Swap-bot Time: August 17, 2017 2:45 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: August 16, 2017
Birthday: October 25
Country: United States

Meredith in a nutshell

Updated June 25, 2017

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 called me fearless in the kitchen and that's true: I enjoy trying new recipes of all sorts. I'm making quick breads for a little sweet in our lunches and learning the science of baking bread. In March I made lemon cake roll and, when the filling oozed out of the sides, I turned it into a lovely trifle. Dessert for my book club in April was a huge hit and simple to make: DIY profiteroles. I made pâté à choux and butterscotch sauce. I put these and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and high quality store-bought chocolate sauce on the dining room table, and everyone served themselves.

✈ 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.

  • More places to go in 2017: Israel and Dallas and more trips to Chicago. Maybe Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.
  • 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: New Zealand 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

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 to get a job.
  • Arts & Crafts design; William Morris patterns
  • Day of the Dead art
  • 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 deleted my list of favorite characters because I enjoy most, especially San-X. Two exceptions: poo and dogs' rear ends.

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
  • Quick bread recipes
  • Slow cooker recipes that don't include a can of soup or ranch dressing: we cook from scratch
  • 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.
  • Confetti and glitter
  • Christian items and comments: I'm Jewish
  • Christmas and Easter stuff: I'm Jewish
  • 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)
  • X-rated items
  • Washi or deco tape samples (I have lots)
  • zazzle postcards (no hearts, sorry)


ainaignies rated for B&W PCs week 31 on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you
MamaMangrove rated for Art pc #33 art from the 1800's on Aug 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks, Meredith. Happy tenting! I fear my tent camping days are over now that a bad back precludes sleeping on the ground. I've been thinking about a teardrop trailer myself...
Comment: omg i love it!!!!! thank you thank you! the memos!!!! i love them so so much! the stickers!!! and you put tabs and washi in too!! *HUG*
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the effusive comment!
paperpusher rated for KSU: Kawaii Birds on Aug 10, 2017
Comment: Thanks for all the bird goodies!! Oh, yes, penguins are a favorite bird. =) Our Texas trip was great although it had its moments (you may have seen my souvenir picture on facebook-lol.) I hope yours is wonderful in September!
Response: You're welcome. Yes, I saw your FB photo. It's good that there's lots of ice in TX!
Dessie0416 rated for Happy Anniversary to VLD♥ on Aug 8, 2017
Comment: Yes, it is really hot here! But, luckily I have not been bit up too much by the mosquitos. Love the London PC! Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. It is about noon now, temps in the 60s and I'm listening to machines lay down pavement on our street.
Comment: Thanks for the postcards, cute way to package them too!
Response: You're welcome. The most important packing trick is a stack that stays stacked in transit so corners don't bend.
Tatsu rated for ISS: Scavenger Hunt Swap on Aug 7, 2017
Comment: I just love EVERYTHING you've sent me. My favorite was the Koala's March dangler, followed closely by the upcycled+something inside pakage. Thank you so much! P.S: here the weather is insane, it's cold and then sunny, but still cold. My nose is also runny, so I'm mostly an inside person at the moment too!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like everything that I can't remember putting into the package!
Comment: Thanks!!!
Response: You're welcome 🖒🖒👍
Comment: thank you so much! I loved all the stickers on the envelope. The card is pretty thank you. I hope get the bags moving soon.
Response: You're so welcome. Thanks for the speedy rating!
paperpusher rated for KSU: Kawaii Pandas on Aug 3, 2017
Comment: Love all the panda goodies!!! Thank you! The house on the card is amazing! I'm fascinated by the different architectures of past times and love touring old houses.
Response: You're welcome. You too might find an octagon house near you! Are you near Clay, MS? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_octagon_houses
oflifeandlists rated for KSU: Kawaii Kitties on Aug 2, 2017
Comment: I need to take a picture of it, but I need to know what sticker sack the cat playing the trumpet flake is from. I'm not usually into the 'real life' images or similar to that, but this sticker is fantastic.
Response: Email me the photo and I'll see whether that came from an open stack I have. It might be from my bowl of received sticker flakes.
Comment: More happy mail from you!! Yay!! Thank you! So many bear flakes! ❤️ How did your zucchini bread turn out?? I bet your kitchen smells so yummy from all the cooking! I hope you had a fun dinner party with the girls and great picnic with your husband's family.
Response: You're welcome. The zucchini bread was great, though I think many of the ladies don't eat carbs!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful flakes!! I love getting them, put them in a pretty frosted glass candy canister on my desk and use them to decorate envelopes. =) I collect the full sheets, too! I never thought of them as little stories, but you're right!! So cool!
Response: You're welcome. I should probably keep my incoming sticker flakes in a covered jar rather than a bowl that tips over every once in a great will.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, Mail Monday! on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: My most sincere apology for this late rating. I totally dropped the ball. BUT! I love the swap. Thank you for everything, including your patience. =D
Response: You're welcome! The only reason I noticed was because it was in the queue next to an unrated swap that's headed to Peru.
Fullsteampowell rated for Science Postcard Swap #1 on Jul 28, 2017
Comment: Pretty!
Response: It's one of my favorites from the Tate.
paperpusher rated for KSU: Sumikko Gurashi 30 pieces on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute Sumikko Gurashi memo sheets!!! I love them all!
Response: You're so welcome. And I look forward to solving the mystery.
EricB rated for B&W PCs week 30 on Jul 27, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great Miles Davis card! Last year in Ohio, we took two northern routes, and we may go through the southern part this fall.
Response: You're welcome. When you go to New England, you'll find lots of great antique malls in New Hampshire.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like all those camels!
Comment: Nice postcard. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome.
katiepumpkin rated for B&W PCs week 29 on Jul 22, 2017
Comment: Love the postcard choice thank you lots!
Response: You're lots welcome! This swap was the perfect opportunity to send a B&W card from my Disney box.

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kaypendragon on Aug 11, 2017:

TY for the postcard for my Little Guy!

sebastian122 on Aug 8, 2017:

Got the random KSU sticker flake bag and will be very happy to send it home. =D Thanks for sharing!!

sebastian122 on Jul 18, 2017:

Thank you for all the flakes in the 25 (ha!) sticker flake tag!!

paperpusher on Jul 14, 2017:

I like your ideas of coping with the heat! My favorite is the pool.... Now to just have a pool! LOL!!!!

oflifeandlists on Jul 11, 2017:

Thank you for the surprise tag! I never buy Rilakkuma, so the memo brings something different to my collection. Thank you!!

VivaLaDiane on Jul 3, 2017:


paperpusher on Jun 26, 2017:

Love the postcard!! Thank you!

sebastian122 on Jun 25, 2017:

Thank you for the gifts, and the postcard, and the tag. =D You're such a sweetie.

Heirloom on Jun 8, 2017:

Stopping by to say "hello!"

raniheartspaper on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for your package with the random bags and sticker sack! I hope you'll have a good time out east.

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