Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2019 5:18 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: November 16, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated November 5, 2019

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 and cooking and baking are my crafts. Someone said I'm fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts.

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 UNESCO sites. With Airbnb accommodations I go on and beyond the usual tourist haunts.

  • 2019: a road trip east to visit family and friends. Cape Cod; Boston; Rye, NY where I went sailing and cruising down the East River to New York Bay to watch sailboat races; New York City where I saw the revival of Oklahoma! and the Whitney Biennial; New Jersey; Philadelphia where I visited the Brandywine River Museum; Bluefield, VA; and Front Royal, VA. My route from Bluefield to Front Royal included Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.
  • 2018: National parks. I've seen more of the world than the US. UNESCO sites Chaco Canyon, Grand Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Monticello and UVA. Hoover Dam, Bryce, Arches, Voyageurs. Madison's home Montpelier. Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Cape Cod, DE, NY, NJ to visit family and friends. In all, I visited 29 states this year.
  • 2017: Chicago, and Madison and Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws. Boston, Cape Cod, New York and Morristown, NJ to meet Pattie in person.
  • 2016: Dallas and Houston; Boston, Cape Cod, and New York City; Chicago
  • 2015: a road trip to Texas and back with a stop to see sights in KC, MO
  • 2014: Travels with my niece: Prague, Czech Republic; Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Munich and Berlin, Germany
  • 2013: New York, Toronto, Chicago, Thanksgiving in Texas
  • and Canada; China; France; Germany; 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

I swap for blank postcards in envelopes. Ages ago I sent someone a postcard they'd sent me and my partner wasn't happy. Now I set aside postcards I receive via Swap-bot and send them to family, friends and Postcrossers. Please consider this strategy because postcards that pass through several swaps become a little worn and soft. (This request doesn't include vintage postcards.) I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder.

  • Airplanes, rockets and lighter-than-air aircraft. I took flying lessons so I could fly airships. 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.
  • Gnomes, fairies and elves
  • Joseph Cornell boxes
  • Maps
  • Modern art like abstract expressionism & Louise Nevelson
  • Royal Mail postage stamp postcards

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I 💖 food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cats serving at Starbucks. I don't care for poo and dogs' rear ends.

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. My favorite characters now are Corocoro Coronya, Gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, Sentimental Circus and Sumikko Gurashi.
Corocoro Coronya

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 envelopes and postcards so they travel safely in the mail.

What else does manders like?

  • A personal note or letter
  • Blank postcards, new or vintage, to send
  • Cookbooks, new and used, though not for bacon (I'm Jewish)
  • Facial sheet masks of all flavors
  • Handmade envelopes, A4 or A6, large enough for postcards
  • Kitchen towels, especially terrycloth because my spouse is our dishwasher
  • Magnetic bookmarks
  • Cloth napkins. See Life Without Plastic below. I'm building a one-of-a-kind pile so that I don't confuse my spouse when I use them for several meals.
  • National parks: your suggestions of what to see and what to skip
  • New notecards and envelopes
  • Personalized swap cards printed on address labels

No thank you

  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coffee and coffee gadgets
  • Confetti and glitter (unless the swap says to)
  • Disney
  • Dollar store/dollar bin items
  • Don't offload ugly kawaii
  • DVDs and CDs: we stream everything
  • Food and candy: we keep kosher
  • Hello Kitty that's not Hello Kitty Original
  • Kawaii pictures of poo and dogs' rear ends
  • Magnets (our refrigerator is stainless steel)
  • Postcards and sheets to color: I don't
  • Rubber stamps (I have plenty)
  • Stickers that are not kawaii
  • Tatty or tacky (exception for over-the-top tacky)
  • Ugly. If you think it's ugly, I probably will too.
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • X-rated items
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)

Life Without Plastic

I throw away too much plastic. This is a list of plastic that I receive in swaps and would like to avoid.

  • Metallic, iridescent or holographic plastic bows, glitter, shreds, and wrapping tissue.
  • Plastic ziplock bags, especially tiny ones. I can't open the tiny ones so I cut off the top to open them and throw them out.
  • Deco tape and plastic shipping tape. I'm using up what I have on hand and won't buy more.
  • Bubble wrap padded envelopes. I try to reuse these.

What to use:

  • Paper bows, shreds, and wrapping paper.
  • Furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloth, made from any piece of cloth. Google how to wrap Furoshiki for directions. Reuse the furoshiki you receive to wrap another swap or a present, or for your next quilt.
  • Reuse small envelopes and packing materials, bags, boxes and bubble mailing envelopes. Many people reuse the cellophane wrapper from stickers sacks. Pattie reuses small envelopes from bag swaps when she's the Send it home to....
  • Reuse Ziplock bags.
  • Using a nice piece of paper, fold it around tiny kawaii to make an informal envelope and seal it with washi tape. Or fold it the same way you'd fold parchment paper around fish to bake it.
  • Paper tape. We all love washi tape. Kraft paper shipping tape is widely available now. U-Haul sells self-sticking paper tape.
  • Use 100% recycled padded mailers or reuse plastic bubble mailers. In fact, reuse any padded mailer to ship a swap.


