Swap-bot Time: March 25, 2019 2:44 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: March 24, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated March 13, 2019

I have a job, in fact, two jobs. My title is Website Producer. I'm building websites for two nonprofits, pro bono. It's great technical fun for me, and a lot of work. Pardon my scarcity. I'll swap every now and then. I need to keep all that kawaii moving along.

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.
In My Kitchen Today
This is the time of year when we're preparing for the Jewish holiday of Purim. I'm gearing up to make large numbers of Hamantaschen, triangular filled cookies. Our favorite fillings: dulce de leche dusted with pinch of kosher salt, apricot, and traditional poppyseed. After these are baked, given away, and consumed, I begin cleaning for Passover.

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 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. UNESCO sites Chaco Canyon, Grand Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Monticello and UVA. Hoover Dam, Bryce, Arches, Voyageurs. Madison's home Montpelier. Ask me about my little rooftop tent โ›บ. Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Cape Cod, DE, NY, NJ to visit family and friends. In all, I've driven in 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

  • 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
  • Dinosaurs, to send to Dinovember friends
  • Elephants, giraffes, puffins and penguins
  • Gnomes, fairies, elves and hedgehogs
  • Joseph Cornell boxes
  • Maps
  • Modern art like abstract expressionism & Andy Warhol
  • Royal Mail postage stamp postcards

Sorry, Zazzle and Christian holiday and legend postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I'd rather have an animal in an unlikely milieu than macarons, candy or beverages.

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. My favorite characters: Kogepan Burnt Bread, Corocoro Coronya, Gudetama lazy (or depressed?) egg yolk, 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 (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 also No thank you below.

Wishes sent

March wishes sent to
@CurlyTea โœ”๏ธ
@kiddomerriweather โœ”๏ธ
@Paige1900 โœ”๏ธ
@stephiedee โœ”๏ธ

No thank you

  • 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)
  • 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)


