Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2018 6:36 pm


Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: December 14, 2018
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
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About Me

I will be in France and England from the end of November until December 10th and do not know how often I will be checking in.

My husband is from England and I have relatives and friends both there and in Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights.

We both work in manufacturing in management (automotive for me and food for him) and I'm super busy at work right now. We are still renovating our house (which doesn't leave a lot of time for anything else I love to do) so my "crafting" has become installing hardwood flooring, tile, hammering tin ceiling tiles, rewiring the house and endless amounts of painting walls, trim and the exterior. In the process of renovating, I'm learning British. Yes...I now know the British words for tools as well as lots of colorful curse words thanks to my beloved! I learned French years ago due to my French-Canadian grandmother and took conversational Spanish for work reasons but now I no longer need the closed captioning on for British films and shows (the one exception is Trainspotting).

I have a small, backyard hobby farm with chickens - 10 of them. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping and we have two flow hives that we plan to add to the garden in a couple of months (we also have traditional hives). In November, we built a greenhouse so I hope to garden all year. I have onions and ginger in the greenhouse right now.

I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs.

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.

I have 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, the 70s channel and the 80s channel on the satellite radio in my car. I also like Vitas, Duffy, 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 don't like polka, Zamphir the Pan Flutist and anything out of tune.

Favorite Television

We use Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus and have been watching a few guilty pleasure shows. I'm currently watching American Horror Story. I'm looking forward to Season 2 of Stranger Things. Recent binge watching sessions included True Detectives, Glitch, WestWorld and Fargo.

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've recently fallen in love with "My Favorite Murder". It's like I've found my best friends all over again. They have the same humor as me (potty mouth too but I swear I'm not as bad as them). So, stay out of the woods, don't hitchhike, stay sexy and don't get murdered! I also listen to Up and Vanished, Someone Knows Something and In the Dark. I was so very happy that Up and Vanished contributed toward the case being solved. I started listening to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced, I'm a little miffed that I can't binge-listen to it since I'm all caught up.

Favorite Crafts

I love to 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 and use it to make sheets for my dogs' beds. They might be a bit spoiled :) I need to find time to quilt more. I made one in June for my first grandchild.

I like to color. I bring coloring books and crayons to the break room at work so my employees can color too. They even sign their names to the pages they colored! I recently bought one of those adult coloring books that are more complex. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress.

I also like photography and to doodle. I love to write and try to keep up with a couple of blogs.

Favorite Books

Labyrinth and Sepulchre by Kate Mosse, Marley and Me by John Grogan, books by Jodi Picoult and Dorthea Benton Frank. I love Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian" and "The Swan Thieves". 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!

Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. Recent ones that had me laughing out loud (and looking like an idiot to other drivers) were The Devil in the Junior League and The Ex-Debutante. Being in a Junior League, myself, I could totally relate! I am currently listening to "I'd Know You Anywhere" by Laura Lippman which I found in a used bookstore in Atlanta a week ago.

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 also listen to audiobooks on YouTube. I recently took a walk down memory lane and found a few Sweet Valley High books to listen to there. You could literally hear the cassette tape being turned over to side B!

I keep up with my books on GoodReads. My 2018 book challenge there is 60 books.

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). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful. I love old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks.

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

Local lore articles from your area.

Interesting Stickers or Washi tape

Coloring pencils

Fun pens - especially for work

Jelly Babies from UK...so hard to find here :)

Real Cadbury candy from the UK - was so sad that they stopped importing it in the US.

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

Crabtree and Evelyn

Anything lavender scented

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

All things Edward Gorey

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

Advice on how to train a very stubborn 7-year old English Shepherd that I recently adopted.

Coupons are great (I like the Lowe's project starter, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Pottery Barn or really any non-expired coupon specifically for major stores)

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.


jessnewson98 rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 18, 2018
Comment: Hi! Thank you x a million for the lovely Christmas card and holiday wishes! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Noodles84 rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 16, 2018
Comment: Such a cute card! Thank you.
Klbbird2 rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 9, 2018
Caithness rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute card. Enjoy the coming season and you're trip to England.
Coffeeegal rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Merry Christmas
Ryleighsmom rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Super cute card! Thank you!
DaiziDruke rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 4, 2018
Comment: Love the sparkly snowman Christmas card, thank you! ❤️
MadeByRori rated for AFAWLS Christmas Card Swap on Nov 3, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card 🎄
Comment: I'm sure you can guess, one day it's boots here in So Cal and the next it's flip flops. Can't make up its mind! Thank you for your pc.
AZmom875 rated for Listen UP! Audio book #3 on Aug 17, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the 2 audios. I will be thrilled to listen to them both. If you look at the list I gave you, maybe you can suggest an audio you would like me to listen to and send next time.
pernie123 rated for Book Sentence POSTCARD! on Aug 6, 2018
Comment: Thank you. If I get back to Portsmouth, I shall look for the restaurant. I hope you enjoyed your book.
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard! You have nice handwriting :-)
Crazipurplelady rated for SMSUSA: Summer Questionnaire on Jul 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for resending it!!!
GoCindy rated for Scattergories PC Swap - B on Jul 16, 2018
Comment: Nice card and great choices. Thank you!
valentina22 rated for VDAYR: Love Journal #2 - USA on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely swap. I like how you put it together and included some many nice details such as the tiny envelopes and the lovely pictures. Yes this swap was very time intensive. I can't wait to use my gifts. Thanks for putting together a great swap!!
Response: I am so glad you liked it. I didn't expect it to reach you so quickly. Thanks for the rating.
Comment: What a great swap! Talk about fitting the theme! I love the little folder with all the clippings and the stamped words on the folder! 10 hearts to you!
Comment: I've wanted to read this book. I have it on my shelf. I like the book and page #'s!!! Thanks, Rose
debhous rated for Interest ME #1 on May 11, 2018
Comment: Hi, neighbor, sounds like a good book - I like mysteries, also. From reading your profile, I discovered we have a lot in common other than just Georgia!
Response: Yes - I think quilting and cassette player in quilting room counts, too!
nsciambi rated for Happy Things #1. April on Apr 25, 2018
Comment: Thank you! And happy belated birthday!
Response: Thank you!
Chelle rated for SEKS: April Happy Mail on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: You are too awesome, thank yoU! :) The painted envelope is so lovely!

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bbsporty on May 15, 2018:

Thank you for the adorable superhero card you sent me with the sweet words of support!

CurlyTea on Apr 24, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

Mugsie on Feb 26, 2018:

Thank you so much for the Valentine! It made my day!!

anrtist on Feb 22, 2018:

THANK YOU for the sweet Valentine's Card!

Blessings, cc

CurlyTea on Dec 5, 2017:

Snowball fight, Gotcha!

VivaLaDiane on Aug 2, 2017:


anrtist on Jun 1, 2017:

THANK YOU so much for the BEAUTIFUL BOX OF PEACOCK PCs! I am so glad you thought of me while you were shopping!!!LOL


anrtist on May 27, 2017:

Blessings, cc

TC on May 13, 2017:

The box - and pouch!! - arrived today. Thank you so much. My daughter will be so very surprised. :)

anrtist on Dec 7, 2016:

Oh wow!!!! I WISH I had that ornament you left on my profile!!!! ;-) THANK YOU!
I just found this and think it is so neat!
HOPE you enjoy it too!!! Blessings, cc

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