Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2020 12:15 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: October 24, 2020

Country: United States
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Staying Safe in All Ways

Updated October 22, 2020

I studied mathematics and biology in college and read scientific articles about the coronavirus. I have family members who are scientists and physicians who keep us apprised as well. One is a genetic scientist who is studying the spread of COVID-19. My family and my husband's family believe that wearing masks and practicing social distancing and frequently washing our hands reduce our risk of getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. The dubious science of herd immunity puts us all at risk. I wish that everyone would wear a mask and stop going to bars.
A powerful argument for wearing a mask, in visual form

With an abundance of caution, we take the incoming mail out of our mailbox, dump it in a pile in the front hall, and wash our hands. We open it a couple of days later. See also this free article in The New York Times: You’ve Got Mail. Will You Get the Coronavirus? and this one in The Washington Post: "How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with covid-19 risks in their everyday lives."

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I swap for blank postcards in envelopes and written, naked postcards. I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing; I set them aside so I won't send them for Swap-bot swaps. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder. Please send nice postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends.

If you're sending me a naked postcard, please send one that's a favorite of yours, sender's choice or for a swap with a theme.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts. Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at faux Starbucks.

I'd appreciate stickers and memos for mail art: faux postage, letters, writing implements, and stationery.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, and pastel Sentimental Circus.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

No thanks. Poo and bottoms aren't kawaii to me. 3D stickers from sheets and sticker flakes, especially PVC and puffy.

What I'm Reading

  • I'm bingeing on Louise Penny's mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Our library has all the audio books and I enjoy listening to them while I'm weeding the garden.
  • I read and recommend Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • I just raced through the first two books in the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris and look forward to the third book, expected next February.
  • Book club books for September are Nemesis by Philip Roth, a novel about the polio epidemic, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, another book about illness.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.

About Me

I'm Jewish. I don’t see Jesus as divine. I believe Jesus was a teacher, healer, and social activist in the tradition of Hebrew prophets. Not a messiah.

I enjoy the cheer and goodwill around Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I join Christmas swaps, I send items with a theme of winter in the Northern Hemisphere's Temperate and Arctic zones. And maybe a palm tree with a string of lights.

I love all the lights around the winter holidays because days are short here in Minnesota, 8 hours at the Winter Solstice. Our neighbors put up lights Thanksgiving weekend and leave them on through January.

Chanukkah is not equivalent to Christmas. Jews started giving children small gifts in the 1950s to lessen feelings of otherness and being left out.

Wish List

My kitchen is my craft room. My mail art has lots of room for improvement. Maybe over the winter when I can't play in the garden.

  • Colorful ATC blanks
  • An ATC you made, to inspire me
  • Book pages
  • Cookbook pages. I can't bear to cut up one of mine.
  • My printer is black and white. If you have an image pdf that you love, would you please print and send it to me?
  • Enamel pins
  • Paper for layering on ATCs, favorites of yours, especially handmade or painted papers
  • What else might I use to make ATCs or for mail art?