JazD rated for UHM: A little kawaii sticker flake swap on Mar 22, 2019
Comment: I am looking forward to warmer weather here. We had a blizzard last week. The drift in front of our house was crazy. Stay warm!
Response: We are watching snow melt slowly during the day and freeze into sheets of ice at night, though all slowly so we don't have flooding. Friends ten miles to the south have wet basements.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap Meredith! I enjoyed reading your letter. We lived in Dublin before moving to where we are now! ๐Ÿ˜ŠI still go to that side of town a lot to shop. It's about 25-30 mins from here. Thank you again and Happy first day of Spring!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed my letter and the tidbits from my kawaii stash.
Comment: Thank you for the great pc!
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Love the elephant!
Response: I'm so glad!
Comment: Itโ€™s all great! Ducks, wanroom! Yay! I actually have two wan room plushies but am not sure where the fridge one is...
Response: I'm happy to share a love of Wanroom with you. I would enjoy a real human-sized Wanroom chair. If we get to S I can use it again, for sofa.
Comment: Love it all thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you love it.
Comment: Hi Meredith. Both your envelopes arrived together in the same bundle today. You poor one! You should have waited to see if the first envelope reached me before sending another package. And both full of extras too! Please can you PM me your address so I can send you a little something in return. You put a lot of effort into your packages and I appreciate that.
Response: I'm a little superstitious. The second envelope was the charm that made the first envelope arrive. Enjoy all the postcards.
notme78 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6I on Mar 13, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcards.
SeleneW rated for CPG QUICKIE: Nature PC - US Only on Mar 11, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the dragonfly postcard! I like it :)
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for the heart. ๐Ÿ’š
sebastian122 rated for KSU: New to me....25 flakes! on Mar 2, 2019
Comment: You deserve a skillion hearts! Thank you for the ramen packaging, I adore it!! And the flakes!!! Too awesome!!!
Response: You're welcome. I remembered your Fb post about wanting the sticker sack because you liked the package.
Comment: Your lovely swap arrived today! Thank you so much for the memo sheets and stickers. I Love them all!!! The washi tapes you used on the envelope look very nice too. I recognized them, they are from MT brand and Classikybrand. Very good taste!
Response: You're welcome. I'm impressed that you recognize the washi tape. I had to stop buying it for a while because the collection outgrew my storage box. I find the San-x tapes aren't sticky.
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of post cards ร nd note. Looking at your profile I could see why Minnesota would seem a bit grim, especially this winter. We have just had a few days of summer here 20c in the day -2 at night. Let's hope it's not the only summer we will have this year. Downside is that I've never had hay fever in February before! I find many tourist cards a bit twee. Much of Scotland is very beautiful but there is a limit to the number of cards showing heather, kilts and Highland cows you want in your collection! Take care, best wishes
Response: You're welcome. Good thing I didn't send your Holstein cows in Wisconsin postcards. Actually I've not bought any in a while.
Comment: Love the card! And I love museum-ing!! Stay warm:)
Response: I'm glad you like it. Did you watch the videos?
Comment: Great package. I love Ray Bradbury! Thank you for the goodies.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it.
SofiaDolores rated for ISS: Postcard - Funny/Sarcastic on Feb 17, 2019
Response: I'm surprised the postcard took 25 days to arrive. With Postcrossing, postcards to Belgium are registered in 8 to 10 days.
CWarner rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #3G on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thanks very much for the cards and your note, Meredith! I've been to Tallesin West in Scottsdale, AZ but none of the FLW houses in WI or IL. They're so awesome!
Response: You're welcome. I learned that they built Taliesin West because Wright had recurring pneumonia in Wisconsin winters. Now all we do is get the vaccine.
eurocat rated for KSU: 30 mini memos on Feb 12, 2019
Comment: thank you for the cute swap. stickers on the envelope look nice!!
Response: You're welcome. I need to do something with all those incoming sticker flakes!
miia rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #3F on Feb 10, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for your postcards! I really like all of them! โ™ฅ๏ธŽ Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like all of them.
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful swap. The perlorian cats card is adorable too!
Response: You're welcome. I'm happy to share those cats.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards! Great ones I don't have. I also enjoyed reading your note! Yes, I have seen in the news how cold it is there. Thank you also for sharing this bread recipe. I think I will have to make that as well! It sounds really yummy!
Response: You're welcome. Temps warmed up then dropped again so there's lots of ice and now on top of that many inches of new snow and more expected. I ought not bake too much when life is fairly sedentary at the moment.

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shinyserra on Mar 24, 2019:

I received the Wonderful Wishes papaya stickers from you. They are beautiful! I am so sorry I didn't thank you sooner. I have a situation right now at home that has been taking up all of my time unfortunately but after yesterday I think I am back on track. So thank you again!!!

Mimosagirl on Mar 21, 2019:

alt text Thank you so much for the March Wonderful Wishes of kawaii stickers.

tcornell on Mar 20, 2019:

Thank you so much for the lovely Kawaii memo sheets and your nice note that you sent for March Wonderful Wishes!

Heirloom on Mar 20, 2019:

mamarochat on Mar 19, 2019:

Thank you for the postcards . Love the Totoro card.โ™กโ™กโ™ก WW March

susieq11 on Mar 19, 2019:

Thank you for the cool postcards for Wonderful Wishes March! Love the space ones and the Harold Lloyd one is awesome! The Mt Rainier one is so pretty. Thank you so much for brightening my day!!! : )

raniheartspaper on Mar 18, 2019:

Meredith, thank you so much! I was sick for a few days and finally got a chance to go through my mail this morning. You're always so sweet and kind! Thank you for sending me a care package full of memo sheets. I love them!

sebastian122 on Mar 17, 2019:

Thank you for adding to my sticker bag!

kiddomerriweather on Mar 16, 2019:

(March WW) Thank you for the awesome unusual PC's. I love the one with the treehouses on it. I keep having a reoccuring dream about a huge treehouse in the woods in my backyard and it reminds me of that. :)

Paige1900 on Mar 15, 2019:

Thank you for the great PC for the Wonderful Wishes Group - March wishes!

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