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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: January 21, 2022

Country: United States
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About Me

Updated 30 December, 2021

Where's my rating? Where's Meredith?
Every few weeks I head to central Wisconsin to visit my husband's parents for a few days, 210mi/340km from our home to theirs. They are 88 and live in their home. I make nice meals and leave them leftovers and fresh pasta from Trader Joe's for easy meals. We don't do very much because it's a small city with little to do. I'm mostly offline for the duration of the visit because their WiFi is unreliable.

Audio books entertain me during the long, boring drive. Do you have a favorite to recommend to me?

I'm a retired software engineer and application architect. I'm working on websites for a couple of nonprofit organizations. I've learned when people ask me to build a website, I ask them to prepare content, enough for 30 webpages. That's often when their dream dies.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. We are vegetarians, doing our bit for climate change. These days I'm simplifying complicated recipes, like crustless cheese-less quiche with three ingredients plus salt, pepper and herbs. What are your favorite foods? How do you make them? I drink lots of tea, mostly herbal now, if a swap suggests sending tea in sealed packets.

Sometimes I make fancy envelopes and some are pretty good. The best ideas come from mail art that I receive, like tearing a map to cover the front of an envelope. I have lots of Japanese washi tape and often use just that on outgoing envelopes. Some people tell me they pull it off the envelopes I send and reuse it. I would love to receive unused vintage US postage stamps or unused postage stamps from other countries to decorate envelopes. Lots of Stamps on an Envelope swap requirements don't say they all need to be from my country!

I enjoy writing and often send letters or longish notes with swaps, even when they aren't required. That's the extra I send. I'd love to receive lined letter paper, folded or not.

Traveling is my greatest love. I worked and lived in Israel and India and lived in Paris, all places I enjoyed despite not having time for sightseeing. (I never went up the Eiffel Tower.) Until the pandemic I traveled quite a bit. Now I'm waiting to see where I can go next. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?


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, colorful and cheerful 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 from the US when you're from elsewhere! Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. Not those childish Distributed by Michael's Inc. designs. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3. (Lucky you if there's a Half Price Books near you.)
Please, no junk.

manders loves kawaii

Omurice is a wonderful quick dinner. I make it with Trader Joe's Japanese Fried Rice and extra frozen vegetables, thin omelettes that we lay over the fried rice, and ketchup. And now it's turning up in kawaii like Ojipan and I love them all!


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. Real photos made cute aren't so cute to me. Unicorns are too sweet for me.

Books I Recommend

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • A Promised Land. Barack Obama's memoir, read by Barack Obama
  • The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I read and loved the first three books in the series The Queen's Thief ages ago and will backtrack to 4 and 5 in the series.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. I read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of his feminist novels. It amazed us that his characters feel contemporary.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. It's excellent and deeply discouraging.
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley, a YA fantasy author. I'm binging on her books now, as my turn comes up on the hold list. Every story is unique!
  • Tara Westover's memoir Educated, about growing up in a Mormon survivalist family with her bipolar and possibly schizophrenic father.

January's Book Club Books
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

No, thank you

  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it. I drink lots of tea!
  • Ephemera, scrap book paper, die cuts, and the like. I'm not very good at paper craft. My phone is my planner and my journal is unadorned.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi tape.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Postcards: see above
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org: People can be exposed to thirdhand smoke by touching contaminated surfaces (absorption through the skin).
  • Unicorns, unless they are images of the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


