03/21/22: Please BE AWARE/NOTIFIED:
I got a notification last week that I have packages coming home as they were rejected but will find out the reasons for each one as soon as they get reported in my mailbox to proceed with further ''corrections''.
This is disturbing because at first, I thought it was a mistake (or a terrible bad joke) but then, 3 days ago, I found the first rejection notification in my mailbox; a swap I sent 2 months ago to @LadySunshine and it was rejected due ''missing'' the receiver's address label in the package but I am wondering how they lost it?!!?? It went all the way to Israel and came back because the package has no label? How it went out of the country, in first instance, if it was missing the address label? BS!!!
So, here I am; hopeless with our Postal Services and wondering about which packages are coming back and one side of me is really, really mad, upset, frustrated, worried but, I do have to admit it; that is a better scenario (getting packages back for further redirection) than having them Missing in Action (MIA) while my receivers wonder about me as swapper.
I am really sorry friends, this is surreal but it is what it is and beyond my control but If you have any concerns, just PM me. I will be happy to reply back asap. Thank you for your understanding!! ♥
I am an Instagram user. If you do not want to spoil your swap, do not spy me ;-)
Everyone is informed that we have a volcano with a heavy ongoing activity that is affecting Costa Rica big time in all the possible ways. So due to our postal crisis please be informed about the following points:
Currently, whether dropping my envies at the nearest postal office or using the blue mailbox, the packages are taking at least a week or more to be sorted out and to reflect its status in the tracking tool. I am sorry, I know this impacts you but please rest assure I am trying my best to drop the packages as soon as possible to prevent any more delays of what we are already experiencing
I send everything with tracking number except naked postcards
Most of my tags, raks, angels and swaps when allowed, will be shipped from online shops to avoid lost packages and especially to shorten the awaiting time but be aware that all that is shipped from Costa Rica, has ahead a waiting list in the queue before it gets sorted out plus an extended crossing to reach you.
I will resend if: Has passed 6 weeks since the day I marked the swap SENT and you have not received it yet. Please only PM me
I always will give you 'second endless' chances before rating you down. I am aware of how long can take a swap to reach me, so I will always contact you. Communication is the key, so please use it with me too ! :-) ♥
Po Box 1891 San Pedro
Montes de Oca 02050
San Jose, Costa Rica
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Maria, 48 years old, widower, born and living in Costa Rica, a member of a big half Italian family.
I have 3 grown children (Montserrat, Mariano and Luisa), first two have made me grandma already twice (each): Luca and Pietro (Montse) and Giacomo and Costanza (Mariano) and those babies enlightening me and are my prize for any good I have done in this life.
We are 11 living in the same home!! Scared? Lol... We are renting a big home and we all have our own space. We have lived as ''a communa'' all our life, not in the sort of 'hippy/naive'' way but from the solidarity perspective, sharing all and supporting each other, especially lately with such hard global economy.
Our seats at the restaurant are always 15... No need more people to have fun, we are already many... We share many common interests, like movies, music, sports, food/wine tasting, politics' view traveling, extended meals with so much talking and lots of food and much more...
My father Jorge Gallardo was an artist (member of the National Pinacoteca and with several pieces in private and public collections), passed away in 2001 and my mom Ruth was an artist and the finest sewist ever, she passed away 3 years ago, just 2 years after my husband did and this was a very hard period of our life but after the first grandbaby came, Luca; our lives got back to happiness and hope.
I am open minded, straight forward and almost not filter when speaking. I love silence but I have noise and talking around me always... Generous by choice, I do not expect anything in return. Minimalist with my possessions, I cannot take anything with me so why then, hoarding?
I am smart, well-educated and have a 'thing' for language, it is one of my favorite topics, therefore I respect the way I write in English and do my best to do it correctly but an apology in advance for any mistake!
Love traveling (going to Italy and Ireland in May/2017 and I cannot wait), reading, always seeking to learn something new. I love cooking, my favorite foods are Italian, Arabic and Asian food. I love antique maps and vintage items and I wish I could have real flea markets like there are in Europe or North America so I could go every weekend for hunting treasures. Love history, arts and well, throughout the time you will discover more about me!
The huge family relation I have has nurtured my life and my perspective in the world, it has given me a place on the planet and has taught me the meaning of endless love.
Our favorite quote that rules our family's life as the principle is:
I have hosted many people from around the world from Couchsurfing and many of them became great friends... So always know and be sure you are....
