Swap-bot Time: October 18, 2018 5:27 am


Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: October 17, 2018
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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Note: I was apparently an original member. Never did a swap, but here: http://www.swap-bot.com/user:user744 if you have questions about my membership status. Rachel suspended that one so I could use this one, not realizing I had already had one.

About Me

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I'm 47. I like many types of art, and have gone through phases in life, always creating. Some phases I've been through.

  • cross stitch
  • knitting
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • mod podge madness
  • painting with acrylics
  • sketching
  • zentangles
  • inchies (my new budding fave)
  • stamping and card making (Stampin' Up)
  • And then, no matter what else I may be doing art-wise, I'm always a writer.
  • There have been more, no doubt, but who can remember it all?

If I am sending you a postcard or notecard, the colorful side? I probably painted that. Or tangled it. I like painting. I am not good at painting, so don't worry about finding a picture in there, but I like mixing pretty colors in pretty ways.

I'm fanatically obsessed with.

  • the color green
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • David Tennant
  • dogs
  • songbirds
  • Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
  • and mainly, the color GREEN. My daughter can't wait to move out cuz "I'm sick of living in a lime!"
  • Newest obsession: squares. Don't ask me why. Love 'em.

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • travel
  • having all adult children!!!!
  • being on my OWN for the first time in my LIFE
  • photography (but the kind with the $200 camera or my iPhone 7+),not the $1500 camera--

As for who I am.

  • I am ultra liberal
  • Atheist which means
  • I love people very much and
  • Appreciate life now cuz I believe it's all I've got and
  • I don't hate religious people who don't hate others.
  • I have a kid who's gay. Have been a vocal supporter of gay rights since Matthew Shepard (I'll bet half of you youngsters don't even know who that is--if not, you really should look up his story. Heartbreaking.)
  • All 3 of my kids are mixed race (white/black)
  • I had 4 grandkids, but
  • One died of SIDS at age 4 months and 5 days.

  • I'm from Minnesota born and raised

  • And plan to start a life of travel in about a year
  • Because I've hardly been anywhere.
  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 46,
  • I'm "free" for the first time in my entire life.
  • Not married, kids grown and heading out.
  • I'm in a stage where I am seeking ME.
  • Part of that is I've started painting.
  • And the travel thing.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody
  • So the travel thing will be WAY out of my comfort zone.
  • And yet, everything I've ever wanted.

Grandkids are the very reason for having kids. They are so awesome!!!

My dad died 3 years ago, and I still miss him every single day of my life, and my ex (children's father) died 2 years ago, and I miss him more and more. I thought time was supposed to heal! I'm patient...

  • I love history.
  • I am and have always been a writer. I journal a LOT and write fiction a LOT. Please don't ask me what I've published. I'll let you know if I ever have something to answer that question with! Well, blog articles, which I do for work.
  • I think people and their stories are super interesting, and
  • When I do travel, I plan to collect as many people's stories as possible.
  • Also I just discovered Smash Books and am definitely going to make one for each trip!
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story!

I'm newly into these things like ATC and inchies. So cool.

Favorite Music

I mostly listen to books and NPR, but in the last couple years, Pandora and I have been working out my fave music. So here's some of my fave artists.

  • Maroon 5!
  • Mumford & Sons!
  • The Fray
  • Milky Chance
  • Bastille
  • Of Monsters & Men
  • The Lumineers
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • The Arctic Monkeys
  • The Script
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • AWOL Nation
  • Fallout Boy
  • The White Stripes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Foster the People

So that, whatever that is called.

Favorite Books

I wrote what's below and decided it's a bit of a cheat. Of course I don't have one fave book. But I do quite like Les Miserables. And King's Dark Tower series. And then below are my authors.

I'm not entirely certain there is enough room. I read more than 200 books annually, but I definitely have a list of favorite authors, which includes, first and foremost, Stephen King. Then in no particular order.

1 Stephen King

  • JK Rowling.
  • Amy Tan.
  • Louise Erdrich (home grown).
  • Bryce Courtenay.
  • Charles Dickens.
  • Anne Rice.
  • Alexander McCall Smith.
  • Zadie Smith.
  • Brandon Sanderson.
  • Ursula K Leguin.
  • Joe Hill.
  • Owen King.
  • Margaret Atwood (long before the Hulu show came out).
  • Gregory Maguire.
  • William Kent Krueger (home grown).
  • NK Jemisin.
  • Charlaine Harris (guilty pleasure).
  • Diana Gabaldon.
  • GRR Martin.
  • JRR Tolkien.
  • Octavia Butler.
  • Ian McEwan
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • David McCullough.
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!).
  • Sherman Alexie (separate from recent events).
  • Tony Hillerman.
  • Margaret Cole.
  • John D. McDonald.
  • Lemony Snicket.
  • Walter Mosley.

