Swap-bot Time: March 23, 2018 11:33 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: March 22, 2018
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated March 20, 2018

In the end of January I slipped on the ice - one foot forward and the right one under me. The fall dislocated my ankle and broke my fibula close to the ankle. Now I can put weight on my right foot and I can drive again. I’m limping a bit and using crutches to walk longer distances. The physical therapist said I’m doing better than most at this point.

I love the woods and mountains and the ocean. I live in Minnesota (I'm not from here) and winter is too long. My spouse is a professor and busy with research so I'm often finding adventure on my own. I don't have children and dote on my nieces and nephews.

My kitchen is my craft room. Someone said I'm fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts. I'm making quick breads for a little sweet in our lunches and learning the science of baking bread. In March I made lemon cake roll and, when the filling oozed out of the sides, I turned it into a lovely trifle. Dessert for my book club in April was a huge hit and simple to make: DIY profiteroles. I made pâte à choux and butterscotch sauce. I put these and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and high quality store-bought chocolate sauce on the dining room table, and everyone served themselves.

I love to travel. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to travel to many parts of the world. I lived in France and worked and lived in India and Israel. When I'm away from home, I try new foods, explore markets, and meet local people as well as seeing museums and historic and natural UNESCO sites. With Airbnb accommodations I go on and beyond the usual tourist haunts.

  • 2017: Chicago, and Madison and Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws. Boston, New York and Morristown, NJ to meet Pattie in person.
  • 2016: Dallas and Houston; Boston and New York City; Chicago
  • 2015: a road trip to Texas and back with a stop to see sights in KC, MO
  • 2014: Prague, Czech Republic; Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Munich and Berlin, Germany
  • 2013: New York, Toronto, Chicago, Thanksgiving in Texas
  • and Canada, China, Japan, Korea, London (with a side trip to Bath and Stonehenge), Madrid and Salamanca, Spain, Switzerland, ...
  • Where I want to go: Somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere and Yellowstone

I read (mostly fiction by women) and work outside in our well-shaded garden. Alas, shade means lovely spring flowers and no vegetables. I watch films and TV programs on Netflix and Amazon.


My postcrossing profile

On Postcrossing, I'm 36th on most postcards sent from the US and 33th on longest distance. Every once in a while I move one notch higher.

Art and architecture, ethnic, famous people, local characters, markets, mountains, oceans, and vintage postcards are among my favorites. I love receiving vintage cards found in flea markets as much as I loved finding great ones (now all sent) at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. Sorry, Zazzle and Christian legend postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

More kinds of postcards on my wish list:

  • Airplanes, robots, rockets and lighter-than-air aircraft. I took flying lessons so I could fly airships. I never took the Practical Knowledge Test. And I wasn't sure how I'd raise enough money to buy an airship. Because you can't rent one. Unless someone gave me a job flying one. Except I need to log many hours flying an airship to get a job.
  • Arts & Crafts design; William Morris patterns
  • Day of the Dead art
  • Elephants, giraffes, puffins and penguins
  • Gnomes, fairies, elves and hedgehogs
  • Joseph Cornell boxes
  • Maps
  • Modern art like abstract expressionism & Andy Warhol
  • Totoro, gotochi, and anime cards from Japan

manders loves kawaii

I am an appreciator of kawaii more than a collector. I use sheets from kawaii letter sets and memo pads for lists and notes around the house as well as the letters I send. I use lots of washi tape too.

I collect sticker sheets, especially ones that tell a story. They are a little collection I tuck away.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. Two exceptions: poo and dogs' rear ends. If pressed to name one favorite character, I'd be torn between Sentimental Circus and Sumikko Gurashi.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

The loose sticker flakes I receive go into a bowl on my desk. I decorate outgoing envelopes with these stickers: the sticker flakes you send me may head back to you. I use bone or teflon folders to rub sticker flakes flat on (empty) envelopes and postcards so they travel safely in the mail.

What else does manders like?

  • A personal note or letter
  • Blank notecards and envelopes
  • Blank postcards, new or vintage, to send
  • Handmade envelopes, large enough for postcards, please
  • Magnetic bookmarks
  • Quick bread recipes, like banana bread
  • Slow cooker recipes that don't include a can of soup or ranch dressing: we cook from scratch
  • Tea of all sorts, wrapped (I like trying new teas)
  • Pressed pennies for my brother who collects them

Message me for more suggestions.

See Please do not send below.

Please do not send...

  • Cell phone charms: There's no place to hang them on an iPhone.
  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coffee
  • Coloring postcards and sheets
  • Confetti and glitter (unless the swap says to)
  • Disney
  • Dollar store/dollar bin items
  • Hello Kitty that's not Hello Kitty Original
  • Kawaii pictures of poo and dogs' rear ends
  • Magnets (our refrigerator is stainless steel)
  • Rubber stamps (I have plenty)
  • Stickers that are not kawaii
  • Tatty or tacky (exception for over-the-top tacky)
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • X-rated items
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)


