Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2023 5:38 am


Date Joined: November 29, 2011
Last Online: September 18, 2022
Birthday: May 26
Country: Canada
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About Me

I really enjoy travelling with my husband, walking my dog, collecting rocks and shells at the beach (I have them all around the house on my windowsills), writing to my penpals, photography, and card making (using photos or rubber stamps). I have gone to India, USA, France, England, Costa Rica over the past 15 years! So many more places I would love to visit.

I love anything to do with gardening. It is therapy for me. I grow coneflowers, roses, and herbs (thyme, lavender, and sage). I have created a fairy garden in my backyard (in a pot). I would like to visit as many botanical gardens as possible in my lifetime - starting with Canadian ones.

I love animals, many of them in fact, but my heart flutters fast for birds. I enjoy watching the feeder and writing to my pals. It inspires me.

My favorite times of year are Spring, Fall, and Halloween. I think that birthdays are very important too.

I am a fan of old rock bands, music from the 80's, Star Trek: Voyager, Pipi Longstockings, and Ann of Green Gables. I watch Hawaii 5-0 and Blue Blood, and any shows related to unlikely animal friendships.

I LOVE Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Channing Tatum, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, Melissa McCarthy, Romy Schneider, JLo. I am a big movie buff. I try to go to the movies as often as I can. I Love being at the theatre and forget about the real world for two hours.

I swap for fun...

The type of swapper I am

If you do not get my items or it does not seem to fit the swap, please let me know and I will gladly resend

If you are missing a rating from me, let me know ASAP. Life is busy with long work hours and many other family duties.

If I do not get your swap item, I will contact you first to give you the opportunity to resolve.

If you send me a pm to let me know you will mail after the deadline, I will rate the swap and not how quick it gets here.

I get larger packages weighted at post office. Regular mail is dropped in a box near my home. The mail lady does not always pickup on Friday or Monday so I try to drop the mail at an outlet when possible. The date stamp on the envelope does not always reflect when the mail left my hands. With the postal service, I have learned to be patient!

I often send my swaps on the deadline date. I am naturally slow.

I will give you a heart for work well done and for a complete swap. Extras are welcome, but sometimes less is better.

What I like

I like notecards, rhinestones, pens, postcards, and lined writing paper. I have a serious addiction to Sharpies!!! I also appreciate photos of birds and flowers taken by you.

I love Zentangle and learning new patterns. I haven't had the time to commit to this art.

I collect mint stamps (souvenir sheets) and postcards showing nature, animals, trees, butterflies, birds, cartoons. I love post cards from Zazzle and MAXI cards! I don't enjoy multi views.

I love elephants, giraffes, panda and polar bears, owls, turtles, whales, sea horses, planes, butterflies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, fairies and cute gothic images.

Teas: I like teas from the company Teavana. I enjoy anything with ginger and bold fruit flavors. I am not a big tea drinker, but when I have a tea, I look for comfort. My morning always start with coffee!

Flaked by and other troubles

@demismummy - She had a double profile: missamminorth.

@Treksek -Flaked me on Christmas Decorated Envelope-international

@nachtsonne - flaked me on my own swap -Book Club-Twisted

Notecard Swap #6 - no rating from @jeanjeanie

RESEND to @pimbot ->Happy happy mail teabags #10 -never rated me nor acknowledged she received my swap.

Prick and Stitch Handmade Card - Easter - no rating from @pandabee This card took me 5 hours to make.

A Journal and a Pen - I was not rated by @bearingitallreno She has not responded to my PMs or emails and she has not logged on since March 17/2014. This is sad considering the swap was expensive for me.

I have sent the swap "Let's Swap Happy Mail-new Edition" to @momtoanimals on August 21, 2014, but it was returned to me as "unable to forward". Carissa has not logged on since August 3rd and she has not replied to my message. I will wait for her to get back to me before I resend the package.

The type of Host I am

I will angel if you are flaked in my swaps. I create swaps that I can angel.

I welcome private swaps.

I reserve the right to ban a participant that does not meet my requirements. I try to protect participants to my swaps the best I can by being vigilant with reading profiles and checking ratings.

I require recent activities on the profile. If you have not been on Swapbot for a long time, please contact me first before joining.

I request well filled profiles. No need to complain or send me nasty PM. If you are taking the fun out of MY swap, you will be banned and blocked.

I wish people stopped asking me to create USA only swap. I don't live in the USA and can't do it.

If you do not like these rules, please create your own swaps!


I am very active on Instagram. Come see me there: gale123.


