Swap-bot Time: December 16, 2017 6:56 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: December 15, 2017
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated December 15th, 2017

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 pΓ’tΓ© Γ  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: New Zealand 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

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

I deleted my list of favorite characters because I enjoy most, especially San-X. Two exceptions: poo and dogs' rear ends.

I'm looking for kawaii books πŸ“š 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
  • 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.
  • Confetti and glitter
  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coloring postcards and sheets
  • 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)
  • X-rated items
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)


ccmmsu rated for KSU: Quick! Sign Up and Send #13 on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: All my favorites! Thank you so much!! And thank you for the author recommendations. I haven't read either of those authors, so they're both on my list now. I laughed about listening to audiobooks while raking and... raking. I spent many hours last month doing the same thing! :) Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome. Your well-filled profile helped πŸ˜‰
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: Kawaii Surprise! on Dec 14, 2017
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for the kawaii surprise! I absolutely adore the letter set. Lately I have been thinking about traveling too. It's probably because it's been a little cold here. I hope that you feel well soon. The cookies you're talking about sounds yummy. Thank you again!
Response: You're welcome. It's always fun to pull from way back in my collection to choose something for you.
Comment: Thank you for the wintery card and flakes! Happy Chanukah! I believe this is day 2 now, right?
Response: You're welcome and yes it was the second night. I have beeswax candles this year and they burn nicely.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #10 on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the great postcards, my favs - the map and lighthouse.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for inviting me to join your lovely group. I'm enjoying it.
gmasusie rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Dec 2017 on Dec 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you
Response: You're welcome
Comment: Thank you so much for the letter sets. They’re great. Happy holidays.
Response: You're welcome. Happy holidays - and best wishes for days until...
MawBella rated for Chunk O Cardboard - Dec 2017 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: I laughed out loud when I got your card. Love it. ❣️❣️ Merry Christmas πŸŽ„
Response: I'm always happy to share a laugh! Now I'm collecting cardboard for the next round. It's not so easy because I buy few prepared foods.
pne rated for QUICK Christmas card #86 on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the Christmas card!
Response: You're welcome
MakersgonnaMake rated for Postcards happy mail ! on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Neat card! I had never heard of Print Magazine before.
Response: Neither had I, until I came across the set of 100 postcards in a remainder bin. Every single card in the set is wonderful!
Comment: Thank you ❀¸β™₯β™ͺβ™«*Β¨*β€’.¸¸❀ for the great Christmas greeting! Enjoy a πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’œ rating! Blessings, cc
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the hearts. Gotta love all those pictographs!
dudot rated for Postcards happy mail ! on Dec 3, 2017
Response: Thank you for the rating. Better late than never.
Comment: I love the design on the card, thank you!
Response: Your'e welcome. I'm glad to make you glad!
PeggyO rated for AN Random Postcards USA on Dec 2, 2017
Comment: A beautiful card, Meredith! I've been to NYC twice with my daughter in 2008 and 2010. I hope to get there at least ONE more time--I love that city---based just on those two visits so I'm not an expert, but next time I am determined to see the Botanical Gardens and the Cloisters. We'll need to find a new hotel location closer to both if possible--previously we were in December and at the Warwick in mid-town. I'd also like an entire day just to explore the library and to see one of the art museums, maybe the MO-MART? Thanks for a great swap! Have a wonderful Christmas and a splendid new year--maybe getting out of the suburbs??
Response: Airbnb is the best way to find lodging in NYC, especially if you want to stay in the Bronx. Find a place located near a subway station rather than driving. PM me when you're ready to go if you'd like help making plans. I've lived and worked there, and we visited often when I was growing up.
Comment: Thank you for the bags, I hope you had a good time on Thanksgiving :)
Response: You're welcome. Yes, we have a good time on Thanksgiving, with some visiting family that we don't see often enough.
TC rated for NH: A Super DUPER Christmas Card Swap on Nov 30, 2017
Comment: The artist info on the back of the card was interesting. I'd never heard of Gertrude Alice Kay. I'm going to have to look for more of her work. Merry Christmas!
Response: I'm glad it peaked your interest! Merry Christmas and best wishes for the coming year.
Comment: Thank you for the cool reindeer card. Happy holidays.
Response: You're welcome. Best wishes for all the holidays!
DarkSkullMistress42 rated for P&M any postcard swap 3 on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: Neat card! Thanks!
Response: And a bit silly. πŸ˜„ You're welcome and thanks for the heart.
marclively rated for Postcards happy mail ! on Nov 26, 2017
Comment: great stuff - ML
Response: Thank you for the rating
Comment: Thank you. Sorry for the late rating.
Response: No problem. I know you've been busy moving and such.
ellecamino rated for NH: Postcard swap on Nov 22, 2017
Response: Thanks for the heart. The dishes are all done now so I can catch up on everything else!

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tiggerkitn25 on Dec 15, 2017:

A BIG thank you for the KSU: Nesting Envies round 4! Thanks so much for the Kutusita Nyanko lettersets! I love the kitty cats and these also have some tiny squirrels here and there! =)

turboneko on Dec 14, 2017:

Thank you for all the mini memos, love them. I sent you a PM on FB yesterday about receiving them :)

Lexidh on Dec 6, 2017:

Hi! The stamp is not one of those houses you mention, it is an illustration from an old Norwegian story, someones house, definitely not a postal worker!

thegypsie on Nov 28, 2017:

I got home from vacation to your lovely RAK in my mail pile. Thank you so very much for the lovely letter sets.

Babsmomof5 on Nov 20, 2017:

Received the Pand M postcard tag for boxed postcards today! What a long journey huh? Thanks so much. Absolutely mad about the postalette you used too, where on earth did you find it?

kiddomerriweather on Nov 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for the kawaii sticker sack you so sent for my November AATW wishlist. It was so nice of you to think of me during this difficult time in my life. Your mail was a much needed pick me up.

moonlightlaura on Nov 13, 2017:

Thank you so much for the most awesome RAK!!! I love it all!!!

iamred on Nov 9, 2017:

Manders, you are always so amazing and kind! thank you for the letter set RAK! there are so many in there that i have never seen before! β™₯

sebastian122 on Oct 27, 2017:

Thank you for adding to, and sending home, Rani's slam for me. You're the best! XOXO (And I like going last, toooooo. ;-)

sebastian122 on Oct 27, 2017:

Happy Birthday!

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