Date Joined: August 10, 2014
Last Online: January 21, 2018
Birthday: April 5
Country: United States
Happy New Year everyone. My personal theme this year is to be kind; to welcome kindness; to give everyone just one more chance and to accept things that challenge us.
JANUARY 2018 UPDATE (look for *** recent additions):
Sometimes packages go missing and even with insurance, there is no guarantee it will be located. If it is something important, pay extra for signature. If your partner doesn't receive it, please resend. Above all, communicate.
I don't always get to my email, so prefer using the messaging here on Swap-bot. ***If you do use regular email, send me a message here.
I use the rating system as a way to let you know the package came. If you have not been rated, I did not receive your swap. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SWAP-BOT ID & the group even for WTA's. I will rate a 1 if it doesn't come & 3 if it isn't sent on time. (Flakers (1) get removed from the group I facilitate.)
Rating swaps is very important to know that what was sent was received. We are all at different levels and so its not a popularity contest. What is important is to send on time, have fun and do your best.
Also, I try to recycle. So if I cannot use what I receive, I loved the moment when the package was opened, and think it is loving to pass it along if I cannot use it and hope you will too. It is silly to hold onto anything if it is not a correct fit...that goes for people, memories, and things. IMO.
I make up the package or envelope as soon as partners are assigned. However, I only go to the PO once a week. Now that the holidays are near, it gets crowded there, so once a week is enough. The day they mark it sent might be different because of times mail goes out.
I am retired, living in a small mountain valley town in southern California. I garden and & quilt. I consider myself an eco-feminist, so much of what I do in life is environmentally focused. Friends gifted me with lots of fabric, so I shop from my closet first before purchasing more. I use, drink or eat what I grow first from herb gardens and a sq ft garden system for veggies, plus strawberries.
Audiobooks help me multi-task and relax, so I welcome suggestions for new authors or titles. I practice peaceful living and enjoy the healing components that one receives here in Swap-bot.
My 2 grown Sons live in MN with Spouses & their growing Children. I stay in touch as much as possible through the phone, texting, Facetime and the mail service. Of course, I send them lots of things that came from learning here on S-B.
I used to live on a small farm, and raised German Shepherds off leash for search & rescue. Now my partner & I live with a B&W Cat and a Red-Eared Slider Turtle. There is also a small Labyrinth around backyard trees which gets a lot of use.
I am not a member of organized religion, yet am quite spiritual & have a contemplative practice.
I was raised in a Strega family, and in other words, among people with strong opinions & strong voices. I learned about magick through experience not books. It was about being in nature, seeing and feeling the seasons, watching Moon phases, working with herbs, being comfortable with animals and the Elements. It was about paying attention to surroundings and what was in my heart.
I believe in Goddess and know I am not SheWho. That means honoring free will in people and other beings who come to eat or drink in my gardens. I know that everyone is on a path and it is theirs not mine to walk.
I know we are time limited here in this incarnation and are wise to seek out our own lessons or know that anything unfinished means we come back to another life to work them out.
I was raised in an Existentialist environment and find that those values are ones I still practice.It is defined: Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom & choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, trying to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe. It focuses on the question of human existence, & the feeling that there is no purpose or explanation at the core of existence and hence to find meaning in life is by embracing existence.
I grew up believing in magick of the Moon phases, legends of fairies, and folklore of my heritage as well as those told wherever I live. I believe in the Fae, Vampires, Were-beasts and life ever-lasting.
I am an Ordained Dianic Priestess and served my community for over 13 years as a Ritualist, Teacher and Organizer. During that time, I officiated over 36 weddings, numerous hand-fastings, baby blessings, last rites, & priestessing 1st, 2nd & 3rd degrees for women on a committed personal journey. I spoke at countless seminars / conferences, was on TV, Radio and interviewed for Newspapers. I led protests for environmental issues, and was actually a notable for the Police (meaning if something went wrong in the Pagan community, they followed up with me). My life was threatened. I was intimidated. And yet, the community grew to over 600. I published a pagan paper for public readership. The fun part of it all was the rituals. I miss those most of all in my retirement. I miss seeing the transformation that took place, the drumming, singing and the faces of women as they discovered their personal power and joy for being alive.
I host swaps for A LITTLE WITCHY and some of them are like experiencing advanced work. I am loving to share what I know about Spirituality, and hope to do so for as long as I can.
I like B&W Tuxedo Cats. I prefer the long-hair male. Their personality is fierce, funny and loyal
I enjoy feeding Birds & have 2 water sources outside for them. ***Because of wildfires in the mountains, a lot of wild animals are coming down to the valley for water and food. They only get water in my gardens
I love 100% cotton that is for quilting, not crafts (there is a big difference) Over the years, I have been given estate fabrics through friends. Some that were not 100% cotton, were passed along
Bergamot in Earl Gray Tea
I like the herbs grown in my garden (mint, lavender, yarrow, rue, dill, basil, bee balm, sage, rosemary, artemesia, cilantro, lemon verbena)
Fresh Ground Dark coffee first thing in the morning
Action and sci fi movies
MY FAVORITE HIGH HOLY DAY IS HALLOWS, so I welcome anything associated with it
There are fairy houses and villages outside under trees and vines; and inside by my North door entrance for protection.
I prefer sugar rather than any substitutes in what I eat. A lot of sugar substitutes turn to alcohol in my stomach because I experience delayed emptying of up to 6 hours. Yah, I know. Bummer.
Pushy people who try to convert me to their political or religious beliefs
I don't wear jewelry of any kind any more. While I don't dislike it, I just cannot use it.
I no longer burn anything indoors nor outside, except for candles. If you send something other than candles (to burn), I will pass it along in another swap
With delayed emptying of my stomach (gastroparesis) from 4-6 hours, I cannot eat nuts, seeds, or fresh fruit and veggies.
***Light prints on white, white tone on tone, off-white or light beige 100% quilting cotton, any cuts or sizes
Good hand or foot creams ***(especially scented with Patchouli, however, sometimes good creams are good without scents)
Affirmations ***(aging issues suck)
Dark Chocolate with sugar and not artificial sweeteners, nor stevia, etc. I love Hersheys with Almonds and Butterfingers.
House sox with grippers
Patchouli soaps ***(I know. I do love it)
Children's Books from other Countries
Baseball-style hats with unique text or graphics
Cardinals on anything. I really miss seeing them as they do not fly West of the Rockies.
Return Address labels using only Bellezza as the name. (many thanks)
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