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Last Online: February 27, 2013
Birthday: April 6, 1969
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Update 2-21-2013 I have finally been able to mark as sent my oldest unfulfilled swap. While I was doing so, and in talking to the hostess, I decided to un-mark as sent a swap where neither partner recieved even though I did originally send. So, since neither of my partners has received what they are owed, I've taken the swap out sent status, where it will remain until I have both sent the remakes and I have heard from both partners that they have received.

About 2 weeks ago, I was finally released from physical therapy. I have almost all use of my right arm/shoulder now. I've been told that it could take another year to 18 months before I've regained full strength, but the movement is there. I credit the wonderful therapists who tortured me with love and made me work. They were fantastic.

For those who know the situation and anyone else so inclined, prayers, good thoughts, candles, strength, etc, for my middle daughter deeply appreciated.

Thank you.

Update: 8-12-2012

I’m not even sure where to start. I owe a lot of thanks to @spinjenny for her enormous amounts of help over the past couple months. Thank you also to all of my partners for their patience and kindness. I am truly grateful.

What started with carpal tunnel and a little tendinitis morphed into adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder), which I have been dealing with for nearly two months now.

On July 12, one of our cats attacked my leg. I would post a photo here, but the pictures are quite disturbing. If you want to see what happened, this flickr link will take you there. Be forewarned. They are quite graphic. On July 14, I was back at the clinic, where the doctor gave me an antibiotic shot to go with the oral abx I was already taking, because the bites on my left leg were becoming infected. I was told to see my primary care doc on Monday. When I saw her on the 16th, she sent me straight to the ER for IV abx.

Today is one month from the attack. I can wear a shoe for a limited amount of time and I have lumps under my skin where each of the scars are still healing. The bruises on my right leg are almost completely gone, but the scratches there are still visible.

Just to make my summer a little bit more interesting, I will be having a shoulder manipulation procedure on Thursday, August 16. From what I understand, I will be put under IV sedation, have my shoulder numbed, given another cortisone shot (I’m glad I won’t feel this one) and then have the equivalent of three months of physical therapy in about 45 minutes as the doctor breaks through the scar tissue and forces my arm to move.

I will be going straight from the procedure, as soon as they wake me up, to actual physical therapy, in order to keep my shoulder from seizing back up, and will have daily therapy for a week or two. I am unclear on this one.

I hope to get back to swapping as soon as possible. I was in the middle of quilt blocks for an overdue swap when I got sidelined. Everything is cut and waiting for me.

BTW, I'm bored stiff. Thank goodness the Olympics has been on!

Oh. And in case anyone is curious, we had to release Xander (the cat in question) to Animal Control, as it was his third strike. He bit one daughter in April and one son in May, both badly enough to require medical attention and both of which had been reported by the clinic. We'd only been able to keep him as long as we had because his shots were up to date.

[ @spinjenny writing on behalf of @fibrejunky :]

Update: 6-20-2012
Carole is still not able to use a keyboard. She has been diagnosed with "frozen shoulder". She had a cortisone shot in it yesterday (ouch!) and has 6 weeks of physiotherapy starting today.

Update: 6-14-2012
Carole has injured her shoulder, as well has having to wear braces on both wrists because of carpal tunnel. She can't use a keyboard at the moment, so she has been unable to log in to swap-bot herself for a couple of weeks. She thought she would be back here by now, but she is still not much better, which is why I am accessing her account now (at her request). I will check her account for her sometimes, but feel free to contact me direct if you have questions.

Update: 5-21-2012 I sure hope this update stays put. I've tried doing this 6 times already and each time, I've messed it up somehow and lost the whole thing.

At the end of February, my baby-boy furball, Aslan, was diagnosed with Splenic Lymphoma. Barring surgery which had the risk of killing him outright, our other option was to treat with Prednisone, which we did. On Tuesday, May 15, it was obvious that he was done fighting. I was forced to make the hardest decision of my life.

My daughters and I are grieving deeply.

Aslan: 2/1995 - 5/2012

Aslan: 5-15-2012



I have two boys,19 & 21, and three daughters, ages 18, 15 and 13. Both of my sons have Asperger's Syndrome. I am usually busier than I like to be and it takes time from my handwork, but, not counting school, what I do get to do is still creative so I can't really complain. I'll be glad when I finally graduate, though.

I don't particularly like muddy colours such as pea-soup green or ochre. I'm much more fond of pinks, purples, jewel tones, natural colours and springy pastels (as opposed to baby pastels, if that makes any sense.)

