Date Joined: May 7, 2017
Last Online: March 6, 2021
Birthday: April 10
Country: United States
I live in a small house in a fairly small touristy Lake Michigan town with my amazing hubby and our sweet rescued shy dachshund mix Oliver (LOVE dogs!) and our new addition, a very sweet and VERY skittish rescued wheaton wirehaired dachshund, Rusty. (PLEASE share if you had a skittish dog and they overcame it--what did you do?!) I work full time at the 100 year-old community hospital. Mom to a son who is an adult now; empty nest works for me! (And during COVID---I'm EXTRA thankful my parenting to a child is over!)
I'm a🐶🐶 dog-lover, animal lover, recycler, energy-conscious, cruelty-free & natural product (no chemicals, no testing on animals) consumer, almost-vegetarian who loves to thrift shop and find a good bargain but despises clutter and has no collections. (Except pens, those don't count as a collection because I USE them, right? :) I tend to enjoy animals more than people. :) I am an introvert (ISFJ) and HSP.
👍God (my #1!)
👍clean/fresh outdoor air
👍sounds of birds singing, nature, trees, flowers
👍learning or thinking of something in a new way
******* PLEASE NOTE*********😖
😣NO FRIENDSHIP BOOKS
😫****PLEASE DO NOT SEND TEA (at least without an extra stamp; postage due or lost in the USPS system has been ongoing)
🤢NO SMOKE SMELL; It causes a reaction🚭 😣NO FALLING GLITTER or GLITTER TRANSFERS)
Hobbies: Pen FRIENDS, paper crafts, walking and enjoying nature, time with my hubby, reading good books (Suspense/psychological thriller is #1), kayaking/swimming in clean pure natural water, home remedies/essential oils, avoiding toxic products of all kinds, supporting companies that are CRUELTY FREE, nature, animals, fresh air, bargain hunting @ thrift stores, garage sales, etc. bird watching/feeding/observing, lists, envelope art, etc.
I love anything that looks like "sparkle" (but doesn't come off on the hands!); sun rays or starburst or firework for crafting; stencils, masks, stamps, papers, etc. (But as much as I LOVE creating the "fireworks" on paper, I do NOT like real fireworks going off---causing animals to fret and sometimes to the point of harming themselves, causing nature to be disturbed, causing pollution in the air, etc)
Things I like to see in the mailbox:💌 long letters from friends who communicate like a CONVERSATION. Replying to what was received, asking questions that would come up in context of a conversation, sharing thoughts/perspectives, etc. (I don't do LISTS of questions, not generic questions, or questions about "favorite" this or that. I love questions in conversation though!) I'm not looking for things, I'm looking for THOUGHTS.
I'm trying my hand at hand lettering (just a beginner so I love examples!) Snoopy/Peanuts is the only "character" or "cartoon" that I like.
I'm not in a swap other than for 💌letters....but if there is room for tuck ins--they're fun too. Letter content is #1 for me by FAR, but some people enjoy exchanging tuck-ins and I'm good with that.
🧡holographic and COLORFUL things
🧡inspirational quotes 🔉
❤💥🔆❇🎇Starburst/sun/snowflake/sparkle/fireworks looking things
My style is not cutesy or perfect, it's messy and mixed media style. I leave my perfectionism at work, there is no place for it in my craft room. 😜
Crafts: I❤ love to make something with paper crafts. 🌈 I keep it simple, it's just my style. Stamps, inks, stencils, texture, etc. I don't make things to keep. I only have room for the supplies I have no room for what I make with them. 😊
I make cards and donate them (DOROT, lovefortheelderly website, FB From the Heart, etc) instead of swapping items; I feel for the elderly in nursing homes or home alone and lonely.
I like to listen to podcasts while I craft....I like Crime Junkies, Marriage is...Funny...The Introvert's Guide To....I like the content and I like their voices....I'm sensitive to certain voices and even if I'm interested in a subject, if I can't stand the voice, I can't listen to the podcast. If you enjoy podcasts that have a deeper voice that isn't obnoxious and doesn't swear a lot, let me know.👍
I like to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some time with my pen-FRIENDS. A letter can be just a letter, or it can be a chat with a friend. I don't want the just a letter in my mailbox, I want to recognize that letter as from a friend and tune into what is going on in their little piece of the world!
Since joining, I have found that most penpal swaps just do not match with my style of pen paling. I have made a few AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL friends from here so I will press on, hopeful to find more, but please know that not every swap will result in an ongoing pen pal friendship🤷♀️. It's nothing personal, just a difference in pen pal style. I'm into QUALITY over QUANTITY. I have wonderful pals that just write twice a year...that's fine, providing it feels like it's from a FRIEND and not just a letter in the box.
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