Swap-bot Time: August 16, 2018 10:21 pm


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: August 16, 2018
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated July, 21, 2018
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 ๐Ÿ˜ข 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 love baking and I'm still learning the science of baking bread ๐Ÿž. My spouse's most recent favorite is this excellent white chocolate brownie cake.

I love to travel. I am fortunate to have had opportunities to travel to many parts of the world. I lived in France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท and worked and lived in India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ and Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ. When I'm away from home, I try new foods, explore markets, and meet local people as well as seeing museums and cultural and natural UNESCO sites. With Airbnb accommodations I go on and beyond the usual tourist haunts.

  • 2018: National parks. I've seen more of the world than the US. ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ In May I visited Chaco, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Bryce, Arches. In July I visited Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota, shared with Canada. Ask me about my little rooftop tent!
  • 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 28th on most postcards sent from the US and 32nd on longest distance. Every once in a while I move one notch higher. It's a measure of my persistence.

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
  • 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
  • National parks: your suggestions of what to see and what to skip, for a visit to any one of the 59
  • Quick bread recipes, like banana bread
  • Sheet masks of all flavors, for my face
  • Tea of all sorts, wrapped (I like trying new teas)

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
  • Don't offload ugly kawaii
  • 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)


Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap! Everything was packaged so pretty and such a generous amount of goodies. I would add more hearts if I could. I loved everything and canโ€™t wait to use it.
jswdesigner rated for KSU: 25/25/25 on Aug 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! Glad to hear that your almost healed up - breaking your ankle sounds like it's excruciatingly painful. What style of yoga are you doing?
Response: You're welcome. The studio where I take yoga has lots of different classes, and some teachers mix different styles of yoga in one class. I'm taking gentle yoga and stretching classes like yin must now. When I'm able I'll add Vinyasa classes.
paperpusher rated for KSU: Summery Swap on Aug 7, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all the summery cuteness! (So much! Wow!) Thanks for hosting this fun swap and for your nice note. I hope the rest of your summer is great!
Response: You're welcome and you're welcome. It's a quiet summer for me - I'm going to Chicago for a long weekend to visit my brother in a couple of weeks. Greg is taking my shift in the mini doughnut booth this year because I'm not quite up to six hours of standing. In October I'm heading east for three weeks, camping in TN, NC, and VA, hopefully avoiding leaf peepers, then heading north to visit family and friends.
Comment: Thanks for the flake bags and the cool postcard! =)
Response: You're welcome. Is that Caitlin who said cool?!!
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you for the pretty pc and share! Hope you had a great trip to northern Minnesota! I would love the water but not the bugs so much! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I had a lovely time up north. Except for all the bugs. And no showers. The lakes were too cold for swimming, for me. I came home with layers on layers of insect repellant and sunscreen, and not too many mosquito bites. I've had West Nile virus so I'm not worried about that.
Comment: Wow...thanks!! The best set of cards I've ever received ! Thanks so much!
Response: You're so welcome. I enjoy finding postcards for all the wacky holidays.
ccmmsu rated for KSU: Easy Notecard Letter Swap on Jul 8, 2018
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the wonderful, newsy note. I love learning more about people and getting to know my swap partners better. I grew up in the country and your description of watching the corn grow took me back to that. I miss it. I know a lot of people would think "You miss watching corn grow???" lol But it's the whole atmosphere of being close to nature. Not that I'm in the city now or anything, but it's a suburban subdivision, so sometimes it feels a bit crowded to me. Anyway, thank you for the letter and all the adorable flakes. I super love the penguins with seals, etc. :)
Response: You're welcome. Watching the corn grow tells me how far along summer is. Luther Seminary has put 15 acres of woods at the end of our block up for sale. There goes the neighborhood.
xninolax rated for PH: Scavenger Hunt For PCs #26 on Jul 8, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your selection of postcards Meredith, and an extra special thank you for the extra cards and the kawaii memosheets. Very thoughtful of you! Love from a sunny and hot Holland, Nina
Response: You're welcome. The weather here is hot and wet. The cornfields in our neighborhood (agricultural experimental fields) already have tassels. Rain and heat make corn grow faster.
thegypsie rated for KSU: Easy Notecard Letter Swap on Jul 6, 2018
Comment: Sounds like your planning will pay off, I would love to visit Yellowstone some day. And packing food can be tricky, I feel for you. I hope your trips are fun filled.
Response: I was working on menus for my trip next week. The order of the meals depends on how well the ingredients keep. At the end of the week we'll have an Indian dinner from excellent ready-made packets!
Comment: Meredith, thank you for your lovely notecard letter. I agree that the planning is almost as fun as the trip itself. Hope that you have a good time and thanks for joining my swap!
Response: You're welcome. I'm working on the menus today and we'll have readymade Indian packet dinners the last night out. They keep well.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Than you for the pretty vintage flower pc! Hope you have a great time on your trip! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome!
iamred rated for KSU: Kawaii Sticker Flake Bags June! on Jun 24, 2018
Comment: thank you! and thank you for the extra washi samples! =D can't wait to move these flake bags along!
Response: You're welcome! Keep moving, keep moving comes to mind.
VASaint rated for CPG Animal PC - Global on Jun 21, 2018
Comment: I love this card! Vintage, circus, and elephants! I never got to see the parade when Ringling came to town, I'd been hoping to before they stopped doing them and never made it:(
Response: I'm glad you like it. It's one of those cards I set aside for just the right person.
dawnakaulen rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #35 on Jun 20, 2018
Comment: Thank you for all of the great PC's, and the cute stationery!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: What an amazing surprise to come home to, Meredith! I haven't opened the box yet and I'm going to wait until JULY (I hope I can wait).
Response: I'm glad it intrigues you. I look forward to your opening everything.
simcoe54 rated for PH: Five Senses Scavenger Hunt #2 on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards.
Response: You're welcome.
CindyST rated for Space Postcard on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard and eclipse stamp.
Response: You're welcome. That one really looked like space to me! I learned recently that the eclipse stamps are heat sensitive. Hold your warm thumb over the glossy part of the stamp to see another image. The new popsicle stamps are watermelon-scented!
Akanksha23 rated for PH: 1 + 2 + 3 Objects on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: What special and interesting cards! Loved all of them.. thank you so much..
Response: You're so welcome. I had fun choosing them for you.