I love dark chocolate. I think that white chocolate is, generally speaking, an abomination. For other sweets, I like jelly bellies, necco wafers, black licorice, red hots (just about anything cinnamon flavoured), and have a serious thing for wintergreen lifesavers. Oh, I almost forgot. I adore marzipan and maple sugar candy. Real maple anything, for that matter.

I cannot digest any artificial sweeteners at all. They do horrible things to my system.

I drink a fair amount of tea. I like almost every kind I've tried, except chamomile, which makes my nose itch. I like loose tea when I can get it, as I don't feel like I'm wasting any if I make smaller cups. Lately I've been drinking a lot more coffee.

I'm addicted to Red Bull and to Starbucks. I usually drink caramel macchiatos, triple venti, skim, if you please. YUM!!

I have three cats. Aslan is a big, orange furball. Dru is a long-haired tabby who looks an awful lot like a Maine Coon, but is really too small to be one, I think. She was a rescue, so I've no idea either way. Xander actually belongs to the spousal unit, who found him in the woods. He's a twit, but I think he'll grow out of it once he's beyond being a kitten.

I have a weird nickel allergy, so can't wear most costume jewelry, particularly for piercings. I have 2 tattoos and want another.

I'm a big geek and play Magic: the Gathering, not only with my kids, but occasionally at official events. Yes, I do collect the cards. I'm partial to the foils. What can I say? I'm a magpie and I like shiny objects.

Favorite Music

I like a very eclectic mix of music. I used to say everything but country and rap. Well, a couple years ago, my mother got me hooked on CMT. Darn her! I still don't really care for rap or hip hop, mostly, but there are exceptions.
My all time favourites would probably be the Monkees, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, Supertramp, Dream Theater, Nickel Creek, REM and the Chieftains. I love classic rock and 80s hair bands.

Favorite Movies

The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride. If I'm in a rotten mood 'Liar, Liar' or 'My Cousin Vinny' are practically guaranteed to make me laugh. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Cold Mountain was marvelous and will turn me into a sobbing mass of goo.
I'm a complete sucker for Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers flicks and for musicals in general.

Favorite Television

Grey's Anatomy, House, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ace of Cakes, Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef, the old Match Game, Two & a Half Men, Bones, CSI (all 3), SYTYCD, Castle, Man v. Food

Favorite Crafts

Most of my "craft" time used to be spent spinning or knitting. It's been almost completely taken over by rubber stamping and other paper crafts (ATCs etc.)

My great-grandmother taught me how to hand quilt. I love all forms of needlework, from cross stitch and needlepoint to smocking.

I also like kumihimo, bobbin lace, weaving and tatting. I collect wooden lace bobbins when I can. My pillow went into semi-retirement while the children were smaller, but it's ready to come back out - as soon as I have room to put it up again. I'm still upset about a piece that was on the pillow which was damaged when we moved. Never trust military movers with lace bobbins. It's a bad idea. Even if you're chasing around a toddler, find a way to pack it yourself and make sure they pack nothing heavy on top! They broke 2 of my bone bobbins, not to mention many of the threads on the work in progress.

My favourite things to knit are lace and socks. I very much prefer to use natural fibres. I love bamboo needles. I can't knit with straight needles longer than 8" due to a shoulder problem, so I use either circulars or double points for everything. Occasionally I'll use dpns as if they were straight needles for something like a narrow scarf.

I've been scrapbooking on and off since my 15yo was a baby.

Constructive criticism always accepted.

Favorite Books

I love to read. I am one of those people who will read the back of the cereal box if there is nothing else available. Seriously.

That said, I have favourite authors more than favourite books. I adore Piers Anthony. He's been at the top of my list since I first read a few pages of Nightmare when I was 12. A friend was reading it and laughing. She had me read it. It took me until the following summer to get a copy of my own, but I did and I still own that same copy. I've probably read it a dozen times. At least! Piers signed it for me in 1986.

I will read anything written by Harlan Ellison. That man is a genius. Perhaps a tad misanthropic at times, definitely opinionated and argumentative, but a genius nonetheless. If you've read nothing by him, go. Now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Just do it.

In addition to SF&F, I like to read mystery novels. I like the serial type, such as the culinary mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson, as well as the more intense ones.

I admit to reading cheesy romance novels on occasion as well. Those are like potato chips. There isn't a bit of redeeming value, but they're definitely quick and fun.

Stuff I Am Happy to Receive

Postcards: well-done handmade; funny, irreverent and/or snarky; interesting architecture; textiles; fashion; historical places/people/things.

Favourite Colour(s): Pink (most shades), purple, red, jewel tones

Fountain pens and fountain pen ink (Goulet Pens sells ink samples that are wonderful fun!)

