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veronicallama

veronicallama
Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: January 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!

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 Warm Soda.

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.

Poetry is my refuge when I am stressed, sad or weary. Walt Whitman is very moving. I've turned to him many many times over the past few decades. Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Langston Hughes, and Wendell Berry are also longtime faves.

Book last finished: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert ::: Currently reading: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

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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 that Swapbot has brought into my life and I'm so grateful for these creative outlets, even if I do get nervous sending swaps of this sort out into the world. I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and then 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: I absolutely LOVED the stamps you sent, the glassine pouch with vintage post-fox, the amazing stamps and how you took the time to describe why you love each one! There is no way I can part with any of them! They are all beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing (that must have been hard)! I also really liked how you recycled the classroom handout to make the pretty, purple envie! Thank you for all the effort you put into this swap! I appreciate it very much!
Vickyen rated for O50&P -I wish Postcard Exchange on Jan 22, 2019
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Comment: Hi Rhonda! Love the pc and Happy New Year to you as well! I hope you get help with the migraines, thankfully I have never had one but have heard they can be debilitating - ouch! Wishing you all the best in the new year! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
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Comment: Thank you sooo much for the lovely letter and the definatly best washi tape in my collection! I just love it and hold it so tightly for the perfect project to use it ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I am going to reply soon :)
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Comment: Hai Rhonda.. thank you for the postcard and beautiful stamps ^_^
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Comment: Thank you so much for your letter Rhonda! and I loved the polaroid of the Doggie Diners and I will definitely be looking up the history of John Law! :) Also, sorry for the events on the website not being posted yet. Stay tuned for February, as our January event is currently full, and sign up for our newsletter on our website to be in the loop too, only if you would like to be. Cheers, thanks again! xo
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Comment: WOW, super cool cards, thanks Rhonda! I love all these cards, esp Frida. Good luck with the martial arts. My daughter is a brown belt in Tae kwon do and it has done a lot for her .There are people of all ages in her classes and I love the belt tests, I get very emotional watching people progress and persevere. Happy 2019 :):):)
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Comment: Thank you for all the stickers! 😃
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Comment: Thank you!
Cobweb rated for Stickers and a Resolution INTL on Jan 10, 2019
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Comment: Many thanks and many smiles from this swap. Those COCO stickers are so great, I love that style. Lovely selection and so much variety. My calendar pages are gonna shine this month. Best on your resolutions!
Hyshu rated for O50 & P Happy New Year 2019 on Jan 10, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the great card. I love older cards. I love the AUdrey Hepburn stamp you used!
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and stickers.
DRMOM rated for CALG:Tea Pocket Letter on Jan 5, 2019
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Comment: Thank you for the wonderful assortment of teas! I don't have any of these and can't wait to try them. It is a small world! You are correct, it was the tea theme that drew me to make a pocket letter. Happy New Year.
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Comment: Thank you! I was having the same problem with my pictures coming out blurry. Just took a few extra tries. The second picture is very interesting
laterdayze rated for WIYM: Blind Envie Swap #2-USA on Jan 2, 2019
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Comment: Thanks for all the goodies! :)
Mimiadpi rated for Lantern Press blank envie swap 4 on Dec 25, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely cards and extra stickers!! Have special holidays 🎄🎉🎁
Elmaz rated for Blind, quick tea swap nr.6 on Dec 22, 2018
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Cosychaos rated for amaZINE #5 - bucket list on Dec 19, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for your zine and the lovely PC and sticker extras, Rhonda. The alternative zine name gave me a laugh. :)
neea1989 rated for amaZINE #5 - bucket list on Dec 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you! ♡
Vickyen rated for O50&P -Christmas Card Swap on Dec 17, 2018
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Comment: Hi Rhonda! I love, love, love the Christmas card - it just totally made my day! Thank you for the stickers as well! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Your sweet comments have made my day! All the best to you this holiday season <3
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Comment: Rhonda! How funny we have been matched organically! ❤️So nice to meet you the other week, and thank you so much for your card! Loved it. Happy holidays!
Response: Mail swap people are the best!

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Comments

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:

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Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

hamsterfarm on May 23, 2018:

Thank you for joining instax - spring <3

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KSENiA on Apr 22, 2018:

I got my Alice postcard back. Thank you :D

isabellasnow on Nov 5, 2017:

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY from WIYM GROUP!!

Babsmomof5 on Jul 29, 2017:

Thank you so much for the lovely postcard you sent as a bonus for the July PC roulette. Oh how I wish we had your temperatures! We've been hovering around the 100 degree mark here though yesterday a cold front moved through and we've been enjoying much cooler temps in the high eighties. I keep reminding myself we've on,y got about 5 more weeks of the unbearably hot stuff before it begins to start cooling down by inches each day!

lawchick on Jul 2, 2017:

Hi Rhonda! Just wanted to send a quick thank you for your postalette response. It was sweet to find it in my mailbox. :)

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