Date Joined: May 7, 2017
Last Online: December 1, 2018
Country: United States
Live in a smallish coastal (Lake Michigan) touristy town with my amazing hubby and our sweet rescued dachshund mix Oliver (LOVE dogs!). Mom to a son who is an adult now.
I'm a dog-lover, animal lover, recycler/upcycler, energy-conscious, almost-vegetarian who loves to thrift shop and find a good bargain but despises clutter and 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.
Things I like to see in the mailbox: preferrably long letters from friends who communicate like a conversation; asking questions (not just a blast of information going in the mail that anyone could receive and not know if it was actually to them, or to someone else; IOW--I want to see that it's to ME specifically) and sharing life in a two-way friendship, (I don't care mind if you type--in fact, I secretly kind of prefer it! I love seeing handwriting but I love longer letters that I can easily read even more!). I love dragonflies, peace signs, retro flowers and retro stuff, daisies and flowers in general (except victorian) brightly colored things, the more color the better but bright colors, rainbow/multi colored things, favorite color is pink & purple, fonts that look like nice handwriting, hand lettering (just a beginner so I love examples!) Snoopy/Peanuts is the only "character" or "cartoon" that I like (I don't like any other cartoonish things; please do not send me cartoony things!). I LOVE holographic & iridescent stuff...sparkle without glitter falling off is the next best thing but HOLOGRAPHIC is divine!
I love washi! (Except food & Kawaii or anything that looks like the strange little cartoons) I don't really use stickers unless I'm reusing them. (Yep, if I get something with stickers on it, I will try to recycle them!). I don't buy new stickers. If you're looking for pals to send you stickers, I'd only be passing on what someone sent to me.
Also love: God (my #1!) Christian music (contemporary), 80's music, clean air, quiet time, coffee, sounds of birds singing, sparkle (but not glitter that falls off of things!), holographic stuff, did I mention? I love holographic most of all.
I love to find new ways to use things that are otherwise "done" with use. Example: You can make an old calendar page/picture into an envelope!! If you have really really personal stuff written on the other side.... there is always some washi tape or a sharpie to cover that!
Did I mention that I LOVE WASHI TAPE?!
******* PLEASE NOTE********* NO SMOKE***** I cannot tolerate the smell of cigarette smoke (or ANY other kind of smoke), it gives me migraines. Please do not send me anything from a house that has had a smoker. Please do not send things with glitter if it's coming off. (I use spray glue to make it stay or use glitter glue, that sticks pretty well)
Hobbies: Lovin' on dogs!! (mine or anyone else's!) Smashbooking! walking and enjoying nature, riding our can-am Spyder to new places, reading good books (who done it's, self-help, etc), 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, board games that cause laughter among friends, bird watching/feeding/observing, list making, bujo, doodling, envelope decor, clay pens, bookmarks with beads (occasionally I get the bead bug), (that was bead bug, not bed bug!) I changed over to natural and 100% cruelty free products...They are no longer so expensive or hard to find!
I like quiet and I like clean and simple!
Most loved "things": washi, dogs, dragonflies, and holographic stuff! :)
I do not enjoy: Talking on the phone (or talking a lot verbally!), big groups of people in one place at the same time, small talk (I'm an introvert; Susan Cain describes it very well in her book and TED talk!), negativity, seafood, cooking, meat, smoking, stenches of any kind really; highly sensitive to smells (to the point of vomiting and migraine) snakes & spiders, romance novels , gossip, haters
Related to swaps: not into post cards, kawaii (is that what it is called?) whimsical, cartoons, vintage looking, rough looking, goth, victorian, and I don't like anything that is food related, (so although I love washi, I don't like washi tape with donuts as the theme) and although glitter pens are pretty for embellishing, a whole paragraph or letter is too much, it gets all over. I love sparkle and glitter if it stays PUT. If it smears on the paper, or falls off the paper, please don't send to me.
I see people making "wish lists" and such. Let me just say.....I'm more interested in the letter content. I enjoy a swap, but it's not my #1; I'd prefer a good letter over a swap of any kind! I make cards and donate them (DOROT, lovefortheelderly website and cards for hospitalized kids as well as letters to Moreloveletters.com posts) so I have stuff to swap but it will never be socks or nail polish or anything that won't fit in a flat first class flat.
Mary Kubica (The Good Girl, etc) James Patterson with David Ellis is another (The Murder House, etc). Otherwise, I really like Liane Moriarty, Harlan Coben (not the series ones, but his others), Jodi Picoult (she's getting to be hit or miss now though), Richard North Patterson (been a while but I loved many!), Gillian Flynn, etc. etc. I love to be right on the edge of my seat!
I very rarely watch a movie and can't even think of one...I'll watch it and I'll forget it. I won't remember who was in it, what was said much less who said it, whether it won any awards, etc. Totally the opposite of a movie buff! (To the point that I was given 2 free passes as a gift and they expired in my wallet!)
Needless to say, not a movie person.
I love Investigation Discovery but it's not something I want to discuss as it's usually very disturbing content and not something to talk about. However, I do love shows like Shark Tank and The Voice (Adam is the fave!), This is Us, Shades of Blue, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Justice, SVU, ummm....can't think of what else. We ditched cable and just have Hulu....but we'd never go back to cable! I'm up for recommendations for Hulu shows. Just watched The Handmaid and found it too strange for my/our taste. Shows I watch have to be pretty realistic.
Crafts: I love to sit in the quiet and make something with paper crafts. I do a little beading on occasion, a little clay on occasion, but generally, my "go to" craft is paper crafts. I don't like anything raised from the paper. I don't go all out and do the cut things, foiling, etc. I keep it simple, it's just my style.
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