Fat quarters of 100% cotton, especially in non-standard prints, but not babyish. My kids have outgrown them and I'm not at the grandkid stage yet.

Stuff I'd Rather Not Get

Please, oh please, while I do love most teas, no chamomile! It makes my nose very itchy.

Also NO, (as in absolutely NONE), artificial sweeteners. No nutrasweet, aspartame, saccharine, sucralose, etc, etc, etc. It does very ugly things to my digestive system. Trust me on this. It's bad, people.

I would prefer not to receive things that are predominately puke green, pepto bismol pink, or the colour of sludge, but I won't have a fit and fall in it if I do.

The afore-mentioned baby prints.


Gabrielle rated for Quotecard Postcard #65 on Feb 16, 2013
Comment: Got your PC today and also read your profile -- sounds like you have had more than your share. I had to give you a heart just because you didn't give up and actually remembered and send the card. Also, the quotes were neat, and I love the polar bear! Sounds like we have a lot in common, not the least of which is loving AK. I hope we get to swap again sometime.
Response: I did not expect this, but I am so very touched. Thank you. Yes, I deeply loved Alaska. My oldest daughter was born there the day after my 25th birthday. I feel very deep ties. It's one of those places where I'd return in a heartbeat with no questions asked. I hope we get to swap again, too.
spinjenny rated for Quotecard Postcard #65 on Jan 30, 2013
Comment: I don't know who she is either, but I love that quote! (and the other one too)
eepy rated for Q-(Z) Alphabet PC Swap Q on Dec 4, 2012
Comment: Hi Carole, Thanks for that silly penguin and the great Emerson quote! I still want that opera quote though if you can find it. After all this holiday nonsense is done and done we should swap some cat tales in the mail.
Response: I sent a regular postcard several weeks ago. It had the opera quote on it. I hope you got it! Let me know if you didn't. I'd love to swap cat tales. (ack! almost typed "tails" Bad Carole. No cookie for me.)
dardarbinx rated for Punch Art ATC #26 - touch of Red on Oct 19, 2012
Comment: I'm sorry Carole, If you ever get a chance to send anything to me for this swap (I know you tried hard because you communicated) I will gladly change your rating.
Response: I still have not forgotten. I'm going to try a different idea, since what I was doing was coming out like....well, not pretty. I may still send it so you can get a good laugh, but I want to send something pretty. You deserve it for your patience.
kkkk rated for Punch Art ATC #26 - touch of Red on Oct 17, 2012
Comment: Carole, I am glad to learn that you are feeling better. When you get the chance to send the red punch art card, I will be happy to rerate you. Thanks so much.
Response: Little at a time. Finally officially released from PT. I should put that in my profile. Anyway, I have not forgotten you either. I think I have a far better idea than the horrific "thing" that I've been staring at half-finished for months. Please don't give up on me.
eepy rated for O-(Z) Alphabet PC Swap O on Oct 10, 2012
Comment: Hi Carole, Thanks for the "oversight"... this is definitely my handwriting too! Funny, I love those Maverick cards. Someone gave me a box of them and I like them when I'm being particularly wordy! In fact I sent you one for the Alpha "N" swap.... did you not get it yet?
chrissy32 rated for Quotecard Postcard #64 on Oct 6, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the Dali PC, an artist I love, and great quotes. I am a huge anet Evanovich fand and reallly liked her quote. Of course, by now, she is probably most glad to be a rich, famous author with so many fans!
junemoon rated for Quotecard Postcard #64 on Oct 5, 2012
Comment: You didn't sign your card --which I like a lot and I like the quotes a lot. Fortunately I've received from the other two partners so I knew it had to be you. I don't even remember a fabric post card swap.
Response: I'm going to guess that my signature got covered by the strip they sometimes put at the bottom of postcards. I've found other people's signatures under them before. If I truly neglected to sign it, I am quite sorry, as that is the last thing I do before putting stamps on the cards. I'm not surprised you don't remember the swap I mentioned. It was from 2007. :-( It was mailed a couple days ago (today is 2-21-13.) I never let myself off the hook for it.
darzy30 rated for Quotecard Postcard #64 on Oct 3, 2012
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful pc from the Hirschorn Museum and the great quotes.
bluehairedmary rated for Quotecard Postcard #63 on Sep 23, 2012
Comment: Great quotes! Sorry for the late rating!
Response: So glad you liked them!! I had fun finding them....especially the opera quote. That one made me laugh.
marinda rated for N-(Z) Alphabet PC Swap N on Sep 22, 2012
Comment: Thank you so much for the neat postcard. I especially loved your letter. Thanks so much!
Response: Oh, thank you!! I had maybe a little too much fun writing it. I'm *really* glad you liked it! Hope you have a great day!
kerrydwynn rated for M-(Z) Alphabet PC Swap M on Sep 14, 2012
Comment: Oh Carole! ~ what a great swap! Super-duper pc and the letter was so appreciated. It would make me crazy if I couldn't do my calligraphy! Your ink is so groovy! Thanks!
Response: I am *so* glad you liked it! It really makes me happy when I get it right. Ink is one of my latest passions. It's just one of those little ways I can show some personality and have fun. Hope I get to swap with you again.
bgailk rated for Quotecard Postcard #63 on Sep 4, 2012
Comment: Love all 3 quotes! The opera one gave my husband a great laugh!
Response: I figured we needed a little comic relief in the middle of the seriousness of the other two. It cracked me up as well. So glad you both liked it!
hannibal rated for Quotecard Postcard #63 on Sep 4, 2012
Comment: thank you for the great pc with the wonderful quotes. i get a real kick out of ed gardners opera quote. i am also a huge gauguin lover. this pc is one i don't have, till now. thank you again
Response: You are so very welcome! I've been holding on to that postcard for a while and hadn't had the right person to send it to. The opera quote just cracks me up, so I had to include it. Hope you have a great day!
fawnscrafts rated for L-(Z) Alphabet PC Swap L on Aug 30, 2012
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're very welcome.
RetroJane rated for Quotecard Postcard #43 on Aug 21, 2012
Comment: ADORE the Elvgren postcard! Thanks a ton :)
Response: I am *SO* happy you got it!! I'm glad I found it because I thought it'd be the perfect one for you! Took 3 cards, but I'm super thrilled this one got there, as it was by far the best of the bunch. (insert *huge* sigh of relief)
Danidiving rated for Quotecard Postcard #61 on Jul 12, 2012
Comment: Lovely card! Thanks.
gardengirl rated for Quotecard Postcard #61 on Jul 7, 2012
Comment: I just love my post card! The quotes are perfect for me... I have a garden and a library! That is makes me really happy! Books are my friends and my flowers smile at me daily! Blessings~
Bellefae rated for Quotecard Postcard #61 on Jul 6, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the colorful postcard and the great quotes!
Comment: I understand why your note was late and I appreciate you taking the time to handwrite it , though you are in obvious pain.I hope you will have a smooth recovery. Thank you so much!