I like almost all types of music but Tropical (salsa, merengue and things like that are a NO for me thought Bachata is not bad). ''Classic'' (Vivaldi is my favorite but also love so many others like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo and more) Also love 80's music and New Age and Philip Glass. Oh, and I love soundtracks by M83, Sigur Rós, Hans Zimmer and the greatest Ennio Morricone, just to mention few :-)... Actually, I have younger children, so I also love a lot of 'their music' and favorite bands. I keep ''current'' ;-)
I grew up without TV, my father was very religious and he thought it was an ''evil instrument', but remember, he was an artist :-)... Learn to read very little and since then, I have been an eager reader... Love many authors and I read about everything, but my favorites are Fernando Pessoa with ''The book of disquiet'', Miguel de Cervantes with 'El Quijote, Victor Hugo with 'Les Miserables'. Milan Kundera is in the top 10. Also love Russian writers, filled my teenage days with Dumas and The three Musketeers and ''Le Comte de Monte-Cristo'' and many other books he wrote. Marguerite Yourcenar with ''Memoirs of Hadrian''. Pablo Neruda, García Lorca, Borges... List is endless :-)
I just love cinema, favorite actors and directors are endless as well, I dedicate every week at least 8 hours to see movies.... Love Nolan and Tarantino, Inception is one of my all times favorite movies and Interstellar made me cry... A really loving movie ... Oh, I also love Fight Club, Léon, Four Lions and more! Love European cinema, Independent movies, documentaries.... Again, endless count...
I do not watch much TV (I guess for the way I grew up), however, love Food shows, Audition shows (dancing and singing) The Sopranos is my most loved series ever and James Gandolfini was 1 of my imaginary boyfriends).... Love Euro-channel and British, Scottish, German and French shows.
I love quilting but I am still a newbie, have more than 5 years learning and doing small and big projects. Love scraps and put them in a random way to see the outcome, love modern and also traditional styles and I am a fabric addict, especially batiks and precuts. All QSQ as I ADORE cotton. Also, fan of all colors in Quilting and keep surfing Etsy to find good deals :-)
I also love fiber arts and mixed media, drawing, scrapbooking, mail art, upcycling, recycling, among many others, are universes I discovered a bit late but are now a big part of me. I have an artistic background so it is in my veins.
See my Instagram for more of my work!
We are atheists but we have profound respect for others. I celebrate important holidays at home and I decorate and you can feel free to share with me any religious items. They will not be wasted, I keep them. We are citizens of the world and will gladly participate in any ceremonies you or anybody will invite us to join. I love icons especially the ones from Easter Europe (byzantine art is wonderful) and my dad's wake with religious art was huge... He painted several important religious pieces (angels, nativities, Apocalypse and more), so I am used to it.
And this is my favorite season
And other stuff I like
All colors, especially red, yellow, orange, blue and gray; Art, African & Asian culture (my DIL is Chinese), antiques, aprons
Calendars, cherry trees blooming, chocolate all types, coffee, cotton fabrics (specially Repros and batiks), creams (hands/body), Cosmos
Chile (spicy, really spicy sauce, dry, etc)
Elephants, Embroidery all types (specially Sashiko, Boro, Khanta), ethereal meaning, ephemera
Handmade things (I love to see people's soul throughout their art)
the Internet, Ice
Mail-art, Matryoshkas/Babushkas, mountains, magic, mystery
Nautical stuff (especially lighthouses)
Ornaments (good quality), Outer space
Perfumes, postcards (not-touristy are better)
Quinoa and other ''rare'' and ethnic ingredients
Silence, snow, spicy food, stars,
Tea all types, thread, tins,
Wine, wild animals (elephants are my favorite but also lions, tigers, bears, eagles, elks, moose, dolphins, whales, sharks, hawks, owls and such. NO PETS),
Pets (but I can take pet related items as I can use them in my swaps -Postcards, ATCs, stickers)
Pets or human hair in my envies
First time doing this in my life, will record probably only trascendent feelings (naaaa)... Maybe not too serious but that is difficult because I am but well, also will talk about my Swap Bot experience when something relevant should be known....
03/22/2017: We had a business meeting today. My DIL and me! Wish us luck ;-)
03/13/2017: Wish and AliExpress applications are killing the Postal Office too. This and the Volcano situation have the services stuck and working horribly but the Communications office has announced a meassure to be implemented next month to relieve in some way, the intense job the local offices are experiencing, by centralizing the delivery of all Wish and AliExpress packages in only certain offices. Hopefully next month we can feel/see some improvement.
03/12/2017: I will be slowing down my swaps for the next 2 months: a) I want to catch up with all my tags before I travel & b) Our trip is in 2 months and I want to save a bit. But I AM STILL HERE :-)
03/09/2017: My beloved Luca is turning 6 years old today, we did a small party last Sunday and he is getting a cake and pizza at the kinder today. He was so happy because we all did cards for him and when he woke up this morning, he had over the bed all the envelopes (in yellow!! his favorite color) and it was a real happy kiddo ''reading'' them! I gave him a magnifier and he is now using it all over the house.
