Swap-bot Time: April 24, 2024 5:25 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: April 23, 2024

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. ;)

Drawing I started a daily drawing project at the end of 2019, and I'm still at it now in 2021! For the most part, I sketch birds or animals in pencil on ATC sized paper. I'm not sure I'm getting any better, but I'm proud of my collection!

∞ Rarely: 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


2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

2021 It's taken a while to figure out who this year's critter is, but the Raccoons have definitely made an appearance in my l life!! 🦝🦝 It has been years since I've seen raccoons down at the little creek. But now we have a family of 4 kids (or 5?) who hang out near their den about 1/2 mile away. and there's a pair with one partner missing a tail (??!) And then there's just random sightings, not sure who they are, except they make me happy! :)

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 and Notecards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art. 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 and cards!

∞ 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, Raccoons, 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!
  • 2021 addition... Murderbot!!!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I ♥ 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!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

∞ 1000 Swaps!

1000 Swaps completed on 30 January 2024 with an email swap for bird photos! How appropriate!

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 1000!!

∞ 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.


UKrebel85 rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #7 on Apr 24, 2024
Comment: I am so happy for you that you made some progress, you sounded really happy too :)
STUFFellaneous rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #389 on Apr 19, 2024
Comment: Hello Rift! It has been awhile! I enjoyed reading about your weekend and your bird photos are so pretty; especially that little chickadees! Have a great spring and I hope your bok choy survives!!! PS I really love this swap series!!! Thanks for keeping it going!!!
Comment: what a stunning picture on that note card. thank you
lob rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #6 on Apr 1, 2024
Comment: I think 70 postcards in 2 weeks is very impressive Thanks for sharing and goodluck with your future chores.
Mlhadder rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #383 on Apr 1, 2024
knittymarie rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #385 on Mar 29, 2024
Comment: Hey! Thanks for the lovely letter and postcards! It's lovely to hear from you again. Sounds like you had a great weekend. I think the last time we exchanged letters it was cherry blossom season, too! I can't believe yours have been and gone. Ours is just starting.
Cindymt rated for What mail did you get this week #3 on Mar 22, 2024
Comment: That's a lot of mail! Thanks for sharing!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #384 on Mar 17, 2024
Comment: Ha ha I can just imagine what those people were thinking of when they came across you literally talking to the turkeys! I love your appreciation project too!!
QuinGem rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #5 on Mar 16, 2024
Comment: I think we both need to play 'catch-up' on the next round! But, I think you got a bit more done this time than I did! We'll do better on round 6!
mchesser12 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #382 on Mar 13, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the note and pictures. I do not know much about photography, so I'm sure my photos could use some adjustments. The golden crown sparrow is a pudgy little thing... so cute!
lob rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #4 on Mar 11, 2024
Comment: At least you got stuff done with the reading journal. Good luck with your upcoming spring cleaning. Thanks for sharing!
Lexa1985 rated for Envelopes and Washi swap INTL #2 on Feb 24, 2024
Comment: Dear Rift, thank you very much for the great envies! Loved them both! Have a great day! Best wishes - Alexandra :)
funstuff rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #381 on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful weekend note card. I love that you made it yourself. And the extra pics with added information. I love the stamp too. I've not seen it before. Your photos beautiful.
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #380 on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: I was so excited to read your beautiful note! I just love this of the sunflowers and the squirrel! Beautiful! Thanks for the lovely note and oh this photos I will cherish as well! They will go into my keepsake book! I am loving these swaps again! I just get nervous I will forget to send! Look forward to maybe getting a swap again from you!
Honeybee203 rated for Envelopes and Washi swap INTL #2 on Feb 20, 2024
Comment: Ty beautiful envies and washi
spinweaver rated for SPCP: Birds on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Lovely photos!!! Thank you, I'd love to see more
kiyasu rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #3 on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: Thanks for sharing your update! Still sounds like a lot got done. I will also eventually get to my writing projects...
heliogal rated for Flower Power 2024 #1 International on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: Wow!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous handmade photography card with me!! I loved seeing that amazing metallic bee like a jewel, right?! The chicory is lovely too, we don't really have here much. I always remember this line from a book after a storm at night-" The morning dawned, blue as chicory."
MelissaLB rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #379 on Feb 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fun letter. I love the bird pictures and notes. You are the second person to recommend Good Omens so I may give it a try. Interesting that it stays true to the book.
Tr3n1ty rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #378 on Feb 5, 2024
Comment: Thank you :)

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MamaKek on Dec 18, 2023:

You are just the absolute sweetest ☺️ Thank you so much for my surprise postcard in the mail today. I hope you have an amazing holiday season. ❤️ Beth

Fullsteampowell on Aug 16, 2023:

Thankee for the bonus Postcard Roulette card! It was a nice surprise.

ensigncelery on Aug 11, 2023:

This squirrel postcard you sent is SO cute! I don't think I've ever gotten close enough to a squirrel to appreciate how pretty their coloration can be. The Eastern Fox Squirrel you chose is really beautiful. What a lovely red tummy! 💜 Thank you for choosing me as a surprise partner for the postcard roulette!

veronicallama on Aug 3, 2023:

Thanks so much, rift, for the beautiful photo postcard (wooden bridge amidst leafiness). So kind of you!

Aleesha on Aug 3, 2023:

Thank you for the surprise bonus pc from the July PC Roulette swap! Is that your own dragonfly photo? It’s an awesome photo.

Leekoba on Jul 30, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely postcard for the PC Roulette July 2023! The kitty is so pretty!

explore on May 5, 2023:

Rift, thank you for the surprise postcard! I still send RAKs on swap-bot, just no more swaps or ratings. I have joined many handmade card swaps on FB which is a lot of fun. I am making stickers too for the new groups 😉

explore on Apr 15, 2023:

Rift, thank you for taking the time to send me a thank you postcard - first one I have received so far 😉. Have a wonderful April!

nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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