Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2022 5:43 pm


Original Member
Last Online: December 5, 2022
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.

washi tape, this is something new and fun for me.

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


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 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.


Karen07 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #323 on Dec 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing your weekend with me Julia! The Farmhouse looks like a place I would enjoy. Have a great December
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous card! Happy Swapping.
MelissaLB rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #322 on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: Sounds like the perfect weekend of family fun and good food. So lovely! Thank you for the postcard. It's really cool.
Comment: Being only 90 minutes from NYC I have been to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They are definitely worth seeing. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!
Cindymt rated for Disney Lovers Around The World! #2 on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you for joining my swap! I am glad you liked it! I have been to the original Disneyland twice! Also, I love the envelope you sent!
vlhafer54 rated for PH: List 5 Series - Chicken Dishes on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the list - the chicken and dumplings my mom used to make were my favorite. Happy Swapping!
Comment: I love the christmas card you sent! How precious is that and I love love LOVE the message inside! "JOY TO EVERY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD" That is exactly what the world needs!! Thank you for the lovely Linen postcards~ Both are new to my collection and will be lovingly saved in my binder! xx G
Comment: Thank you for the nice PC.
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #320 on Nov 13, 2022
Comment: Hi Julia! Always wonderful to get you as a partner and thank you for the share & pcs! I sent a letter yesterday, so barring mailing issues, you will hopefully get it this week! LOL! I am so happy for you about the cataract surgery, although I have heard the eyedrops are a pain in the backside at times! But if you can see when it is all over, yipppeeee!! All the best my friend! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Lealie rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #318 on Nov 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend experiences with me. I really want to eat (veggie) bacon and tomato sandwiches now ;)
Highlander18 rated for UHM: Blank Postcards Swap 💐 on Nov 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the six cards, one came ok. The Post Office did a number on the corners and made five come in with bent corners. :-( - Received more cards today - you didn't have to do that.
Response: to bad the post office messed up. I sent a couple more to make up for the postal goof.
nicolebrooke23 rated for Not my country PC swap on Oct 30, 2022
Comment: Sounds like a great trip your husband went on!
CAMedford rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #316 on Oct 24, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card.
purtygirl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #315 on Oct 13, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the note card. I too wrote penal letters. Thanks for the tea. Its one of my favorites.
NJBird rated for Grounded in Gratitude on Oct 12, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the sweet card. Isn't it wonderful to have so many things in our lives to be grateful for? Love the handmade envelope!
nicolebrooke23 rated for Dear Diary PC on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: beautiful pc! hope you and your sis get to go on the trip soon
bluecrayons rated for 12 Days Of Christmas Day 1 on Oct 4, 2022
Comment: thank you for the extra stamps. will come in handy. i love the traditions. i do the gift one with my sis in michigan, we call each other every day starting dec 1 to open that days gift together. thanks for the recipes, i will definitely be trying them.
sschibetts rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #314 on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: thank you for sharing your weekend with me! i cant wait to try the tea, too!
Comment: Love the cactus card! Thanks!
aligurl75 rated for 12 Days of Christmas - Day 3 on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: The envelope is so pretty. I love the paper it is made out of. I also didn't know that Christmas stamps were out!! I have to look for some. The elves are so cute.

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Highlander18 on Dec 5, 2022:

Thank you very much for RAKS ONLY USA~ 2022 Christmas Card TAG - very nice card and very useful forever stamps - love the texture on the two sheets of stickers - first time have seen something like this.

BookLover9273 on Dec 5, 2022:

Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas card and stickers inside for the Christmas Card Tag in RAK group! Happy Holidays!

Poohtat on Dec 5, 2022:

RAKs Christmas card tag. Thank you for the card and the goodies. Happy Holidays

JuneRosebud on Dec 4, 2022:

Julia, Thank you for the RAK Nov. RAK #1, holiday notecards, draw Nov. 28 on RAKS ONLY USA. I couldn't find a place to list that I had received them on the group.

grammypammy on Dec 3, 2022:

RAKS ~ Christmas Card Tag

Thank you for the pretty Christmas card, for the Forever stamps and vintage images (love those).

Hugs, Pam

colleenbUSA on Oct 19, 2022:

Thank you so very much for the RAK of stamps! They're always needed!

AZmom875 on Oct 17, 2022:

October RAK #1 three postcards from Scotland The postcards are awesome and keepers. Thanks.

Chickenmama on Oct 10, 2022:

Thanks for the stamps!! Have a great night!!

katjl on Oct 4, 2022:

Thank you for September RAK #1, five forever stamps. I love the stamps you sent.

Byn0604 on Sep 19, 2022:

Thank you for the postage stamps from the Wishlist group forum.

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