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hooksnstamps
Date Joined: October 4, 2008
Last Online: March 19, 2013
Birthday: December 15
Country: United States
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About Me

Born & raised near the NJ shore but now live in York, PA. I love it here -- there is so much to do within an hour or two drive, but I really miss being near the beach. Although after the devastation in NJ from Hurricane Sandy, I'm thankful to be in PA. Sad to say some of my old stomping grounds are gone.

I've been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years. After 25 years in banking, I retired in 2005 due to disabilty. DH lost his engineering job in December 2008 and when he couldn't find another, we decided to try & sell our arts and crafts -- my crochet, photos & cards and his oil paintings & woodworking. We have made a bit of money and are having a lot of fun with a new group of friends in the art and photography circles.

We have 2 grown children -- a daughter Denise and a son Ed -- and 4 grandkids -- Maegan 20, Morgan 16, River 7, Tavon 3. In March 2009 we lost our grandson, Montie, at the age of 10. He had a severe case of Marfan Syndrome and had just returned home after his 13th surgery. He was our miracle and survived many more years than expected. We all miss him terribly.

We also have 2 canine kids -- both Shih Tzus named Max & BooBoo.

In 2007 we bought a 2008 midnight blue Saturn SKY convertible -- we call it our midlife crisis car! We love jumping in topless (the car, not us) and just going for a ride to nowhere.

I'm a list maker & an organizer. I'm a fanatic about having my books, CDs, DVDs, etc. on the shelves in alpha order. When I want to find something I don't want to spend a lot of time looking. My DH says I'm obsessed. Whatever!

Favorite Music

I love classic rock from the mid- to late-60s, but not heavy metal. My favorite artists from that era (I like their more recent stuff too) are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Bob Seger, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croce, Brooklyn Bridge, Bob Marley, Spyro Gyra, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac. I also like Dave Matthews, the John Butler Trio, John Mayer, U2, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz.

For quieter times I like any meditation or relaxation music, William Ackerman, Michael Jones, Andreas Vollenweider, Manheim Steamroller, James Galway, Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Andrea Boccelli.

Favorite Books

I read a lot!! I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich -- her other novels are enjoyable as well. I also like Jennifer Crusie, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, Clive Cussler, Sue Grafton, Leonard Goldberg, Margaret Truman's Capitol series. I subscribe to Redbook, Smithsonian, O (Oprah's) and several art/photography magazines.

Favorite Movies

Love to watch movies -- action/thrillers, mysteries, comedies, romantic comedies, concerts and any movie from Disney -- old classics to new releases.

We don't watch much TV but I did get hooked on the new Revolution series. Can't believe they left us hanging until 2013!

Hobbies & Fun Stuff

I love to crochet and I think I have more yarn than I can use in this lifetime!

I handstamp all my own cards but I don't do scrapbooking. Christmas cards are a huge operation and done in one big assembly line. This year I might cheat & get one of my photos made into cards.

I like to make things from stuff I find or stuff left over from some other project, especially stuff from nature (leaves, acorns, pinecones, dried or pressed flowers).

I love to garden so I have gardens on all sides of my house & all along the back property line. I do nature photography -- scenery, gardens, birds & animals -- so I have a lot of rescources in my own back yard. The best photos from places we visit on vacation or day trips are hanging on our "travel wall" in the family room. We belong to a local camera club and I have won several ribbons for my photos.

I collect lots of different things -- I have collections of elephant figurines (wood, ceramic, glass), Demdaco angels, bird figurines, Hummel figurines, coins, Santas (both figurine and tree ornaments), rubber stamps, books, music (CDs and vinyl), videos, shoes. My DH collects ceramic mugs from places we visit and baseball caps. We are just a couple of pack rats!!

I love puzzles -- all kinds -- jigsaw, number, logic problems, internet games, games on facebook, etc.

I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch but haven't picked it up in a couple of years -- I have a 1/2 finished one of Noah's Ark & a bazillion kits waiting for me.

Favorite Foods

I love brownies, chocolate...especially dark chocolate, fresh fruit, nuts (except walnuts), hot or cold black tea, cheese, wine, hot cocoa, chocolate, original Coke, gummy bears, chocolate ice cream, mashed potatoes, a good steak, dark chocolate plain M&Ms, vanilla chai and did I mention chocolate?

Likes...

Other stuff I enjoy: learning about other people, summer, smiley faces, Maxine from Hallmark, stickers & doodads for my cards, markers, Penn State football, games, the beach, cruises, Hawaii, sticky notes with fun messages or pictures, fun earrings (pierced), scented candles (especially Christmas scents), sounds of nature, massages, ice cream cones, sweet wine.

Colors: any blue, yellow & pastels

Dislikes...

walnuts, seafood, cigarette/cigar smoke, spicy food, horror books & movies, coffee, strong perfume, rude people, cars with loud thumping music, movies loaded with profanity and stickers or rubber stamps with the vintage look

Favorite Quotes

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

If its not fatal, its no big deal.

My brain is giving me the silent treatment!

Ratings

MissPaula rated for Online penpal email swap! on Feb 26, 2011
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Comment: Super e-pal! Great letter! Send me more........= )
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Comment: Thank you for resending it!!!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart!
InFlorida rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Feb 1, 2011
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Comment: I can't believe that I had not rated you yet! The pictures were beautiful. Thank you for contacting me <3
Response: Thanks for responding so quickly. Glad you liked the pics -- and thanks for the heart!
misscorbeau rated for Crafty Tips Email Swap on Jan 18, 2011
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Comment: Thank you!
weeviljing rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Jan 18, 2011
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Comment: Your photos are lovely! I like your vintage ornaments - they have a lot of sentimental value. Your grandsons did a good job decorating your Christmas tree.
Response: Glad you liked them -- thanks for the heart!
bb2 rated for Crafty Tips Email Swap on Jan 14, 2011
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Comment: Thank you for the helpful tips on storage. I have one of those cabinets like you mentioned and had forgotten about it. Can't wait to label the drawers and fill the little sections! Happy crafting in 2011.
Response: Thanks for the heart!
Rujerro rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Jan 11, 2011
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Comment: Great photos! Looked so pretty with the presents! Like out of a magazine!
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Runebound rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Jan 10, 2011
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vintervila rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Jan 3, 2011
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Comment: Thank you, very nice tree and decorations :)
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worldtraveler rated for Show Me Your Christmas Tree on Jan 3, 2011
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Comment: I love the traditional ornaments tree!! Ours is a theme tree now. It touched my heart that you let the young put a gang of santas and clump of beads and LEFT them the exact way they were delicately hung by a youngster. It adds so much character and charm and motherly caring spirit!! The light bulb pear is cute and a great idea; turned out nice!! Thank you so much for sharing the pics and great stories behind them all!!
Response: My hubby was surprised I left the tree that way since I like things "even". But it makes me smile when I look at it. Thanks for the heart! Happy New Year!
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Comment: Thanks for participating! I loved your answers!! :)
Response: Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the heart! Happy New Year!
Vickyen rated for 50+ female Me epal swap on Dec 28, 2010
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Comment: Loved reading your email and will send you a long one back, if not today over the next couple of days. I am off work this week, so it is hectic with the boys being home as well, however I am loving every minute of it!! Happy New Year and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for the heart! Looking forward to hearing back from you. Happy New Year!
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Comment: I too love John Denver and the muppets-tks and Happy Holidays
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BeautifulMess on Apr 15, 2009:

I'm so sorry about your loss, keep strong tho =)

Thinking of you and your family! xxxx

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