Swap-bot Time: September 23, 2019 8:23 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: September 23, 2019
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

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 ๐Ÿ˜ข 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 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.

  • 2019: a road trip east to visit family and friends. Cape Cod; Boston; Rye, NY where I went sailing and cruising down the East River to New York Bay to watch sailboat races; New York City where I saw the revival of Oklahoma! and the Whitney Biennial; New Jersey; Philadelphia where I visited the Brandywine River Museum; Bluefield, VA; and Front Royal, VA. My route from Bluefield to Front Royal included Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.
  • 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. Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Cape Cod, DE, NY, NJ to visit family and friends. In all, I visited 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

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.

  • Airplanes, rockets and lighter-than-air aircraft. I took flying lessons so I could fly airships. 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.
  • 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

No thank you: Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards won't get hearts from me. Most others will.

manders loves kawaii


My favorite kawaii has a face. I ๐Ÿ’– 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.
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 envelopes and postcards so they travel safely in the mail.

What else does manders like?

  • A personal note or letter
  • Blank postcards, new or vintage, to send
  • Cookbooks, new and used, though not for bacon (I'm Jewish)
  • Facial sheet masks of all flavors
  • Handmade envelopes, A4 or A6, large enough for postcards
  • Kitchen towels, especially terrycloth because my spouse is our dishwasher
  • Magnetic bookmarks
  • Muffin recipes, not too sweet. I put streusel on top.
  • National parks: your suggestions of what to see and what to skip
  • New notecards and envelopes
  • Personalized swap cards printed on address labels

No thank you

  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • Coffee and coffee gadgets
  • Confetti and glitter (unless the swap says to)
  • Disney
  • Dollar store/dollar bin items
  • Don't offload ugly kawaii
  • DVDs and CDs: we stream everything
  • Food and candy: we keep kosher
  • Hello Kitty that's not Hello Kitty Original
  • Kawaii pictures of poo and dogs' rear ends
  • Magnets (our refrigerator is stainless steel)
  • Postcards and sheets to color: I don't
  • 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)

Life Without Plastic

I throw away too much plastic. This is a list of plastic that I receive in swaps and would like to avoid.

  • Metallic, iridescent or holographic plastic bows, glitter, shreds, and wrapping tissue.
  • Plastic ziplock bags, especially tiny ones. I can't open the tiny ones so I cut off the top to open them and throw them out.
  • Deco tape and plastic shipping tape. I'm using up what I have on hand and won't buy more.
  • Bubble wrap padded envelopes. I try to reuse these.

What to use:

  • Paper bows, shreds, and wrapping paper.
  • Furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloth, made from any piece of cloth. Google how to wrap Furoshiki for directions. Reuse the furoshiki you receive to wrap another swap or for your next quilt.
  • Reuse small envelopes and packing materials, bags, boxes and bubble mailing envelopes. Many people reuse the cellophane wrapper from stickers sacks. Pattie reuses small envelopes from bag swaps when she's the Send it home to....
  • Reuse Ziplock bags.
  • Using a nice piece of paper, fold it around tiny kawaii to make an informal envelope and seal it with washi tape. Or fold it the same way you'd fold parchment paper around fish to bake it.
  • Paper tape. We all love washi tape. Kraft paper shipping tape is widely available now. U-Haul sells self-sticking paper tape.
  • 100% recycled padded mailers