asddsa28 rated for KSU: Kawaiify a card on Oct 24, 2020
Comment: thank you for the card and the memos. you put so meny stickers on!!! thank you. hope your planting gos well.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Oct 22, 2020
Comment: Wonderful goodies! Thanks!!
Response: You're not leaving your mail in the airlock for days on end? Rest assured, I don't lick envelopes, though mostly because glue works better.
Comment: lol You wrote #10 as the swap number and I was like OMG! Happily, I checked here before going nuts. ;-P ETA: Hardly disappointing! I love it all!!
Response: Thank you for catching my mistake and sorry it was disappointing!
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: 50 Flake Stickers! on Oct 21, 2020
Comment: Hi Meredith, thank you so much for the sticker flakes. Enjoyed reading about what you're up to. I agree, summer was quick. I also need to prepare for winter. Glad you are doing good.
Response: You're welcome. I'm looking for warm waterproof gloves so I can dig under the snow to plant my daffodil bulbs.
Comment: Loved the PC. Did not make it to the National Gallery when I was so many yrs ago. Will plan on it if we can ever travel again!
Response: I'm glad you like it. I like to choose cards from places furthest from my partners.
asddsa28 rated for KSU: A Bouquet of Flowers on Oct 11, 2020
Comment: omg thank you!!! I love everything so meany to love!!!! those memos and a Jewel Cat!!! one I dont have OMG!!! And the stickers soo meany and the big ones I LOVE
Response: You're welcome! I think I sent one of everything I had. You know, you get started and keep going, a bit OCD!
Comment: Thank you for the great selection of post cards! Love the washi used on the envie to send to me as well!
Response: You're welcome! Too much washi tape in my collection box to recall what I used!
DeidreArt rated for KSU: These are my FAV!!! on Oct 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies! I am glad to know that I am not the only person who opens maps to look up some of these towns! :)
Response: You're welcome! Today I rated a swap from the small city where my cousin lives - I knew exactly where it came from!
beachchicken rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the great goodies! The Czech stickers are very neat!
Response: You're welcome! Those Czech stickers were printed in Korea. Every once in a while I find something like that when I shop online for kawaii.
Rbrstmpr rated for CPG Blind Envie #1 - US Only on Oct 5, 2020
Comment: Yowee Batgirl!! Loved the envelope and all the goodies, particularly the vintage Czech stickers. Yowza, you did great!! Many thanks.
Response: You're welcome! Those Czech stickers were printed in Korea. Every once in a while I find something like that when I shop online for kawaii.
glassnowdrop rated for CPG Aug 2020 SC PC - Global on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful butterfly card! I hope your book club in the garden went well :)
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad it finally arrived. Book club was lovely, except the corded lawn mower blew out the circuit breaker that week so that grass was longish.
turboneko rated for Save the USPS - Kawaii Style on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the cute memos <3
Response: You're welcome 💖
turboneko rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all the cuteness! <3
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Wish I could give more hearts. It's always a thrill to be on the receiving end of your (frame-worthy) postcard swaps. Thanks so much -- even the envelope was gorgeous. Happy swapping and stay safe!
Response: You're welcome! I spend more time now sending postcards to people who are staying home, many alone. I cycle through a list of 50 family and friends. My latest postcards say, Vote!
asddsa28 rated for Save the USPS - Kawaii Style on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: thank you for all the memos, a lot that I have never seen!!!!
Response: You're welcome. I've not added much to my collection lately and I'm glad there were some new to you.
itsLinds rated for Sender's Choice PC September on Sep 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you, thank you for the beautiful card! I did not yet have a postcard with a Game of Thrones theme. So I am very happy with this. I will look up the books you mention. Have a nice day and happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. I've never seen the HBO production of GOT so I have no idea who's on the postcard!
Comment: Thanks for the Chinese dragon PC and it is a bookplate too :) I collect them. Very nice choice.
Response: You're welcome. I was happy to find a postcard that's so apt!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely letter on cute kitty paper. I was floored to hear what kind of profits a mini donut booth makes at the fair!!
Response: You're welcome. I volunteered for several years before I knew how important it is to the DFL budget. Cute kitty paper is kawaii.
Comment: Love the envelope, letter and postcards! Thank you.
Response: You're welcome!
CatAroo rated for Stickers, Stickers, Stickers! on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful collection of stickers! I don't really have much in the way of Kawaii stickers, so I appreciate them The Rilakkuma are awesome... one of my favorite mechanical pencils is patterned with the brown bear. :) The faux postage stickers are fab!!! My daughter is finishing her final semester of college online-- she's a math major, graduating early... gotta love math, right?
Response: You're welcome. Enjoy using the stickers! Yes, I love math. I credit my math major with teaching me clear analytical thinking and that's needed in many jobs. So good for your daughter!

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VioletLove on Oct 21, 2020:

Thank you for sending wishes from my Wonderful Wishes wish list for October. I had a quiet morning to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy your letter and go through each memo sheet. I love every single one! Thank you so much for the cuteness!!!

Mimosagirl on Oct 19, 2020:

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Thank you so much for the awesome mini pocket letter. I love it!

LadyJo on Oct 9, 2020:

Thank you for the WW wishes of a Lantern Press post card! It will go into my collection!

sebastian122 on Oct 3, 2020:

manders!! Thank you!!

I got your tag!! OMG, you're the best! Your generosity is so appreciated! You really do spoil me. XOXO

Whippet on Sep 30, 2020:

Thank you Meredith for the dogs postcard! The famous B&W photographer ( who is in his 90 yrs,) too photo of actress/model with photographer's dogs. That her purse in her hand. Reminds me of going to the dog shows with my late husband, I took lots & lots of photos for my artwork. My Mom enjoys watching TV shows, keeps me busy when she wants to watch video on my laptop. She loves Josh Gates' Expeditions on TV.

sebastian122 on Sep 27, 2020:

That washi is TOO CUTE! And too expensive! lol I shall pine in silence. ;-P

paperpusher on Sep 23, 2020:

Just dropping by for a quick hello! :)

ittybittykitty on Sep 20, 2020:

Welcome to Weirder Every Day!

sebastian122 on Sep 18, 2020:

What a lovely postcard! Thank you for sending it to me. XOXO

Poohtat on Sep 16, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely teas for my Sept WW. The Rose Chai smells so yummy!

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