Swap-bot Time: September 27, 2023 10:25 pm


Original Member
Last Online: September 27, 2023
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I am a definite snail mail addict. I love both sending and receiving mail. I have never not sent a swap and appreciate when someone tells me if a swap doesn't arrive. I have resent swaps with no problems, just am not psychic that something didn't arrive. I also rate all swaps the day they arrive.

I'm a Southern California native, married, mother of two and grandmother of three. I am retired! I retired twelve years ago and love every minute of my life. Still wondering when I had the time to work as I have so much I enjoy doing and not enough time to complete everything. I especially love writing pen pals and would love to hear from you. Just send me a note for my address. I love cooking, baking, reading, making cards and about anything else I am doing. I enjoy anything to do with Christmas. I always enjoy making at least one gift for each member of my family. This year there are lots of crocheted pot holders, some counted cross stitch magnets and a few counted cross stitch bookmarks. I have 21 family members and give each one 25 small gifts as Advent gifts. They are all wrapped in aluminum foil. I shop year round and often put items I receive in swaps in the boxes. I also love sending naked mail and my grandchildren have learned not to be surprised at what arrives in the mail. I live close enough to the original Disneyland to see the nightly fireworks

Favorite Movies

Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express

Favorite Crafts

OK, I lack a lot in the talent department but not in the enjoy trying department so I keep having fun trying. I enjoy making envelopes, counted cross stitch, huck weaving, crocheting and want to get back to making note cards. I am just starting ATCs. Actually, haven't made one yet but have the supplies.

What I like to receive


something unique from your country or part of the U.S.

recipes or cookbooks put out by churches or clubs - used is fine

anything to do with cookies = recipes, cookie cutters, etc.

anything to do with Christmas (OK, I don't consider snowmen to have anything to do with Christmas)

Gingerbread men and anything with Gingerbread men on it

I am a desert rat and wish I could move back to the desert. I love tortoises, cactus, lizards, snakes and anything else that reminds me of the desert.

anything with the Pillsbury Dough Boy on it

favorite colors are any jewel tone.

small counted cross stitch projects, especially Christmas or bookmarks, or 14 count fabric in any color

Something that interests you and will expand my world and knowledge

something small I can give as Christmas gifts


things I don't like

Anything to do with prejudice or hate.

anything to do with nudity

long dislike lists


washi tape unless it is Christmas related.

memo pads


Kawaii or other cute things. I'm not a cute person.

then again, I love surprises so most everything is OK

Post card preferences

I have joined a lot of post card swaps recently and just realized I never added any post card preferences. Part of the reason is I like most any post card. Preferences though include large letter cards, scenery, pictures of the area where you live or where you like to visit, wild animals, birds and reptiles, or wild flowers. I am not a great fan of art type cards but once in awhile they are good. I have had some great homemade cards however I also have had a few cards that were just stickers slapped on a piece of cardboard. If the latter is what you plan to send, don't waste your postage. I do prefer real stamps on the cards. I also love notes on the cards, something about you and where you live or what is shown on the card. An interesting note and a real stamp usually gets a heart. I prefer my cards to be naked but up to you.


I enjoy giving hearts and and am fairly liberal when i give them. That said, there are a couple of things that won't get you a heart.

First, if you don't spell my name oorrectly I most likely won't give you a heart. Come on, at least pay that much attention to the swap.

Second, if you don't put the swap name on the swap most likely I will be too tired to give you a heart by the time I search for the swap to rate it.

Adding junk. OK, it is fun to find an extra from my wish list in a package but so often I get things I don't want and I just have to throw them out. Please just give me what the swap requires. I have enough of my own junk I don't need yours.

I also love real stamps so they help me want to give hearts.

Favorite Books

I llove to read and read most anything except sci-fi fantasy and poetry. Memoirs, historical fiction and memories are my favorite. Just now I'm reading. lot of WW11 books. I also love mysteries and love both Jonathon and Faye Kellerman.


