Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: September 23, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States
Updated September 5, 2019
I'll be out of town more in the coming months, traveling to Stevens Point, WI to help my in-laws who are increasingly frail. I'll participate in a few swaps to keep in touch with y'all.
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.
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.
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.
No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.
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.
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.
I throw away too much plastic. This is a list of plastic that I receive in swaps and would like to avoid.
What to use:
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