Swap-bot Time: October 20, 2020 6:26 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: October 20, 2020

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including a wide variety of bugs! Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008. It's mostly defunct, but it got me started! Now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Rarely: Drawing, Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2020 Last year was my Year of the Lady Bug... and this year, seems to be the Year of the Roly-Poly! (also called Pill Bugs!) When they sense danger, they roll up into a sphere... if only humans could do that. Instead we are stuck with masks and social distancing!

∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art postcards. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books, both dead-tree books and Kindle books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. The words I live by: I can't die until I've read all my books! ;)

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men This is such an important and informative book, I think Everyone should read it! And fortunately there's an easy solution to all the problems listed... more women in leadership positions, and more men Listening to women!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

I completed my 500th swap on 28 april 2019, when I sent my TGIF notecard 143! I've got 695 "fives" and 588 "hearts" and I've hosted 112 swaps. Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


katjalves rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #213 on Oct 3, 2020
Comment: I loved your bird pictures. Ducks are my favorite animal. My husband and I actually met at U of O. So it was fun getting a letter so close to home. I love your birding adventures. Sounds like some of the dirt could use some love to turn it into soil again. Thank you again! -Kat
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #212 on Sep 28, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the lovely note and pics. Always good to hear from you.
MKayla rated for Creepy Crawly - Photo and a Note #1 on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: I love the pictures of the vultures! So cool! We have quite a few of them around here as well and I always love seeing them!
Comment: I love the graphics and everything you did on that! Thanks for joining my swap!
SoberMermaid3 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #211 on Sep 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much! It finally rained here. We mostly have smoke but no close fires now. BTW my Dad was born in Cottage Grove. My Mom was the β€œsquirrel lady” so that photo reminded me of her ❀️. You take great photos! Love the sound of rivers and water. The one of the blue bird on the sunflower OMG ❀️❀️ I hope the fires go away!!! Thank you so much you made my week 😍
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #210 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: Hi Rift! Always a pleasure to have you as a partner! I hope your partner is feeling better-an hour in the hospital is like six normal hours!! Hopefully your knee is better as well! Love the notecard, photos and share! What kind of camera/lenses do you use? If I’ve asked before, please forgive as I’m old and have CRS!! Wishing you all the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping πŸ˜‰
Klymntine rated for Kindle Quotes #4 on Sep 9, 2020
Comment: Rift, I love this oversized postcard, how cool! I'm adding this book to my list, I think my students might really enjoy it.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and envi.
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #209 on Sep 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks for you lovely card and pics. Always great to hear from you and get news of your garden. Go beets!
bstrong rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #206 on Sep 2, 2020
Comment: I hope your leg is totally healed and your back to your normal routine. I don't know how gardens did around here, my flower garden didn't do so well because all it did was rain and no heat to get things going. Think people who had potatoes probably found them rotten or with white spots all over them. It would have been nice to have some warmer weather. I haven't even seen humming birds here this year so I enjoyed seeing your picture and we don't have turkeys. My roses didn't grow either, bad year for gardners.Thank you very much for everything and you will be seeing me again in this swap. Take care and be safe.
MarHelene rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #207 on Aug 31, 2020
Comment: I love the card and the pictures. They brightend my day.
Atziouth rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #208 on Aug 27, 2020
Comment: I LOVE the card and photos. You must be very patient to get such good shots. My brother loves nature photography as well. I don't have a good enough camera to take the greatest shots and tend to like macro photos of flowers, bugs and other little critters
Comment: Received! This was very creatively designed!
MsBellaDonna rated for Interest me no. 83 on Aug 16, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing your current read with me! I am not familiar with Ann Leckie or her books so it's great to learn about a new author. Stay safe and be well!
bambam rated for CALG: postcards on Aug 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you
Stephanie1023 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #205 on Aug 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful card and photos! It was very interesting to read!
Fullsteampowell rated for PC Roulette July 2020 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: My mom is an amateur wildlife photographer. This gave her a smile!
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #203 on Jul 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful notecard, pictures and envelope. You really brightened my day! Your weekend sounds wonderfully peaceful. You take beautiful pictures and I'm happy that you shared them with me. Thank you!
fbresnah rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #202 on Jul 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful note card I absolutely love the pictures you’re a great photographer!!
samsstuff rated for First & Last Lines no. 23 on Jul 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you! It sounds like an amazing book!

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VAgardengirlgirl on Oct 6, 2020:

Re:creepy Crawlies As a gardener, I see interesting creatures on a regular basis. I’m happy to be able to share! Thanks for the swap!

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2020:

Thanks so much for angeling TGIF #196 when my partner flaked on me. I loved the bluebird of happiness card, lovely pics and description of your hike and garden. Be well friend!

ayahsantos on Aug 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra postcard from PC Roulette July 2020! Take Care always!!

KaliOya on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the extra postcard you sent me for the PC Roulette July 2020. So impressed that you took this photo yourself! Catching such fast flyers is not easy task. I recently got a fairly good shot of a dragonfly. But not as spectacular as this shot of yours! Big fan of bees...and their honey:) We need them so much. Yellow Jackets too...they are perfectly created.

stephiedee on Aug 1, 2020:

I'm happy you really enjoyed the ATC RAK. Thank you for the special postcard - it did brighten my day...and I think it's a keeper for my 'favorite things' gluebook. πŸ€—

KarenFife on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for the surprise mail for Postcard Roulette! I absolutely love the bench photo made into a postcard. I MUST learn to do that! Any tips would be forever appreciated! Thanks for sharing your lovely workπŸ“· with me.😍

myancey on Jul 27, 2020:

Thanks for the unassigned pic roulette chunk. I really appreciate it and I love the pc u cHose to send have a good day. And no have never read that book

MisplacedfromPA on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the bluebird post card for an unassigned partner in the July PC Roulette. One of our past times is watching the backyard birds. Happy to see you can enjoy some new "neighbors" too.

michlove on Jul 23, 2020:

 Thanks so much for angeling on TGIF #193. I adore the photos as well as the card and envelope. Oh, and the stamp. Your mail was very lovely and well put together. The description of your hike was great. This time of year, I have goldfinches in my sunflowers and the occasional house finch.

Candace on Jul 4, 2020:

Thank you so much for angeling TGIF Notecard #193! The roses are gorgeous!

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