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veronicallama

veronicallama
Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: October 23, 2019

Country: United States
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I'm Rhonda! I live in Oakland, California with my partner. I teach elementary school. Born in the mid 60's, I've been a member of the 50+ club for a couple of years now. Being on Swap-bot here with you makes me happy! I'm ready for some innocent fun!

IF you'd like some notecard envelopes (JUST envelopes, no notecards), please message me and I'll send 12 or 15 your way. A friend shared an estate sale find with me, but now I have way too many! US swappers only, due to postage.

My interests are varied. I like cooking, hiking, reading, cities (London has a special place in my heart), trees, dogs, and llamas. I've always been interested in politics and remain optimistic that democracy has a chance of working for the benefit of all.

Living in Oakland, I take advantage of being just a bridge away from the museums in San Francisco. I visit art museums frequently and like having the time to take in beauty and strangeness. I tend to enjoy more contemporary works than classic, but that's not a hard and fast.

I like cute stuff...slightly gothic stuff (think Edward Gorey)... I'm into Adventure Time and Bob's Burgers and Regular Show (cartoon watcher for life!)... I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds. I've loved dogs my whole life.

Colors that speak to me are candy brights of ALL shades; all pinks, from baby soft pastels to loud fuchsias -- Wait. Who am I kidding? I can't list all the colors I like! More is better, that much I can say!

When I was growing up, I'd spend all my money on records and concert tickets. I'm a rocknroll girl. These days, I listen to powerpop from the 70s-90s, roots rock and Americana, and singer/songwriter stuff. I love seeing local acts, like Chuck Prophet, Bart Davenport, and Crying Time.

I was very lucky to have seen Prince twice - once in 2011, and then again, just 3 months before he passed. Prince's music added so much excitement to my life, being a teenager in the '80s. I still find it so sad that his life ended as it did, far too soon. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

I was a literature major and the books I like most have interesting language, as well as an engaging story. I am a word nerd, for sure! I love that a Richard Ford novel is guaranteed to have words new to me on nearly every page. Junot Diaz and Philip Roth are also favorite authors of mine; their sentence and story constructions make me swoon.

Being a word nerd makes it easy for me to love poetry: in a good poem, every word is essential and leads to a perfect moment of "aha." Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Berry have all given me those moments for which I'm grateful.

Book last finished: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce ::: Currently reading: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki + Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr + The Dispossessed by Ursula K LeGuin

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Postcrossing is what lead me to Swap-bot. Hooray! I started collecting postcards during college and would spend a lot of time arranging them just-so, putting them up on my bedroom walls. It's fun returning to a hobby I began as a much younger me.

Junk journals, zines, and pocket letters are all part of the paper-based fun brought into my life by Swap-bot. These new creative outlets bring a little nervousness with them - ME? I'm sending swaps of this sort out into the world? - because I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and building confidence from there.

FAVORITE POSTCARD IMAGES include:

dogs! - paintings - silly/weird/absurd stuff - animals - black&whitephotography

FUN STUFF to make my MAIL HAPPY= washi tape::tea bags::blank postcards:: stickers::surprises !!!

Send to someone else: jasmine or chai tea & touristy postcards. Thank you :)

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Comment: Thanks so much fr the fab assortment- it's funny because half is what I sent! Those planets are one my favorites, and I was actually three shoes short from a project I was working on-it's like you read my mind!
Response: Yay!
sarahdaydreams rated for Broken Sticker Sheets #3 on Oct 16, 2019
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Comment: Hi Rhonda, thanks so much for the stickers! I have already put many to good use. :) Happy swapping!
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Comment: Hi Rhonda -- thanks for the stamps. The deermouse is so cute,a nd I really like the highway beautification one. Next month is the odd stamp-collector show I go to -- I stock up on cheap vintage postage there. Always love to see which "new" old stamps are available.
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Comment: Hi there, thanks for the stamps; you scored with the California stamp. Great envelopes, too, the OMG for the stamps and the decorated envie as well. Nice mail art!
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Comment: I am so sorry for the late rating. I loved the card as did my kiddos. Thank you!!!
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Comment: Thank you for everything & the stamps <3
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Comment: Thank you for sharing the amazing stamps with me!!
wittmert rated for Creatures Great and Small #14 on Oct 3, 2019
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Comment: Love the animal postage, too!
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter! I looked up the Beths... i've never heard of power pop before. But I like what I heard!
squince rated for NYUP More Than One Stamp PC #4 USA on Oct 1, 2019
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Comment: I love hedgehogs! My fantasty pet?? A llama!
Stickerz78 rated for NYUP Vintage PC #4 on Sep 28, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card!!
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Comment: Tortoises are wonderful, right? Great card, stamps, and stickers! The stickers are awesome! Thanks!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the card! Your pet, Nala looks adorable! :)
Tuutis rated for Dog PC Swap on Sep 16, 2019
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Comment: Thank you from the cute terrier card, lovely message and cute decorations. The Scooby Doo stamps is so pretty!
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Comment: Thank you for the intersting cards + extra. Marina
pernie123 rated for SMSUSA: Tell Me About . . . #4 on Sep 13, 2019
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Comment: I enjoyed your "chit-chat" swap-bot style. Thank you.
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful stamps, post cards, and the envelope! Yes, the Woodstock stamp is awesome with its embossing. I haven't seen one before. I really appreciate both of the swaps that you sent.
Sasha42 rated for INTERNATIONAL BOOKMARKS - AUGUST on Sep 7, 2019
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Comment: I LOVED the bookmarks! The Pegasus bookmark is now the favorite in my collection. Loved the envelope and extras too. Thank you!
Response: So glad you like the Pegasus -I thought you might. The bookstore just recently stopped making that style, after years of it being their standard.
orneryswife rated for SMSUSA: SuMmEr 2019 pEnPaL! on Aug 29, 2019
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Comment: Great swap! Every piece was great, and I really like the washi tape you sent! I have already used a lot of the goodies from the happy mail and have enjoyed getting to know you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard :)

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Comments

orneryswife on Aug 2, 2019:

I received your postcard and happy mail today! How fun! Thank you.

orneryswife on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the letter for the summer penpal swap. I will write back soon!

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Came here randomly and just wanted you to know that you have a really cool profile :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 25, 2019:

I was reading profiles of participants in my swaps that I haven't had the pleasure of knowing yet and I must say that yours is refreshing. Thanks for the smile on a cold Monday here. I am thrilled to have you in my swap. โ™ฅ

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!

Jodie

jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap & for taking the time to send a sweet & thoughtful Halloween swap to Grayson. He really did smile from ear to ear. Take care & Happy Halloween!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 10, 2018:

CS: Doggie Deco :) Thank you for joining!!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

THANK YOU
Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

hamsterfarm on Jun 3, 2018:

instax

Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

KSENiA on Apr 22, 2018:

I got my Alice postcard back. Thank you :D

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