Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 12:22 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: January 28, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

  • Wed 25 Jan 2023...

Still dealing with some computer issues, and my online time continues to be a bit random. I hope to catch up with ratings before the weekend, I know I've got a couple more to do! Apologies for not being timely!!

  • Saturday 14 Jan 2023...

a bit of chaos here today. My tablet died, and my backup computer isn't working either. I don't have a smart phone, so I'm almost down for the count!

This should not affect swapping too much, tho my outgoing swaps are going to be on the basic side and ratings will be a day or more after I rcv. Apologies for that!

I was doing proper backups, tho, and that's definitely the bright spot here! I lost a couple hours of work on a few random files, but that's it! All of my photos are good, and setting up a new computer will be pretty straightforward!!

  • Friday 20 January 2023, The fun continues...

It turns out the motherboard on the backup computer is fried, which is a bummer because that's not an easy fix. I've ordered another computer, but it won't arrive until next week.

So my online time will continue to be hit or miss, so sorry if I don't respond right away!

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 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!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

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.


mermaidery rated for Email Accountability Swap #1 on Jan 28, 2023
Comment: Some is better than none! Thanks for sharing
Tobysgirl rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #327 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: Dear Rift - thank you so much for the card! I love the turtle on the front - my spirit reptile <3 I'm sorry your weekend was so stressful but was glad to see you were able to get out and enjoy the world. Good luck with your motherboard replacement and try to shut the computer off more often. Smiles!
rebeldaisy rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #326 on Jan 16, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the fantastic letter and your beautiful card. I had to look up the book and the send something site immediately. I love the pictures you sent too. I had to double check that you were in the US when you wrote about collecting vegetables in the garden! You definitely have a different climate than where I am! I also get caught up books and cannot do anything until I have finished reading.
Comment: Fabulous!
NJack19 rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: Happy Nothing Day!!
Lealie rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #325 on Dec 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sharing your weekend with me! You were the first one who gave me a chance to join a swap on swap-bot. I had only been dropped from swaps - even though I met the stated requirements - and I was ready to give up on swap-bot. Then you assigned partners a few months ago and I stayed. Thank you for that! The birds are so lovely. I wish I lived a little closer to mountains so I could take hikes every weekend, too. Happy new year!
Comment: Thanks for resend. Love the redo!!! Looks so real. Awesome job!
Chechel2 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #303 on Dec 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the resend! Love the pictures! Merry Christmas πŸŽπŸŽ„
hellojett rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #324 on Dec 21, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the nice notecard and pictures. It’s really nice to see some birds from across the pond. Sorry to hear about your little pinny gig! I’m sure you’ll find the right words in a moment of peace. ❀️
krspellman rated for E-mail accountability swap #23 on Dec 17, 2022
Comment: Wow great job getting lots done! :-)
Idril rated for E-mail accountability swap #23 on Dec 16, 2022
Comment: You knocked it out of the park! Sounds like you even got some extra done. Kudos to you! Hope you had a safe trip!
hellojett rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #323 on Dec 6, 2022
Comment: Nice to finally "meet" you after being in this swap a few times now. It's so nice to hear that you have a garden plot, how lucky. I love the bird photos, and the beautiful notecard made by you! I'm in a couple of photo swaps and I'm excited because I've also been a bit of a stay at home - body lately. It's cold out! Thanks again!
marclively rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #320 on Dec 4, 2022
Comment: thanks!
Comment: Thank you! Love getting new book title for my TBR list that is ever growing. DarkMatter was hard for me also, totally skipped it.
Comment: What an amazing card you sent, beautiful enough to put in a frame and display. Thank you.
NRGordon rated for book im reading pc 28 international on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: I received the PC. Thanks for the swap. Cherry tomatoes are all I try to grow now, having failed at everything else. I grow them in big pots on the deck. I'm afraid I'm still limited to reading books I have read in the past.
Maddashin rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #322 on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Delightful
Mystic01 rated for book im reading pc 28 international on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #321 on Nov 20, 2022
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I love to garden. I loved the pictures. I will use them in my journal.
hazelwitch3 rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #21 on Nov 18, 2022
Comment: I was so sorry to hear about Dawn's death. Losing a pet is always hard. Well done for accomplishing as much as you did given the circumstances. Take care.

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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. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

MarHelene on Jan 7, 2022:

Thank you fro being my angel for the TGIF Nc #265. I LOVE the pictures, especially the hawk!

concxrde on Oct 17, 2021:

Thank you SO much for angeling TGIF #258! I absolutely adored the photos you sent (especially the raccoon graffiti, so cool!), it seems like you managed to have a gorgeous weekend in nature. Receiving your note really made my day :)

katjalves on Aug 18, 2021:

Thank you for the extra card! Things have been so crazy. But love reading about your bird adventures. Hoping to write back soon.

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€—

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