Swap-bot Time: April 20, 2019 12:04 am


Date Joined: June 8, 2018
Last Online: April 19, 2019
Birthday: July 24
Country: United States
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11/7/18 - I changed my profile. Not ALL of it, but updated. I have enough green stuff, and other interesting things.

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?

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
  • but also all the other colors, too!
  • 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!"
  • but I also love ALL the colors, too!

Other things I like, in no particular order.

  • abstract paintings
  • all things Irish
  • birds
  • 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 an ultra liberal
  • Atheist (a bit agnostic), 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

  • I had my first kid at 17
  • So now at 47,
  • 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.

  • I mostly stay at home and

  • Am now medicated and recovered more or less from agoraphobia.
  • But I'm still a homebody

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, so...
  • If we end up in a swap together, I'd love for you to tell me your story! You know, those anecdotes that are hilarious or sentimental that the rest of your friends and family are sick of hearing. I haven't heard them yet! Tell me! I would honestly prefer that to physical extras.
  • Also, I'll 99.99999% of the time include at least a page, likely more, with any swap. If not, though, there was a time crunch, and I'll have at LEAST a quick note. If it's a letter swap, don't worry about having to measure how many pages - mine will be WELL OVER the requirement cuz I LOVE to write letters.

What I 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 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.

Hearts - I have literally not given a heart to one person who I gave a 5, because I could tell no effort had been put in. Otherwise, I always give hearts.

Extras - Welcomed, but not required. I give hearts for people who put effort in. Who am I kidding? I basically give everyone hearts. So I do love when I see extras, but I do not feel "disappointed" when I don't see them. All I want is my swap, and if you are thinking of making it a little extra special, as I mentioned above, tell me a story. Tell me a funny thing that happened today, or a funny kid story everyone who you know IRL is sick of hearing. Even funny pet story. I would love a page or two much more than a few extra things. But I totally appreciate when you do send extra things, too, and I can make use of them. What I'm saying is, I get mail that's not a bill, I'm thrilled with it already!

Favorite Books

I sometimes read more than 200 books annually, so I 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
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Charles Dickens
  • Anne Rice
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Zadie Smith
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Anchee Minh
  • 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
  • Lisa See
  • GRR Martin
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Octavia Butler
  • Ian McEwan
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • David McCullough
  • Dominic Murray (a friend!)
  • Sherman Alexie
  • 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 Television

I watch way too much TV. 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 the 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.

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 Movies

1 Shawshank Redemption

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Dirty Dancing
  • 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.


  • Prejudice
  • Racism
  • Monotheism
  • Bible verses
  • Thoughts & Prayers
  • Insincerity
  • Pessimism
  • Large crowds
  • Small crowds if they are too noisy
  • Trying to have a conversation when I can hear another conversation or radio or TV
  • 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)