sebastian122 rated for KSU: Kawaii Divination on Mar 22, 2018
Comment: I could NOT figure out that envelope!! lol@me Comin' back at'cha in tomorrow's mail, baby! Thanks for joining, I hope it was fun.
dawnakaulen rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #16 on Mar 20, 2018
Comment: So glad you are on the mend! Thank you for the nice selection of PC's.
bombardiette rated for ISS: Historical PC on Mar 19, 2018
Comment: Loved this PC - and your note on the back. The next time I get to the beach, I'll say hello to her from you. I've been landlocked before myself and was never happy about it. The PC is wonderful. xoxo
Comment: Great selection of postcards. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I enjoyed the swap. Thanks for hosting it.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cool coloring cards and kawaii notecard. <3 I'm glad you finally got a menorah you liked!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad I didn't send holiday items! I slipped on ice and broke my leg in the end of January. I'm just now getting caught up and swapping again.
Comment: Thanks for the fun pc. I really like the illustrations.
Response: You're welcome. I slipped on ice and broke my leg in the end of January. I'm just now getting caught up and swapping again.
turboneko rated for KSU: Sticker Flake Postcard on Jan 29, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm just now getting caught up and swapping again.
Comment: Thank you for the memo pad and sticker flake sack! So cute!
Response: You're welcome. I'm just now getting caught up and swapping again
Comment: Ooooo fun! Thanks for sending them my way!
Response: Your'e welcome. I'm happy to move them along.
EllieBeth8 rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #25 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards!! That's so interesting about your father. I lived in Ft. McMurray for awhile! It's an interesting place. Have a great day! Shelley
Response: You're welcome. I'm happy that it arrived in your mailbox so quickly, a week after I sent it. I guess your postal service is catching up.
Comment: I totally recognize that card. =D Thanks for sharing so much cuteness with me! I love it all. XOXO
Response: You're welcome. What goes around comes around!
Lonestarchild rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #11 on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Such a wonderful variety! Love the old doors. Thank you so much!
Response: You're welcome. I aim to please.
Sammoning rated for PH: "A" Is For (Blank or Naked) on Jan 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you for this literally naked postcard :) How amazing that you worked at the Louvre, I'm hoping to visit it some day!
Response: You're welcome! Be sure to make lots of time to go to museums in Paris. Every one is a gem.
Comment: Wow, saw your postal mark of Saint Paul, MN, you really know the cold this winter. We know your start is the "Refrigerator" of the US. Thank you for the "January Snow" themed PC you sent to me. Those poor people in the photo of the PC, they know the meaning of an "Artic Blast."
Response: Last weekend I headed south, to Chicago where it was 25° warmer than our hometown. My spouse stayed home to make sure the pipes didn't freeze. Now it's balmy, above freezing!!!
Comment: Such an amazing mix of memos! I hope it's warmed up for you - I'd be really upset to have cancel travel plans,
Response: We have a few days of balmy weather, with temps above freezing. We make our trip tomorrow, a four hour drive the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to see my in-laws.
MamaMangrove rated for PH: Send 3 Postcards #7 on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Always a treat to get a swap from you, Meredith. Such an interesting selection of vintage cards. The one that intrigued me the most was the one from the amateur radio operators, since I've spent some time sailing in that remote area of the Caribbean. No snow here, but a few days of temps in the 30's was tough in my un-heated cottage. Hope you are managing to stay warm in your far colder weather in MN. Thank you for a great swap & for sharing the wonderful 10 rupee note. And yes, I'd be delighted to have more anytime you want to include any in future swaps. Hugs...
Response: I'm delighted that you're delighted! A wool sweater, wool socks, and a wool blanket will help you through those freezing temps better than fleece. Friends who live in Israel without heat do this. When I go in the winter I always take along a wool sweater.
ContraryHousewife rated for FS: Tea and a cheery note on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the colorful envelope, the lovely note and the tea. I will be enjoying it tomorrow while I watch it snow.
Response: You're welcome. We have balmy weather for a few days, above freezing!!!
Macw1975 rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2018 on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Nice cardboard! I love goldfish & so do my kids.
Response: You're welcome. I buy the big box of little portion-control bags at Costco because we love them too.
Elliepatterson rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Jan 2018 on Jan 10, 2018
Comment: Warm Winter Greetings, Thank you for the Jan. chunk. I've never seen the Alzheimer' postage stamp before. It' a keeper.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
aspens rated for CPG Flat Happy Mail #2 (Global) on Jan 9, 2018
Comment: First of all, a heart for sending well before the send-by date! And I wish I could give you more hearts because I absolutely LOVE each postcard (very rarely does someone knock off my likes like that). And yes! Thank you for sending the rupee note! I'm starting a little collection of foreign money, with the goal that they will be used. Thank you for amazing Happy Mail!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad it's *real* happy-making mail. And I know exactly what you mean by sending well before the send by date. I'm still waiting for two US cards sent on the send by date, December 31st.

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libertylithium on Mar 2, 2018:

Thank you so much for all of the super cute kawaii you sent for February AATW :) <3

ChrisAnne on Feb 2, 2018:

Thank you for the beautiful fabric. It will coordinate perfectly with a quilt project I'm planning.

sebastian122 on Jan 28, 2018:

Oh, and thanks for the homer. We're still laughing.

sebastian122 on Jan 28, 2018:

E thinks the motto should be, get your animal stuffed while you stuff yourself. =D

sebastian122 on Jan 28, 2018:

Is there a phone number for the Taxidermy Breakfast Cafe yet?

raniheartspaper on Jan 17, 2018:


Thank you for contributing to my Kawaii Sticker Flakes bag. I appreciate it!

sebastian122 on Jan 11, 2018:

Got the flake bags!! Thanks!!

sebastian122 on Jan 11, 2018:

Thank you SO MUCH for adding to a sticker flake bag made for me! You're the best!! XOXO

raniheartspaper on Jan 11, 2018:


Thank you for sending my completed Kawaii sticker flake bag home!

kiddomerriweather on Jan 11, 2018:

Thank you for granting me an AATW December wish. I love the polar bear card and kawaii memos. Way to go getting all those memos in there and under 1/4 inch. I suck at that. I always go over by a mm.

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