I have a hedgehog, two hermit crabs, a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, and a worm farm. I love items related to the pets. I can use them or chat about them on IG.


midteacher rated for Autumn Postcard or Notecard 2019 on Dec 4, 2019
Comment: I like the editing you did on this, Beautiful photo!
Response: Thank You. Happy you enjoyed the swap!
bf0932 rated for SS ~ Vacation photo on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter about your trip to Miami, and the photos, too.
Response: Thank you. It was a great trip with so many things to see.
Scuslidge rated for SS: 5 Photo Notecards: Q3 2019 on Nov 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely notecards. My favorite is the old pickup!
Response: You are welcome! The pickup photo was taken at the winery in Niagara Region. I love rusted vehicles.
mb58ca rated for Correspondence Goodie Bag on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: Gale, thanks for the awesome package!!! Makes me want to resend yours to match—was low on postage money. Thanks so much.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it. No need to resend lol
Comment: Thanks for swap 😊
Comment: Beautiful photos, thank you very much! The polar bear and mourning dove were stunning, really appreciate you sharing them with me — and so great you’re back swapping, enjoyed your note, too — sure have missed you!!
Response: oh Lou, thank you so much. I miss you too. So busy here, life gets away in a flash... see you soon in the mail.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package - I love everything! My favorite item I think is the "Merry Christmoose" ornament! I wrote "Swap-Bot 2018" on the back so I will always remember where it is from when I hang it every year :) The stocking stuffer is in my stocking waiting for Christmas morning! I love the pretty cards (I may not be able to send them to anyone - I want to keep them for myself!) I loved the Christmas memory you included too, and all the wonderful little notes for the swap. I really enjoyed receiving this lovely package! Thank you so so much, and Merry Christmas!!
SilverD rated for Take a Walk Series - September on Oct 28, 2018
Comment: My favorite is the last one, really gorgeous! They are all really lovely. I really like how you presented them also. Very nicely done, thank you.
Kiwi rated for CH: Coins: 1, 5, 10 on Oct 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the coins!
Comment: Wow I loved all you sent and the eagle took my breath away, your photos are always amazing AND many thanks for your letter and the special magnets gift, too!!
marles rated for Sharp Shooters: Favorite Photo(s) on Oct 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful pictures!! I love sunflowers also!!
midteacher rated for Take a Walk Series-August on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous sunflowers! And I alike the idea of making a mini booklet for them. Great swap!
Response: Thank You! I am happy you enjoy this creative attempt ;)))
pinkrenegade rated for Writers Scavenger Hunt - 4 on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: ♥♥ Thank you Gale for such a great swap! You went all out! The picture you took of the frog in your garden is incredible, so clear, and how you made it as a card with an envelope. ♥♥ Many hearts to you! Thank you for Everything!
Response: I am so happy you enjoyed the swap and the card ;)))
Nnyla rated for Take a Walk Series-July on Aug 18, 2018
Comment: Squeals! Can you hear my squeals of delight all the way in Canada? This is such a fantastic package, Gale, as usual. The elements of the classic cars....priceless! But you also sent the tiny elephant!!! Thank you so much! I haven't even had time to set up the private swap yet, and you just sent them! So kind of you. I owe you. I won't forget. Just have to get a handle on back-to-school life again. Thanks for this whole beautiful swap. Love the detailed letter and the card you wrote it on too!
Response: You are welcome my friend. When I saw we were partnered for the swap, I decided to send you the cards you requested. It is easier that way.
Comment: Love the PL, sooooo calming to look at
Response: I am so happy you enjoyed it. It was my first time doing one with items outside the pocket ;)
Nnyla rated for Wild Card! on Jul 20, 2018
Comment: What an adorable turtle! I can't wait to blog about him. Thank you! Also, I didn't forget about our side-swap. Just uber busy the last few weeks.
Response: I am happy you enjoyed the card ;) I love turtles and to see one in the wild was quite awesome. I am busy too so I know what you mean.
riftvegan rated for Take a Walk Series-June on Jul 15, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Love your wildlife photos at the sanctuary!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely pocket letter
Comment: Very lovely cards. Thank you! The squirrel looks like he hasn’t skipped a meal ever! What a big squirrel!
Response: The squirrels here are the size of cats and they are just so beautiful especially the grey ones. I am happy you enjoyed the cards I made for you ;)
Nnyla rated for Fierce Woman: Photo Inspiration 2018 on May 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the fierce fish-slinging woman. She is pretty fierce. Thanks, too, for sharing all the details of the experience--makes blogging about her so much easier. LOL! Love the quote too!
Response: You are welcome my friend. I am happy you enjoyed your swap.

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lou on May 22, 2018:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

lou on May 1, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

miablancs on Apr 7, 2017:

Welcome to the group Joy of Penpalling Canada. Please could you go to the group forum section of the group and fill out the Questionnaire. Everyone in this group are officers so that we can all create swaps. If you would like to help out more than that and become a group founder please let me know Thank you and Happy Swapping

dartha on Apr 7, 2017:

Thank you so very much for the awesome surprise I received today - you really didn't need to Gale, but I do LOVE them!!! The Canadian stamps are so much cooler than ours and of course I love snoopy :). If there is ever a US stamp you want please just ask. Thank you -thank you - thank you, darla

AEK7300 on May 26, 2015:

Happy Birthday! Many wishes to you...

AEK7300 on Apr 1, 2015:

Welcome to Bird Lovers Group - BLoG!

shellsajerseygirl on Dec 29, 2014:

Thank You for swapping with me. Your shots are always the best =)

Tina78 on Oct 25, 2014:

Already have got two lovely letters for " months of mail october" Thank you!

bbsporty on May 26, 2014:

Happy Birthday!

TereDiane1954 on Mar 15, 2014:

Hi, welcome to Color and Light! Come on by the group and check out our swaps--and a fun RAK!--and get to know us:)

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