Comment: Thanks for sending this! I'm still reading through all your entries. :)
Comment: Not exactly a note card but ya did the best ya could and it looks so cute! Punch Studio ones are very nice! I buy my Punch Studio from Tuesday Morning Store (similar to TJM, Ross, or Marshals) I am the same, sweet and salty. Hard for me to pick but if I had to yea sweet. They actually do make a A&W rootbeer water flavoring which tastes just like it but no carbonation. I find it at Dollar General. Since carbonation now makes my tummy hurt, I like having the old flavor now and then. My favorite water flavoring is SunnyD, that stuff is SPOT ON for SunnyD!
Comment: Thank you so much! I loved that treehouse! I bought it for my sister and we would play after I got home from work. Hugs, Diane
Comment: Parrotlets are ADORABLE! I love Shawshank too.
shinyserra rated for Notecard with a Prompt #4 on Apr 14, 2019
Comment: I have to agree that my phone is a toy I could never give up!
Comment: what is geocaching? how long ago were u in atl? if you ever come back say hi! i love that u want a giraffe!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard. I have been to Hawaii and yes the pineapple there fresh is the best!!!
Response: Right!?!? Thanks for the rating and heart. I'm new to the B&W PC swap but I think I'll be joining in a lot in future.
Thumpersivy rated for SCATTS PC Swap - M - US Only on Apr 8, 2019
Response: Thanks for rating!
Comment: Thanks for the March zine! I love it!
Response: Hi neighbor! Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Loved your list!
Response: I'm glad, thanks for the rating and heart!
mejulia rated for PH: City or Town (Blank or Naked) on Mar 31, 2019
Comment: Great postcards, thank you.
Response: Glad you like them, thanks for the rating and heart!
Comment: Thanks for the postcard and Luna quote!
Response: You bet - LOVE Luna! haha. Thanks for the rating and heart.
Comment: Great postcard!
Response: Thanks for the rating - glad you like it!
Comment: Thank you for the pretty spring postcard! I love tulips. They have a special place in my heart because my Dad had them in his garden and my Dad passed away many years ago. Whenever I see a tulip, I think of my Dad.
Response: That's so cool! For my dad, it's peacocks. It's nice to think of spring today, during our blizzard. haha! Thanks for the rating and the heart! And happy spring.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I totally agree with you on Michelle Obama. She's amazing and I really adore her. I read her book the second I could get my hands on it and loved it!
Response: That's awesome! I'm glad people outside the US know that we're not all - oh, I best stay out of politics. But yeah, Michelle is amazing, and thank you for the heart and rating!
Comment: Thank you for the scenic card. Enjoy your travel planning!
Response: Thanks so much for the rating and heart, glad you liked the card and hopefully the prompt!
margaeli rated for Simply Send a Postcard USA #3 on Mar 27, 2019
Comment: My. son & daughter-in-law live in Eden Prairie and I'm sure are acquainted with MN loons (both feathered and non-)!! I don't think we have loons in AZ, but since they're a water bird, we might in other parts of the state. No water in Phoenix. :). Thanks for a lovely card. Happy swapping.
Response: That's so cool that your son lives in MN. It's an awesome state! A little bit colder than AZ, though. Like is he all excited about the fun blizzard we got last night/today? haha! Thanks so much for the rating and the heart!
Jenicat rated for Year of Wacky Holiday Zines - March on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great zine. I loved Duran Duran. I even saw them in concert. There’s a few good songs/bands that were ok I guess. Here and there lol
Response: I'm so glad you love Duran Duran! And jealous you got to see them in concert! Anyway, thanks so much for the heart and rating, and my USPS daily notification tells me your April zine is in my mailbox, but we had a surprise blizzard so it may be a few days before I get to see it - I know it's awesome, though. Thanks for the rating and heart!
zombiina rated for Simply Send a Postcard USA #3 on Mar 26, 2019
Comment: Hello fellow Ravenclaw. I've always wanted to see the Joshua Trees. Thank you for the kind words.
Response: Glad you enjoyed it! Always love to meet Ravenclaws! Thanks for the rating and the heart.

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nancylee on Apr 17, 2019:

Doctor Who: Profile Swap I haven't seen all the Dr's but I really like David Tennant and Donna Noble as a team...

I just want you to know, there are worlds out there, safe in the sky because of her. That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble. A thousand, million light years away. They will never forget her, while she can never remember. But for one moment, one shining moment, she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe.DR.

He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures…and runs a lot. Seriously, there’s an outrageous amount of running involved. Donna Noble

forfeitco on Apr 15, 2019:

Hello, I'm your partner from the Doctor Who profile swap. One of my favourite quotes from Doctor Who is from Season 6 - A Good Man Goes to War:

"Demons run when a good man goes to war, Night will fall and drown the sun, When a good man goes to war. Friendship dies and true love lies, Night will fall and the dark will rise, When a good man goes to war. Demons run, but count the cost. The battle's won but the child is lost"

TeaRoll on Mar 25, 2019:

Thank you so much for the extra Zine. It is super cute!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

yvonne401 on Mar 20, 2019:

A good friend is like a four leaf clover. Hard to find but lucky to have.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love and blessings,

Your friend, Yvonne

anrtist on Mar 20, 2019:

HAPPY SPRING!!!! yay YAY yay SPRING is finally here! LOL ;-)

Blessings, cc

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Mar 20, 2019:


supersquirrel on Mar 18, 2019:

What a cutie!!

christy102194 on Mar 18, 2019:

Happy St.Patty's to you too! ^^

AmookIslandCreations on Mar 18, 2019:

Thanks for the happy St. Pat's Day greeting. Hope you have your luckiest year ever! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry

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