Okay, there are so many more. But you get the idea. I like books.

Favorite Movies

This is easier.

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  • Tombstone (the only Western on the list cuz - not a fan of Westerns - but the Wyatt Earp/ Doc Holliday relationship in this gets me every time).
  • Harry Potter movies.
  • Meet the Parents.
  • Schindler's List.
  • Dead Again.
  • Fallen.
  • Star Trek movies.

I don't watch a lot of movies. But this is a selection of ones I have liked.

Favorite Television

Oh, now this could be awhile. Okay. The top three, in the order I became a fan of them, are

1 The West Wing, BBC's Sherlock, and Doctor Who.

2 Then All Law & Orders (I will always love Jerry Orbach), Firefly (robbed!), Grey's Anatomy.

And in no particular order

  • ER
  • Buffy
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • Being Human (UK)
  • Star Trek (all)
  • LA Law
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Young Sheldon
  • Modern Family
  • Blackish
  • Life in Pieces

Much to my shame, there are many more. I'll leave it at that, though.

Places I Plan to Travel

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Portland, OR
  • Portland, ME
  • Probably New York City?
  • Maybe the Grand Canyon, but scared... I can't remember the word, probably German, they have the best words, but the thing where you fear you will just suddenly toss yourself off the edge? Me, all the way. I hate walking over bridges. I really don't think I can do a freaking canyon. Especially not a Grand one.
  • Ireland
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • New Zealand (LOTR vacation)
  • Peru (Machu Picchu)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Thailand


  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Religion
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Loud Noises
  • Ticks
  • Pickles
  • Bagless Vacuums
  • Cleaning (though I love having a clean home, so...)
  • Cats (but only because I am so allergic to them that if I'm around them too long I might actually die, otherwise they are cool)

What I'd Like to Receive

This was going to be a list, but I realized what I'd like to receive is something you put your heart into. If it's a postcard, it can be either something you are super interested in, or something that matches stuff I've written here. Just please no bible verses. I don't like that. If you want to pray for my soul, feel free, just don't tell me about it. :D I have realized that as far as postcards go, I mainly look at the side you have written on. Sometimes I forget to look at the "front" for days. So it's your words that mean the most to me.

ATCs - People here are at all different levels, and as long as I can tell you put your best into it, I love it! I mean, if you wanna send me green stuff, of course, I love that BEST, but actually, I truly love each one best. I mean, think about it. You are sitting down, spending time, sometimes a lot of time, creating a piece of art for me. Of course I love it!

Notecards - Again, as far as what it looks like, whatever floats your boat, or mine. It's your words I care about. Share a piece of you, and I love it.

Letters - The longer, the better, baby. That's all I'm saying. Also, PLEASE legible, because I hate when I try to read it and can't! So if you're writing a really looooong letter and your hand gets tired, set it aside for the next day or something, so I can definitely read it. I'll do the same for you.

Extras - Welcomed, but not required. I give hearts for people who put effort in. Who am I kidding? I basically give everyone hearts. Which means, if you haven't gotten a heart from me, I was either A: forgetful, sorry! Or B: unimpressed with your effort. I think that's happened once or twice ever. And I still felt guilty.

Also, I usually send extras, just cuz I like getting them, but on rare occasions, life is preventing me. Maybe I'm not home but I brought notecards to write. Maybe I bought notecards from wherever I am. Maybe I was finally finished writing out cards, letters, whatever, and I'm already in bed, and I can reach my stamps and address labels and washi tape, and simply cannot be bothered to get up and reach extras, so I just send a notecard, because I have some OCD tendencies, and one of them is when the thing is finished, you put it in the envelope and you put the stamp on it and seal the envelope and you send it. For whatever reason, if I didn't send extras, I'm sorry. But I really love writing (if you've gotten this far, you pretty well know THAT), so hopefully I at least connected with you and put my heart in the note. I usually do...

Stuff Not Mentioned - You get the picture.