orneryswife rated for UHM: Paper Weaving on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Beautiful weaving! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for hosting the swap.
ccmmsu rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R3 on Sep 20, 2019
Comment: Thanks for passing on the PCs to me. Oooooh, ghosts are a tough one. You did a good job working with it, though! I'll have to look through my tin of flakes I've received -- I think there might be one or two ghosts in there. :)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for joining my swap.
Comment: Swap Partner, thank you for the Hawaii PC! I totally understand what you're saying about needing a trip to Hawaii. Like you said, what's next? There's always something!
Response: You're welcome. It's all about aspirational travel and my list is too long for my budget.
kiddomerriweather rated for PARCEL SWAP - SPOOKY on Sep 19, 2019
Comment: OMGoodness! I cannot say enough nice things about this swap. When I opened it I squealed because it was wrapped in the fabric that I really wanted at JoAnn the other day, but I had already picked out too many for another project. I love the enamel pins soooo much! The poseable pumpkin and jack-o-lantern bird are completely awesome! I can't wait to decorate with them. I really needed black and orange felt. It's like you were reading my mind! The first aid kit is hilarious! Pumpkin carving IS dangerous! There are so many other great things, but it would take a book to list them all. You really made my Halloween special! Thank you so much for an outstanding swap!
Response: You're so welcome. I had fun collecting and packing everything. Are you going to put a face on the poseable pumpkin?
Comment: Thank you so much for granting my wish list. All the cards are lovely and I appreciate them.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad they arrived safely. I'll put a comment on your profile about sending and rating to support your be patient message!
turboneko rated for KSU: Kwik Kawaii on Sep 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely goodies :D
Response: You're welcome. It's always fun swapping with you.
Comment: Great choices, thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them.
Comment: Thank you for the cool insect/beetle postcard. Wow, I'm glad you had the chance to visit Korea. Yes, the old ceramic art is amazing here! Best wishes and thanks again.
Response: You're welcome. Practically the first thing I look for in any museum in any part of the world are the ceramics exhibits and Korea has one of the best I've ever seen.
PokerHontaz rated for ILK: August 8-8-8 Swap on Sep 6, 2019
Comment: Wow! So much cuteness! I loved everything you sent :) I had a smile on my face the entire time while going through your swap hehe I swear I'm not creepy! Ha :D And thank you for the nice note :) I take care of my older parents as well, so I know how hard things can be. You're an angel on earth, for sure. <3!
Response: Thank you for the lovely rating.
Comment: Great Postcards, Thank You!
Response: You're welcome. I had fun choosing them for you.
asddsa28 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R2 on Aug 27, 2019
Comment: thanks i will get them moving.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for joining the swap. I changed the swap description for R3 to say that you can address your postcards to anyone and also send more than one.
MissPaula rated for CPG Aug '19 Senders Choice PC - US on Aug 16, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the PC. Hope your spouse is 100% soon! = )
Response: You're welcome and thank you. I look forward to the beginning of the school year because then I'll know how he really is.
Comment: Super cards!!! The museum is a must see place, I have been only once to the French Quarter and I have heard about cow parlors like this. Thank you very very much!!! <3s
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them. That stop on my road trip was the first time I'd been to a dairy farm tourist attraction though not my first dairy farm. My grandfather was a dairy farmer.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 50 flakes! on Aug 13, 2019
Comment: So many flakkkkkkkes. And postcards! Thanks for all the goodies!!!!
Response: You're welcome. I put collected the sticker flakes before you assigned partners. Will you send the postcards, such them away, or post them on a wall?
mamajoy rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6S on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Very NICE cards. I love James Dean, and I had a Georgia O'Keefe poster that I bought in San Francisco years ago. It out lived its usefulness when I moved. I'm glad your husband is done with his surgery. I had exactly the same thing. Truly. 5 hrs under the knife, 27 gallstones in my bile duct. The surgeon said he never saw so many. A couple of weeks later, another woman came in with 24 stones in her bile duct. Very unusual. I wish him a speedy recovery. Joy
Response: I'm glad you like the postcards. The staples came out of my spouse yesterday and now he can do everything except move furniture.
CHOWEFACE rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #54 on Aug 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the great cards!
Response: You're welcome. I have fun choosing them.
Comment: Dear Ms. Meredith....your mail totally made my week! Thank you for your kindness and generosity towards me! The kawaii that you sent me is all new to my collection! I am now absolutely smitten with Sabo Kappa. (My new obsession...lol) You, my friend are awesome! โญ
Response: You're welcome. Sabo Kappa is great. Perhaps San-x will bring it back. All my little notes and lists for my spouse's recovery are on kawaii.
Comment: That is a terrific selection! Thanks for sharing with me. =D
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting the swap.
asddsa28 rated for KSU Traveling Stickers R1 on Jul 25, 2019
Comment: thank you for the postcard and stickers ill be shore to pass it along next round.
Response: You're welcome. I hope you had a chance to send along you extra postcards.
rogo09 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #6R on Jul 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Meredith, Perfect choice of post cards. They are all awesome but the Ferris wheel is my favorite. Thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome. I knew that Ferris wheel was perfect for you. I like it when that happens.

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kiddomerriweather on Sep 19, 2019:

I want to put a face on my pumpkin. I just havenโ€™t figured out how yet. Heโ€™s sitting on my childhood rocking chair atm.

Ellen101 on Sep 19, 2019:

Receiving your Bear Kawaii RAK is awesome! I love those sweet bears. Thank you!

MiRdLHWY43 on Sep 15, 2019:

Thank you for the funny postcard, this is so me if you throw in a caramel apple!๐Ÿ˜‚

IsadoraWing on Sep 13, 2019:

thanks for the Minnesota mint condition capitol building cards! (WW Sept)

bluehairedmary on Sep 10, 2019:

Thanks so much for the fantastic postcards for the Wonderful Wishes group! They certainly ARE really nice quality! Thanks for the thoughtful happy mail!

susieq11 on Sep 7, 2019:

Hi Meredith! Thank you for your note and the postcards for WW September! What nice happy mail! I appreciate it a lot! Enjoy the weekend : )

dartha on Sep 3, 2019:

Wonderful Wishes: Thank you so much for the adorable wooden dog postcard. Hope you spouses surgery went fine. And the wether is cooling down so you are able to enjoy Summer more. Thank you so much, darla

tcornell on Aug 19, 2019:

Thank you so much for the large Kawaii memo sheets that you sent me for August Wonderful Wishes! I knew right away from the green envie that It was from you!

susieq11 on Aug 18, 2019:

Thanks so much for the postcards for WW August!! I love the woodpecker, so pretty. The beetle will be finding a new home as Iโ€™m afraid of bugs LOL but I know the perfect person to send it to! They are all so nice and I appreciate your note!! Enjoy the rest of the summer!!!! Thank you for thinking of me! : ) xoxo

kiddomerriweather on Aug 17, 2019:

Thank you for the awesome August WW wishes! I love all the note cards you sent. Iโ€™ll have to check out my secondhand bookstore.

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