Also, today; my youngest daughter got an especial assignment that implies to travel 75% and she won over 8 men, that is big right?? Especially because it is in the IT Industry (virtualization) :-)
02/25/2017: Feeling upset. Do not understand why you need to chase people to find out if they received the tags/raks/angels we sent. It should be the way around :-/
And non-rating should be a capital fault and reason to ban a person from Swap-Bot!!!!!
02/23/2017: I am about to reach 100 ♥s. I do not want to get into considerations of, whether is good or bad to give them, I only want to celebrate that despite our awful postal situation, I have managed to be rated 105 times with 5 and I have 99 ♥s so far and for so... I will give a treat to the rater #99 @piratecaptainmo , the rater #100 @Juutskie and the rater #101 @bombardiette members. Thank you, everyone,, who has helped me achieving this and have taught me so many important lessons!
02/21/2017: Today is an important day... 29 years ago, I was giving birth to my first child... Montserrat... Since then, I have not found a better reason to feel fullfilled, only surpassed by the joy of having grandchildren from my own ''kiddos''...
02/14/2017: It has been a little bit difficult the last week and today, would have been my mom's birthday #73. We miss her dearly and is always a bitter-sweet feeling to celebrate Saint Valentine's when she is not longer around ... Now, she would want us to be happy so we're doing a 'dead cake' as my late husband said, to celebrate they are alive in our minds and hearts even if they are not in this dimension....
For everyone else....
02/05/2017: This week, our authorities gave us a very sad notice: 2 years more at least of heavy ashes. Also we were informed, they are expecting an eruption that will reach 5 miles up in the sky. The forest rangers that have been looking after the Volcano, were relocated to a safer work station because the Volcano is 'unstable'. It has been with intense internal activity, erupting, doing ''powerful rumbles'', as the pressure inside has increased considerably. Access to the Volcano is closed until further notice, alert keeps raised, public services slower working hours, all will be prioritized and they have been calling the population to help as much as they can to not expose themselves, using masks and avoiding hospitals unless 100% necessary.
This is how it looks everything around :-/
02/01/2017... I do not know but it seems, this year will fly too! Today was First day for Luca at school... He got back very happy, few classmates but that is what he likes about....
Feeling some relief, as I can see slowly my packages are arriving to their destinations but certainly the current PO condition is killing me...
I Am feeling a bit better.... How are you SB world?
01/29/2017: In shock... My dearest friend' son is dead killed in a car accident by an erratic driver (him and his 4 friends while they were doing biking)... I am really sad today!!
Good people never die, they only turn into angels of light ♥
01/27/2017: Friends, I will be away the weekend, celebrating Chinese New Year's with my DIL and her side's family and all of us.... My access to Internet may be affected because we are to the country side but I will be checking from time to time, just give me some time to reply you back. I will resume my SB activities on Monday 30th and note:
All packages that should have been sent are now at the Mailbox and awaiting for the whole sorting process but already began their jurney.
Any rating will be done by then if received any packages while I am away.
01/24/2017: Very ill today, not sure why (yet), got a shot and will see how it goes but resting...Now, really happy that finally it seems my packages are arriving (slowly but steady)... It can be very stressing to see the # of completed swaps versus # of rates :-O
01/19/2017: I have several tags that are still in process to be sent, some are already in transit. Please know, I am preparing these but as they are many, I am getting them done in ''batchs'' lol and some are taking from Etsy or Amazon, only bare with me and do not dismay, you will get the parcel soon :-) if the Volcano Turrialba and the CRPO helps too!
*** Thank you friends for your encouragement.. You know who you are :-) Made me feel much better!! ***
01/18/2017: Very upset.... Wondering if my English is so poor that makes so difficult to understand my words. I am really frustrated at the moment and I am seriously considering to quit public swapping. Finish all I have pending and leave.
01/17/2017: Volcano Turrialba continues in full activity. Some services are delayed but still working, including Postal one.
01/12/2017: Today Postal Service begun restoring functions and I am looking forward for everything to get back to normal... The volcano still is erupting and we are still breathing ashes. I also have packages waiting for being collected but less than yesterday.
01/09/2017 Update: It seems that postal services are back to normal schedules this comming Wednesday, just as FYI for all those who are expecting email from me that is trapped at the post sorting center.
Update 01/07/2017: All Postal services are delayed and placed on hold so all my mail dropped at the mailbox for the past week is going to be shipped until next week and only if all gets better in terms of weather.
Yesterday the eruption was one of the biggest ever, the Central Valley is all fully covered with ashes, the hospitals in the Central area are full of people sick with breathing/respiratory difficulties and in general, the orders are to keep inside the house and close everything, but this is causing us to be dying and melting.
Alert category has changed and we have also been informed about a cold front (which for me is fantastic), so average temperature is expected to drop to 3° which for majority of people can be troubling as they are not used to cold weather but in the other side with this condition, if ashes were flying so far away, now they will go further away and this is something to worry about.
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