a good day. When you buy you could ask for a contingency to rent the house you buy before it actually sells. We did that here because nobody would rent to people with dogs. Anyway good luck! Also I think White fern may have been turned into a movie maybe?
Response: I had 5 scheduled to view on Sunday - one sold while we were out. It's crazy here. I think people are buying without viewing. Thanks for rating :)
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Comment: thanks for sending the card to the kiddo xx
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Comment: Woo Hoo! I spotted the #14! Thanks. Will open this on 12/18.
Response: Thank you for rating and I hope you enjoy in December 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: Thanks! Like your hand drawn holly and pretty tree stamp. Looking forward to opening in December.
Response: Thank you for rating and I hope you enjoy in December 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: thank you
Response: Thank you for rating 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: OMG!!! Thank you so much!!! I loved the stickers you sent!!!! I can’t wait to use them in my scrapbooking!!!!
Response: Thank you for rating and I'm glad you liked what I sent. 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: Thank you. I will be opening these in December.
Response: Thank you for rating and I hope you enjoy in December 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: Ty for the profile bling 😊
Response: You are welcome
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Comment: Super cute! Thank you!!
Response: Thank you for hosting - 🎃 🎃 🎃
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Comment: Thank you! I'm saving till December and yours will be the tenth one I open. I plan on opening them in the order I received them!!
Response: Thank you for rating and I hope you enjoy in December 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: Thank you for the Christmas-decorated envelope! Thanks also for what's inside....
Response: Thank you for rating 🎄🎅🎁
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Comment: Hello Sarah! What a cute card! So perfect for me I love eating popcorn and watching Netflix hehehe. Thank you for the handmade mask as well! I loved it! Have a safe and festive Halloween
Response: So glad you liked it - thanks for rating.
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Comment: Thank you for sharing a Christmas goodie with me (I’m waiting to open it). I especially appreciate the nicely hand drawn milk & cookie! Reminds me to start looking for a fun recipe to make with the kids for the “Santa” cookies this Christmas Eve (they all know daddy eats them, but it’s still fun to bake together!) 😆
Response: Thank you for rating and I hope you enjoy in December 🎄🎅🎁
parakeetmails rated for LSRUS: Instax / Polaroid swap on Oct 20, 2020
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Comment: Loved the photos, thank you so much for joining! ❤
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Zefaniya rated for Tea & some quotes #6 on Oct 15, 2020
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Comment: Such great quotes..thank you =0)
Response: Thanks for hosting 🌵 🌵 🌵
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Comment: Thank you for letter. I really like the format you used.

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Comments

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Mystery makes life interesting

takehimaway on Nov 11, 2020:

Have you ever listen to the podcast called Criminal?

Also, would you be interested in a private swap?

OrigamiGrace on Nov 6, 2020:

ty for the awesome chicken face mask!! You didnt have to but what a treat!! I love it and it's perfect for out here in the country! Much appreciated:)

debtea2 on Oct 31, 2020:

congrats on winning the contest

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LavenderSprinkles on Jul 23, 2020:

Thanks so much for the heartwarming sympathy card. My daughter loved the cactuses on the envelope. That meant so much to us.

anrtist on Jul 20, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful peacock themed mask you made for me! I luv it so much i was screaming for my daughters to come see it when i opened the mail! That was some of the happiest mail I have ever gotten! It was so sweet of you to make it for me! Thank you! THANK You! THANK YOU!!!

Blessings, cc

efjellro on Dec 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for the great work you do in the Swap-Bot Flakers group!

Happy Holidays!

-Elisabeth

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