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darzy30 on Mar 7, 2013:

Thank you so much for angeling Quotecard Postcard #65 with the gorgeous PC from the Udvar-Hazy Center. I really appreciate it! I am sorry you've had such a hard time recently. I hope you continue to be on the mend. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Vickyen on Oct 17, 2012:

Why are you still hosting and participating in swaps when you have not fulfilled what you owe to folks? Not sure why they have not given you a 1 yet. I am very disappointed with your action, since you are even an original member. Shame on you. You marked sent for the Punch Art ATC #26 - touch of Red swap and did not send - as is still indicated on your profile. Please do not sign up for any additional punch art swaps - you will be banned. Vickyen

kerrydwynn on Sep 14, 2012:

Hi Carole -- (added that 'e")
You are so fun considering what you have experienced -- I also read about having to put your kitty down...... I felt so sad reading it. I adore my cat and could feel your hurt! You are a great swap partner! LOVED my Mountain Lion postcard! Thanks --

MichelleWillow on May 31, 2012:

for joining THANK YOU SWAP-BOT! swap! ♥

pickleme on May 4, 2012:


I almost forgot about the bags. Love them! They will be great for fused plastic bags. My daughter had a great idea for them already. Thanks!!


cbzcando on Apr 23, 2012:

Hello! Yes, those markers are great. Use them as is or add water - hours of fun. Definite thumbs up! And thank you for the nice comments :) Happy swapping!

rachelcdoyle on Mar 31, 2012:

Message me your address, I have something for you! :)

KarlaKC on Feb 5, 2012:

Wow! Thank you for the wonderful surprise! Your Angel postcard for Quotecard Postcard #53 arrived last week, and I just loved that it was an Ernie postcard. :) And I definitely agree that if you have a garden and a library, that is all you need! Thank you for being an Angel!

courtmm11 on Feb 1, 2012:

Love the Postcard, loved the quotes, loved the card, and loved your sense of humor..... Thank you for being an awesome angel for me.... On the quote Postcard #55. Pat

freerangekarma on Feb 1, 2012:

Thanks so much for angeling the swap I got flaked on. I love the postcard and the quotes, thank you!!

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