Comment: Thank you, I enjoyed reading your answers! :)
Comment: What great answers. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself.
Naya rated for WIYM: Pocket Letter - Mixed Media on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pocket letter. I like your idea!!
SparkJoy rated for WIYM: List Journal - INTL on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your list journal with me. I appreciate how personal it is. I related to a lot and got a few ideas too. I'm not done with mine yet. It's harder than I thought!
ttbishop rated for A.I. Doodle It ATC on Oct 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute ATC and bad jokes! :-)
supersquirrel rated for Mega Trading Coin Swap on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: Very cool ATC! Thank you for the extras too - especially the dainty doily :)
rjdolphin rated for Mega Trading Coin Swap on Oct 14, 2018
Comment: very cute. Thanks for the extras
bjansen rated for Scattergories PC Swap - N - US only on Oct 13, 2018
CAMILES rated for Mega Trading Coin Swap on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Love the Zentangle coin, great job on it. Thanks for extras.
Response: I'm glad you liked it, and the extras! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Artstamper rated for Mega Trading Coin Swap on Oct 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome ATCoin. I love It that it is zentangled! Also thanks for the extras.
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and heart! I'm glad you liked it all.
USAFwife rated for R&W: Great American Read on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :) I agree - obviously - about Shirley Jackson. The Haunting of Hill House is one of my all time favorite books. That none of her books are listed is a shock to me. As I think I've said, I feel more like this list is the bestseller list - with 50 Shades of Grey and James Patterson, Twilight on the list - rather than most read. But it is usually interesting to me to see these types of lists. Thanks, again, for sharing. :)
Response: As always...long letter on the way to you!
Camiliann rated for MFF: Halloween Owl ATC on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: ATC arrived. Thanks for telling me you were sending it late (11 days) due to being sent back for more postage. But it still arrived with postage due.
Response: Seriously!!!!???? They put ON THE ENVELOPE how much postage it needed, and I put that on it. Rude!!! I'm so sorry about that, and hope at least that you liked the card. Thank you for the rating.
Tessssssa rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Monsters on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the flipbook. I loved the monsterjokes, such a fun idea!
Response: Thanks! It was my second flipbook, but still had not seen one in person, and actually I think I could have done much better. But that's the learning curve, eh? Anyway, glad you liked the jokes, and thank you for the rating!
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart.
JaMaJo rated for IBATL ~ Fall Twinchies on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you! They are cute! I need to find one of those little twinchie holder things. I hold on to things, too. LOL! Thanks again!
Response: [You can find them here](https://www.amazon.com/American-Crafts-Keepers-Instagram-Sleeves/dp/B011I9QDMA/ref=pd_sim_201_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B011I9QDMA&pd_rd_r=013dc78c-ccdb-11e8-a1fa-3b320cf86cd1&pd_rd_w=WmbZm&pd_rd_wg=ZRYeK&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=SQARSQGV9MHK4TWVR696&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=SQARSQGV9MHK4TWVR696) I hope that worked as a link, but either way, that's where you can get the inserts. Then Amazon should also show you the little albums that go with it. ALSO I'm so glad you liked the twinchies!!! It was very last second when I finally got inspired, and then I was very happy with them, so glad you are, too. Thanks so much for the rating and the heart.
polyk rated for WIYM: 2 Partner Trading Coin Swap on Oct 9, 2018
Comment: Love this coin!!! Especially the little β€œquote” you added to it - definitely made it a lot more fun!
Response: I had fun finding the quote for that! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart.
mcall rated for Triple Mini Pocket Letter on Oct 6, 2018
Comment: I love it!!! thankful for carmex I am too LOL. the tiny buttons are precious never saw them so tiny Thanks
Response: I know, I ordered those on ebay and didn't realize how SUPER tiny they would be!!! I'm glad you like the first pocket letter I ever made! Thanks so much for the heart and the rating.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard! Yes, I think this is a great swap to spread some happiness around!
Response: Absolutely true. Glad you liked it and thanks so much for the rating and heart!
jannieb rated for Mega Trading Coin Swap on Oct 5, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the coin you sent. I really enjoyed receiving from you. I think you're doing great. Keep up the good work. Take care!
Response: Thanks so much. I'm so glad you liked it. That means a ton coming from you!!! Thanks for the rating and the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cactus PC! And the quote is too cute! You're the sweetest!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the rating and the heart.

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Michelle0329 on Sep 27, 2018:

Thank you for the "extra" strawberry postcard!!! I'm glad you mailed it!! I like getting them in the mail!! It made my day! :)

craftykat68 on Sep 21, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending the raok of coin backs!!That was very kind of you to do that for me!!

Ramya on Sep 20, 2018:


Bhindblueeyes on Sep 11, 2018:

Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

yvonne401 on Sep 7, 2018:

Welcome to IBATL! It's great to have you here!



stormofangels on Sep 6, 2018:

OMG! I mix colors in a pretty way also! That would be an awesome postcard and/or note card swap.. giggles.. hint hint

jenmcjen on Sep 1, 2018:


stormofangels on Jul 24, 2018:

Those cards were from a long time ago, from Close to My Heart. :) I have some more around somewhere getting through my clutter, if I find more I will let you know! :)

Candyn29 on Jul 16, 2018:

Welcome to swapbot

Ramya on Jun 16, 2018:

Thank you for joining the Uniquely Me #1 Swap! ✨

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