KatKit rated for PH: 3+ Stamps on a Postcard #3 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Interesting card. I am not familiar with this Park. Love the stamps. Thanks!
aprilivy rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #360 on Sep 19, 2023
Comment: I actually have that book on my to read list :)
Comment: Thank you so very much. I have it on my cedar chest awaiting till Advent Season to open up.
Comment: Thanks for the great pc and for sharing your fav desserts.
young46356 rated for WIYM: Send me a postcard... on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: Thanks Julia
Sweetrizzo44 rated for swaps 8 day diary on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail! I enjoyed reading each entry and you inspired me to spice up my next 8 Day diary swap. Also, thank you for the stamps. They will be put to good use. Again, thank you for sharing a piece of your daily life with me. It touched my heart. Take care and keep on swapping...
Comment: thank you so much for the Christmas letter!
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #361 on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: I love this "Hello from California" print card you sent! And I enjoyed reading about your weekend! The fund raiser walk sounds like fun! Oh yeah, your delightful advent project! I can only image how deeply loved everyone feels when they go thru those days! You Are Awesome! ♥♥!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful PC and your list. I haven't read anything by Jodi Piroult yet, though I've heard good things about her books.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I haven't read any of the books you've just finished or are currently reading. Happy reading :)
MissChief rated for TCHH ~ Just a Note #14 on Sep 14, 2023
Comment: thank you for the note! I love the line art on front! This is the day was my grandmother's favorite verse as well. I love that you shared about your service with feeding the hungry. That has a special place in my heart as well.
Juniebird rated for WIYM: Happy Postcard Swap on Sep 14, 2023
Comment: I enjoyed the Desert postcard you sent, thank you very much!
Comment: Wow, that was quick :) Dear Julia...m a n y thanks for that wonderful LA/Hollywood-card incl. neat stamps!
KrystalCook84 rated for PH: Things You See on Sep 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the postcard!
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #317 on Sep 10, 2023
Comment: Thanks!
Fullsteampowell rated for Postcard - Not Your Country on Sep 9, 2023
Comment: Ooooooooh, Scotland! I wanna go!
mchesser12 rated for WIYM: **BIG CITY PC SWAP** on Sep 7, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the Los Angeles postcard. I’ve never been to California.
ReadWithMel rated for WIYM: Happy Postcard Swap on Sep 6, 2023
Comment: Loved the card and hearing about your experience at their library!
Comment: Thanks Julia! Alot of those are my favorite animals too!
Comment: Thanks Julia for the great recipes and the blank recipe card.

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thehappycow on Sep 26, 2023:

Sept RAK - Postcard stamps - Thankyou so much for the stamps!!

sleepykitty on Sep 24, 2023:

Thank you so much for the stamps you sent (in an adorable envelope/library card!) for your RAK #1 this month. It's very generous of you, and I appreciate it!

chimerix on Aug 21, 2023:

Thank you so much for the great envelope of fun things to use and craft with. And I love the little bobby pin dangles - so cute. Aloha!

RAKs only - Aug

Highlander18 on Aug 10, 2023:

chimerix on Jul 27, 2023:

Thank you so much for the July RAK #3, ten postcard stamps. I have been making a lot of PCs lately, so these will absolutely come in handy. Aloha

Highlander18 on Jul 24, 2023:

Thank you very much for July RAK #6, ten postcard stamps. - Very generous!

JuneRosebud on Jul 21, 2023:

Julia, You are so darn generous!! Thank you bunches for the July RAK #5. five forever stamps draw July 17! Postage stamps are like gold at my house so I really appreciated getting them. RAKS ONLY USA

bluerose3 on Jul 6, 2023:

June rak 5 five forever stamps. Thank you. I haven't seen these stamps yet.

JuneRosebud on Jun 21, 2023:

Hi Julia; thanks so much for the June RAK #3 Forever stamps. It was a nice surprise to get them & I love the Endangered Species stamps. So very cool!! RAKS ONLY USA

Chickenmama on Jun 11, 2023:

Thanks for the RAK of stamps!! Loved them!! Sorry it took me a few to thank you. I couldn't find your profile. I know you by the name we use in our letters. haha Have a great week!! Stacey

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