Comment: Thanks for hosting Manders! 😊
Comment: What a delightful collection!! Totally spoiled!!
Comment: Thank You for the Wonderful Postcards and Fabulous Note !
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Thank you for curating my selection. You did any awesome job. I'm feeling very lucky to have you as a partner. =D
Response: You're welcome and thanks for hosting the swap. I had to make up my own challenge. 8-D
Comment: Thanks for such a generous selection of great weather-related cards, Meredith. All those Antarctica & Alaska snow & ice scenes were refreshing in my too hot/too humid climate here in So FL. My morning walk this AM felt more like a swim!
Response: You're welcome. In the next few months you can send me reminders of heat and humidity!
Comment: Very nice, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating.
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute memo sheets! I also don't have medium sized sheets so these are perfect! :)
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad this traveled quickly to the Philippines - only two weeks after I mailed it!
asddsa28 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R4 on Oct 21, 2019
Comment: thank you for the note. Yeah I want to out in postcard for myself but I have so meany that I fell I have to get them moving and cant make my own. I dont think I will join the swap again as I dont get anything out of it I feel. I will tho move them along.
Response: Thank you for the rating and for participating. Yes, people come and go in these swaps. Like the bags, it's sometimes easier to use the forum to keep them moving along.
Comment: Got this today! Mine is going out to my partner tomorrow. =)
Response: Great! I'm so glad you're participating.
Paula71 rated for UHM: Kawaii Sticker Flake Exchange on Oct 16, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for all the great kawaii sticker flakes!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm always happy to share my stash with new people.
tiggerkitn25 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 13, 2019
Comment: Thanks so much for all the goodies! :)
Response: You're so welcome. I'm glad your back to swapping.
Comment: Great choices, thank you! Love the DJ kitty :)
Response: You're welcome. You did say you like cute kitties. 😼
turboneko rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the great variety and for the tokidoki coloring postcard! I love to color these postcards <3
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like the tokidoki coloring postcards because I'm not a colorer...
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 4, 2019
Comment: LOVE the postcard!!! Thanks for the flakes, too. ;-)
Response: You're welcome. I got those postcards more for kawaii friends on Swap-bot than Postcrossing. Thanks for hosting the swap.
Ellen101 rated for KSU: 100 Flakes! OMG!! on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: It's so nice to hear from you,Meredith. I'm really pleased that your getting a break from caregiving. Thank you for the Kawaii stickers. I especially like the seal, fox, and elephant. 🐈
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating. I'm glad you liked them because I randomly counted and bagged them before Pattie assigned partners.
turboneko rated for KSU: Joinnnnn usssssss on Oct 2, 2019
Comment: Wow, thank you so much for all the flakes!! Receiving mail from you it's always a pleasant surprise :D
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy sending you mail.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 30/30/30 on Sep 28, 2019
Comment: It arrived in today's mail! Kinda like Monday...ish. =D Thanks for the goodies!! XOXO
Response: I'm glad its slower than slower trip to your home is most uncommon.
Comment: Thank you so much!!! This is my absolute favorite postcard. And it came on the perfect day. Words can't express how grateful I am for it. I needed it this evening. You brightened my day!
Response: I'm glad I could brighten your day - that postcard needed the perfect recipient too.
rexypants rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6V on Sep 27, 2019
Comment: These are great cards, thank you very much. Haven’t seen a Satoru Tsuda PC in a while - LOVE! Good luck with the moving.
Response: You're welcome. I've been hoarding those Satoru Tsuda postcards. They and the notecards are still available on Amazon.

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Ellen101 on Nov 15, 2019:

Thank you for the Kawaii memos!! You are so thoughtful! I'll have to make that rice omelette...sounds yummy!

sebastian122 on Oct 31, 2019:

Happy Halloween!!

Heirloom on Oct 30, 2019:

pkpeace on Oct 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for the thoughtful birthday postcard!

goinjenny on Oct 18, 2019:

Thank you for my goodies in Wonderful Wishes October!

JediLibrarian on Oct 17, 2019:

Thank you for the lovely Halloween postcard! It is always freezing cold during Halloween in Colorado!

CariahCreates on Oct 16, 2019:

Thank you for the PCs from my WW October wishlist. I especially love the botanical ones-very pretty.

tcornell on Oct 16, 2019:

Thank you so much for sharing your sticker flakes with me! I really appreciate it! Wonderful Wishes October.

phillaine on Oct 15, 2019:

for sharing your little letterpress notes with me. I laughed when I read you note, because I have some of my own that I'm a bit "stingy" with, too. 😊 (wonderful wishes group)

VioletLove on Oct 12, 2019:

Thank you for the flakes and memos for the wonderful wishes group. I am waiting until tomorrow morning when I get a quite moment to myself to sit down with a hot cup of coffee and take my time going through each one so I can savor the cuteness! Thank you so much :)

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