Swap-bot Time: February 23, 2019 6:45 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: February 21, 2019

Country: United States
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About Me

Currently Sat 9 Feb 2019

Not back to normal, but starting to be able to do normal-ish things again! Today I was able to take a short and gentle walk at my favorite park. It does my soul good to be in nature again. And I'm finally heading back to work on monday.

Currently Sat 2 Feb 2019

Finally got some significant improvement and healing... I am able to get around the house now! The new walking boot is a bit awkward, but I'm happy to be semi-mobile again.

Currently Sat 26 Jan 2019

I was in a car accident on tues 22 Jan. I've got a broken foot and severe pain from bruised sternum and ribs. I'm having to double up on the pain meds. Despite all that, I am aware that it could have been so much worse, and I'm glad I don't have to deal with more.

I am mostly keeping my spirits up! And all of my bills will be taken care of, so I don't have to worry about that!

At this moment in time, I should be able to fulfill all my swaps and hosting duties.

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.

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 bugs and pets. 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... and 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


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 very interested in Ocean themes and Astronomy, Star Gazing, and Outer Space themes.

Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! 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! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. There is also a big place in my heart for ebooks, I love my Kindle!

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.

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.

∞ 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.


lemooon rated for INTL PC #3 - Sender's Choice on Feb 23, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for lovely squirrel PC! I love fluffy tail! Btw, this postcard is your handmade!? Amazing! Thank you again! Happy swapping!
EDC83 rated for Bird themed postcard swap on Feb 18, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the postcard.
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #132 on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Yikes! Glad you are feeling better and was able to get out of the house.
Eclectonote rated for INTL PC #2 - Sender's Choice on Feb 16, 2019
Comment: Great photo - I love yellow roses and the postcard is a perfect counterpoint to his grey rainy morning. Thanks!
earthnk rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #131 on Feb 15, 2019
Comment: Rift, I’m sorry to read of your unfortunate accident but glad you are on the mend. Take it easy and allow the healing in. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
MelbourneGirl rated for INTL PC #1 - Sender's Choice on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for beautiful postcard! It made us smile ... we all need to turn around more often to see what we are missing! :) :) Cheers, have a great day! ❤️
9O96O rated for Interest Me No. 66 on Feb 14, 2019
Comment: This was my first venture into something other than a postcard. Based on this swap with you, I'm eager to try some more these. I've heard about the Naomi Klein book but haven't read it. I am old enough to remember Jimmy Carter's speech and his downfall shortly after, and the subsequent opposite, pro-consumerism, get-out-and-shop speech after the 9-11 attacks. Thanks so much for your comments. I agree with them. I also really liked the sunny band you put around the letter, nice touch. It evokes a sense of optimism and hope.
kelikala rated for First & Last Lines No. 9 on Feb 7, 2019
Comment: This Changes Everything sounds like a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing and for providing a little insight into the subject matter as well!
jessnewson98 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #128 on Feb 5, 2019
Comment: Hey! Thank you ever so much for the beautiful envelope, the stunning notecard, and for all the little photos and tales of your adventures! It sounds like you had a very busy/productive weekend! Thank you so much for hosting these swaps, I love them! Hope we can swap again sometime soon!!! Have an extraordinary week ^_^
Journeyoften rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #130 on Feb 2, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the "note" in the mail! :) I hope that you are healing and hopefully feeling better! You had one heck of a week! Get better soon friend!
LizH rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #129 on Dec 28, 2018
Comment: I got your notecard today and the photo is so cute...
midteacher rated for Take a Walk Series - November on Dec 5, 2018
Comment: I love your photography but I always look forward to your storytelling, what goes on behind the scene. I feel as though I am walking along with you as you are snapping your photos! And I love how you use your photos as stationary. Amazing!
lawchick rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #127 on Nov 25, 2018
Comment: Hi there! This is one of the best mailings I have received in a long time. The photos only added joy..so many awesome little critters in your part of the world. Take care!
Fabriqueen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #126 on Nov 24, 2018
Comment: Wow! Your pictures are awesome! I am hoping to get a new camera for Christmas (I showed hubby the ad :) ) and I want to practice enough stillness to get great pictures like these. My uncle once layed on a branch in a tree for over 3 hours just to get a picture of a bird that was visiting their back yard. LOL! He succeeded. They had a beautiful 16X20 hanging in their house of that bird. Hugs. Diane
jayneblonde002 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #121 on Nov 19, 2018
Comment: Your card and photos just arrived. I am absolutely blown away. They are FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for taking the time to send such a wonderful package to me.
Traceyk rated for interest me no. 63 on Nov 11, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the book page and letter! It looks very interesting! Happy reading.....
AuTiger rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #125 on Nov 10, 2018
Comment: Oh my gosh I love reading your note! I am a retired Children ‘s Librarian so yes I have read the Phantom Tollbooth-there is a reason it won the Newberry award! And that pink flower is a Camilla-I have one blooming in my front yard now! Mine is called a double pink. I love your state! I had the privilege of hiking it as a college student working for the National Park Service out there. Thank you so much for happy mail!
midteacher rated for Take a Walk Series - October on Nov 7, 2018
Comment: Where is the 5 💖 button? You so deserve them! The owl captured my heart even with all that attitude. You put together an amazing swap, so many great photos. Thank you so much for all the time you took to put this together to share your walks.
knitterofhats rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #124 on Nov 2, 2018
Comment: Love all the pics you sent!
bluecrayons rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #119 on Oct 29, 2018

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HappyMom on Jan 27, 2019:


I am so sorry to hear about your car accident Rift... Sending love and prayers for a speedy recovery.

HappyMom on Jan 19, 2019:

Hello Rift! Just dropping by to say HI ... Looking forward to TGIF swaps coming back! Hope you had a great holiday and that 2019 is off to a great start!


Traceyk on Nov 1, 2018:

What a coincidence! I joined the postcard exchange this month on GR and realized you're the same person that I've swapped with before on SB! Wonderful! :)

USAFwife on Aug 4, 2018:

Thank you so much for your surprise post card. :) The butterfly is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your photography with me. :) ~Cindi

Stargazer008 on Jul 18, 2018:

How cool is that!!!! I won in the postcard roulette! Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my letter box! I really enjoyed your little story! And now have a lovely evening.

Fullsteampowell on Jul 18, 2018:

Thank you for the unassigned Postcard Roulette card! That squirrel is adorable.

katmandu on Jul 17, 2018:

Postcard Roulette Comeback (July 2018)

Hi Rift- I received the "unassigned" PC and love the pic on the front and the story on the back! Here's a cute baby fox for your profile!! ❤❤❤


Thank you-


myancey on Jul 13, 2018:

Thank u for the beautiful owl postcard for unassigned roulette! love it! but so sad how wildlife gets treated :( thanks have a good wknd!

LisaWithAKiss on Jun 11, 2018:

Thank you for angeling that notecard swap Force me! I loved reading your letter and wanted to thank you for those pretty pictures too. Ducklings are so cute! Thanks again!

Traceyk on Jun 8, 2018:

Thank you for the postcard! I loved it!!!! :)

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