Swap-bot Time: June 20, 2018 8:44 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: June 19, 2018
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated June 11, 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 😢 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 🍞. I recently made an 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 🇫🇷 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.

  • 2018: National parks. I've seen more of the world than the US. 🏕️⛺ In May I visited Chaco, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Bryce, Arches. 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 35th on most postcards sent from the US and 32th 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
  • 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)
  • 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)


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).
simcoe54 rated for PH: Five Senses Scavenger Hunt #2 on Jun 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the great postcards.
CindyST rated for Space Postcard on Jun 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard and eclipse stamp.
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.
jswdesigner rated for Kawaii Sunshine #1 on Jun 13, 2018
Comment: Thank You! It made my day! Would love to hear more about your trip!!! TOO COOL!
Response: You're welcome! Follow me on Instagram - same ID as I have here - you'll see my photos from this trip and the upcoming trips.
CreepyCutiePatootie rated for Kawaii Sunshine #1 on Jun 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for such packaging and extras!
Response: You're so welcome! Thanks for the prompt rating and the heart.
Comment: Thank you so much! Wish I could give more hearts!
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Thanks so much for the awesome swap!!! Love everything!!!
Response: You're so welcome!
Comment: Thank you soo much for such a wonderful swap!!! I really love all the adorable flakes and goodies you've sent, you went above and beyond ^_^ Million hearts for you!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for joining my swap.
Vickyen rated for PH: Transportation Scavenger Hunt on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for all the awesome transportation pcs! You sent way more than you needed to but I sure love them all! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy the challenge of a good scavenger hunt.
tiggerkitn25 rated for KSU: Strawberries!! on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: I thought I rated this earlier, sorry! A lovely package from you, thanks so much! Hopefully you get some flowers instead of snow soon! =)
Response: We've got flowers! We've got flowers! Crocuses and scale are in bloom and the buds on trees are getting fat. There's still a little snow in shady places.
Comment: Thanks for the very generous & cool selection of cards for this fun scavenger hunt, Meredith. My faves are the gorgeous Aminita muscaria & the aloe, but they're all delightful. Special thanks for including the vintage linen dunes :-)
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy the challenge of a good scavenger hunt. And I think you'd lost a few to a hurricane the last time you were my send-to partner.
Papergirl46 rated for PH: Send 2 Postcards #8 on Apr 27, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the nice cards!
Response: You're so welcome!
OrigamiGrace rated for FS: Make me laugh PC - Global on Apr 22, 2018
Comment: LOLz thank you for an awesome PC and ugh, STILL snowing by you?? Gah, I would cry!! I am officially a winter weather wimp!
Response: I'm glad I made you laugh!
starrycat rated for KSU: Sticker sheet...to share on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for 2 awesome sticker sheets! I love them!
Response: You're welcome! So many cats on your profile pointed me in that direction.
Comment: Wow Meredith, thank you for taking me down memory lane with the interesting farm woman postcard you sent to me. When I was little child, both my father's brothers had farms. Yes, they did have dairy cows, milked, churned their own butter, boiled their own milk. They also grew their own fruits, veggies. Amazing. Hope your Spring will be arriving soon.
Response: You're welcome. My father grew up on a dairy farm and I visited my grandparents there when I was growing up. Dad and his only sib, my aunt didn't stay on the farm.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards - I'm crazy in love with the octopus especially! I hope this note finds you happy and healthy!
Response: You're welcome. We are healthy though buried under 24" of new snow that fell over the weekend. I'm getting stir crazy! About the octopus: I left you a comment with a link to the set.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Faux Postage ON an evelope on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: Wowwwww that's a pretty awesome envelope! And the flakes are cool, too. =D
Response: I chose those flakes for you so you can host the swap again...
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Croissant sounds delish, but tuna casserole, no thanks!
Response: You're welcome. One can tart up tuna noodle casserole so it's pretty good.
Poohtat rated for AN What Makes You Smile? on Apr 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard and the nice memory.
Response: You're welcome. Have you always lived in Waldoboro?

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sebastian122 on May 26, 2018:

Happy Summer!

sebastian122 on May 14, 2018:

Got the flake bags, thanks!! =D

ReadMoreBooks33 on May 13, 2018:

sebastian122 on May 13, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard!! XOXO

raniheartspaper on May 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for contributing to my Kawaii Sticker Flake bag! You're the best!

moonlightlaura on May 9, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending my homer Kawaii sticker flake bags to me!!!

raniheartspaper on May 3, 2018:

Meredith, thank you so much for the letter set! It definitely was a happy mail. You're always so kind and generous. Have a good trip!

tiggerkitn25 on May 3, 2018:

Thanks for the kawaii sticker flake bags and stickers! =) I hope you have a good trip.

lovesreward on Apr 17, 2018:

Thanks for the link for the octopus card - sorry you have so much snow... 24 inches?! Yikes! I'll send some California sunshine your way today! Keep warm and thanks again!

libertylithium on Mar 2, 2018:

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

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