lnguyen124 rated for KSU: It's all... HEARTS on Jan 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the kawaii hearts mail! I enjoyed the friends as much as the hearts :)
Comment: Thank you for your notecard! I hope you can find a nice place for your in-laws. It’s never an easy thing to do but most of the time they say “I wished we had done this sooner! Amsterdam is such a great city. The spring or fall is the best time of year. Take care!
Response: You're welcome! The looking is postponed until the latest surge ends. I'm at home, configuring a new ChromeBook computer for my father-in-law. Configuring means turning on parental controls.
Myself333 rated for CPG QUICKIE: B&W PC #3 - US on Jan 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the crazy car crash photo! I wonder what even happened there! It's so nice that you read through my profile, although I wouldn't have minded an Adventure Time PC either ;) I've only lived in the desert the last 11 years, before which I was from the midwest, but I've always loved nautical stuff. I think I'm just a big water lover! I have a half sleeve on one of my legs of a nautical scene I was inspired to get because of a song I love, "Wooden Heart" by Listener. Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. Bridges fascinated my dad. On road trip vacations we made side trips to see important bridges (there's a Y-shaped bridge in RI) and also a special trip to NYC when the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge opened. Later I learned there's a correspondence between liking bridges and people who never learned to swim. Dad never learned to swim. That's why I asked about the desert and your nautical interests.
Comment: Fun postcard. =D And such a terrific selection of memos!! Thanks for joining my swap, and for sharing. XOXO
Response: You're welcome. Not so much new stuff now so you're getting oldies but goodies.
simcoe54 rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #33 on Jan 8, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great non-touristy pcs.
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like them. I chose favorites of mine.
Ang rated for ISS: Handmade Envie with a Goody on Jan 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the unique items enclosed. I will have to try the recipe too since it is one that has made you famous 🤩
Response: You're welcome.
ch0xi rated for Quick Kawaii Swap Before the Holidays on Jan 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for all the sweet goodies and the letter!! I loved everything, and the packaging was so cute <3 Happy holidays!!
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Thanks so much for a fun envie and cool treats!
Response: You're welcome.
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Dec 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies you sent. I haven't purchased new Kawaii in a long time and love seeing new stuff. I really need to buy new holiday/winter-themed washi tapes too. Love your envelope deco!
Response: You're welcome. I have few winter-themed items, probably because I have just too much real winter!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome postcard. I dad also worked in the space program so I was excited to get the perfect postcard.
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you had lots of space topics in your list of postcards.
jeka396 rated for CPG Warm OR Touristy PC - GLobal on Dec 24, 2021
Comment: Omg love this American crocodile facts PC!! Yep, warm and Florida go together!
Response: It takes a special person to love that postcard! I'm so glad you like it.
JtttK rated for Quick Kawaii Swap Before the Holidays on Dec 23, 2021
Comment: thanks for all the variety of goodies
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy re-homing kawaii!
Comment: Hey Meredith, thank you so much for the swap. I always enjoy receiving from you and hearing how you are doing. Stay safe and warm!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for hosting the swap. Stay healthy and out of the storms!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Love the Finches! I call them Rainbow Finches, but I see their real name is Gouldian. Never too old to learn. Just hope I'm not too old to remember!! Lol. I remember sending 150 Christmas cards in the past. It's a lot of work! Only a dozen this year. Postcards...a great idea! Audubon had some great drawings... good choice 🙂 good luck finishing your cards this year. Merry Christmas! Be safe and Happy. 🤶🎄🎅
Response: You're welcome. Your great profile made it easy for me to choose a postcard for you.
BusyB rated for WINTER Postcard on Dec 17, 2021
Comment: Hi there! We get "the eastwinds" here and frequently get wind warnings of 50-60 mph any time during the year except summer. Thank you for the postcard. Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome. The big winds here in Minnesota wended their way south of us. My spouse worries about this sort of weather so we charged the lanterns and put new batteries in the flashlights!
DeidreArt rated for KSU: 20 Large Memos: December 2021 on Dec 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I haven't bought stationery in a little bit, but did just probably overspend on some other little kawaii goodies! But it's Christmas right so its ok!
Response: You're so welcome! My spouse is making the long-running joke about what did I get myself for Hanukkah. But it's Christmas so, yes, it's okay! And because I'm making half a dozen kinds of Christmas cookies for his parents.
Comment: Sorry for late rate I could have sworn I already rated u- lol! But omg I wish I could give u more hearts. Everything is so so cutely wrapped!! I am trying my best to save the gifts for throughout this month. I did open day 1 and 2 and was so so happy. I love the rilakkuma sticker flakes and the letter set! Cannot wait to rip open into the other 3! Thanks again and happy channukah <3
Response: I'm glad you like it! I keep a spreadsheet of all the swaps I join to help me keep track of everything. The upshot is that I'm a bit nudgy at times!
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome PCs! You took so much time matching them to my profile, and I truly appreciate that. I love all of them!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad they arrived: better late than never!
Comment: Love, love, love!! Thank you for the great D&D pcs! I love them. Aloha!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad they hit your sweet spot!
Comment: Chag Samech! I hope you are finding joy and light during this Hannukah season. Thank you so much for the sweet gift and the lovely note. I bet Minnesota is COLD this time of year! I’m in California so we don’t get any snow and barely even cold weather. Not that I’m complaining :) happy third night of hannukah, sending much love your way 💕
Response: Happy Hanukkah! Shabbat Shalom! My husband says our weather is like Northern California now. I haven't scraped frost off our little auto and snow is only a light dusting. Daytime temps in the 40s and nighttime temps rarely drop below freezing.

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sebastian122 on Jan 12, 2022:

Thank you for the spots and stripes RAK. You're such a sweetheart.

Heirloom on Dec 29, 2021:

I just picked up your pretty snowy owl PC from the post office (haven't been in awhile). You're such a thoughtful person. Hope your 2022 is terrific!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 20, 2021:

Thank you for the holiday PC. The card is so pretty! I hope you had a Happy Hanukkah and that the New Year is much better than this one.

kiddomerriweather on Dec 17, 2021:

Thank you for the December WW! My PC pal will love receiving these PC's in the mail. =D

BusyB on Dec 17, 2021:

I'll be thinking of you and your husband and hope you'll be safe! Hopefully you won't need those lanterns or flashlights. ❤️

sebastian122 on Dec 13, 2021:

Anchovies and xmas cookies, huh? This is why we're friends.

susieq11 on Dec 4, 2021:

Meredith!!!! Thank you so very much for the scavenger hunt postcards!!!! That is so nice of you! Very cool that you kept to a theme. I love it! As with all Meredith mail, the washi is adorable and looks so perfect! Wishing you a happy weekend and Hanukkah! Thank you for your generosity always. xoxo

Autist on Dec 3, 2021:

I must have forgot to hit Leave Comment. But…

Thank you so much for the lovely ornaments!! They look amazing on my tree. The tinsel was my husbands favorite. It was very helpful and so kind of you to think of us.


Heirloom on Dec 2, 2021:

Fairydollmilk on Nov 22, 2021:

Thank you for the washi and note for my Nov wonderful wish!

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