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raniheartspaper on Jul 30, 2018:


Meredith, thank you for contributing to 2 of my sticker flake bags in April 2018 and moving them forward. I have received both. You're the best!

raniheartspaper on Jul 30, 2018:


Meredith, thank you so much for contributing to one of my sticker flake bags in January 2018. I appreciate it and have received the sticker bag back.

raniheartspaper on Jul 30, 2018:


Meredith, I found a completed sticker flake bag that you sent home to me in June so I wanted to say thank you, even though I'm late. Thank you for contributing to the sticker flake bag and sending it home.

moonlightlaura on Jul 17, 2018:

Thank you so much for my Kawaii sticker flake bag homer and the extra Kawaii sticker flake bag. The tip did help, I got a 5/5 on my discussion. I used the same tip for my next discussion. Waiting for that one to be graded. Thanks again!!! Hope you are feeling better as well!!!

sebastian122 on Jul 17, 2018:

paperpusher on Jul 16, 2018:

Thanks for sending my homer sticker flake bag! I'll get the other one moving soon! Hope you had a fantastic trip to the park! =)

kiddomerriweather on Jul 13, 2018:

Thank you for the AATW July wish. The random envie is super awesome!!! There is so much coolness in there that I can't pick what I like most. Thank you for opening up to me in your letter. I really appreciate that. We have a lot in common. If you ever want to talk, don't ever hesitate to drop me a line. Your letter meant a lot to me. <3

raniheartspaper on Jul 6, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending my completed Kawaii sticker flake bag home to me. I was so excited to see that I got a finished one. Thanks again!

simcoe54 on Jun 21, 2018:

Thanks for sending me a pressed penny. Love it - adding to my collection.

sebastian122 on May 26, 2018:

Happy Summer!

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