Swap-bot Time: January 15, 2021 7:36 am


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Last Online: January 15, 2021
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.

tote bags - including those with advertising


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.


PrincessLeia rated for SH: Christmas Note cards on Jan 15, 2021
Comment: Hi Julia, thanks for the lovely note cards.
PrincessLeia rated for Weekly Wrap Up PC #21 on Jan 14, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely PC and for sharing your week.
Comment: Thank you. Happy baking!
cookies37 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #227 on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Hi! I really enjoyed reading your notecard! Love the idea of putting your gingerbread people to bed. I’m also a huge fan of them and probably have enough for a small tree. Yes, it has been really quiet 🤫 for a long time. I’m retired so the whole week is like that. I hardly ever go out. Thanks so much for the delightful message. Take care ~ Judy
CraftyShana76 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #223 on Jan 9, 2021
Comment: TYVM!!! Is it ok if I write you back???
Comment: Thank you. Your gifts sound nice :)
ccmmsu rated for Ugly PC Swap # 22 on Jan 8, 2021
Comment: I love those boxes of 100 cards, but they sure have some odd ones thrown in sometimes, don't they? lol Thanks for the laugh. I just started doing these ugly PC swaps and they're cracking me up. Take care & happy new year!
Comment: I enjoyed looking at the card. You sent me a Pendleton postcard and I found it interesting as they blankets are made here in Oregon. They are a very popular blanket and very sought after. Your right it's not a lot of color or excitement to it. But what a match since the city is in the eastern part of my state and I love the city. Doris
michlove rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #226 on Jan 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your weekend with me. It sounds like you took good care of yourself.
Comment: We are thinking along the same lines for resolutions! Best of luck to you in achieving your goals!
Comment: Thank you for sharing your list of Christmas dinner
jutrinc rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #225 on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your note Julia, I really appreciated hear about your weekend and Christmas organization! Happy new year to you!
Comment: Thanks for sharing your holiday recipe and for the extra cards too❤️
laterdayze rated for Christmas Card Swap on Dec 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card and I loved hearing about your Christmas favorites! :D
Comment: Thanks a lot for the lovely Christmas card, I really love it. Hope they liked your self-made ornaments.
Comment: Thank you and I am sorry for the late rating
Comment: Pretty card. Cant wait to write back
Comment: I hope you get everything on your wish list! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ❤️
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #224 on Dec 19, 2020
Comment: Aw, you got to do stuff with your daughter and your son! Serious Congrats to your daughter for finishing her marathon!! Laughing about the downloaded books... good job! Thank you for sharing, what a fabulous weekend!
Comment: Thank you much for the Christmas PC and your list. Very nice picks! Esp. Rudolph. I love that one! Merry Christmas!

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wolfeagle on Dec 30, 2020:


Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




Tryph on Nov 23, 2020:

Thanks SO much for the random bits from my Nov wishlist! I appreciate it!

Queensmiley2530 on Nov 19, 2020:

Thank you so much for my wish of Christmas forever stamps in wishlist

OrigamiGrace on Nov 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for the postcards from my November wishlist at the Wishlist Group! I love them!! One is getting framed as a memento for 2020!! Thank you so much!!

Mrrranda on Oct 27, 2020:

Thank you for the postage stamps from my October wishlist!

BusyB on Oct 21, 2020:

Thank you so much for the Mayflower forever stamps from the RAK group! These will be used on my Thanksgiving card swaps. I love your cute dolphin vintage stationary! You know I'll put this in one of my journals. 😁Thanks again.

area51ufo1 on Oct 5, 2020:

For the USA only RAK stamps. I have just about run out of my Year of the rat stamps

CrystalZ on Sep 23, 2020:

Thank you for the used postage stamps and the cute stickers that you sent for my September wishlist! I am looking forward to using them in the future.

TryshaH81 on Sep 23, 2020:

Many thanks for the RAK USA ONLY game for Sept of 5 postage stamps

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