Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 11:40 pm


Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: February 17, 2020

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


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.


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 :)


Comment: Thanks so much. I love the postcard. 🐶
Wingy rated for Dear Story #4 on Feb 14, 2020
Comment: Omg what adorable wizard of oz stickers. Thank you so much :) Great beginning to a story
kssunlover1947 rated for FROGS & TOADS POSTCARD on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the Tree frog card and the cute note. Also that you used a frog stamp.
kclicquot rated for Questions - January 2020 on Feb 5, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the answers! and the stamps (we do love our vintage postage!!!) My daughter is a teacher . . I understand how you always feel like you want to do just a little more! Cheers! KC
christy102194 rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Feb 4, 2020
pammie rated for Postcards With a Prompt #71 - US Only on Jan 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the LP Card. Thank you for the book suggestion.
ovenbernt rated for Pen Pal Search # 7 on Jan 29, 2020
Comment: hi Rhonda! I'm absolutely charmed by your letter <3 I will be writing back soon! While I will reply to your words in written form, I would like to let you know that the teas you included look wonderful! I've never seen bamboo tea before, and I'm hype to try it (:
Response: I look forward to hearing from you! And yeah, it's the only bamboo tea I've tried -let's see what you think.
denisedecker58 rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 13, 2020
Comment: Thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the great fruit postcard. I've never eat passion fruit, but always want to try. Maybe this year I will do it ;) I love stamps on that PC and that you were using a purple pen to write my addy and a note for me. I love purple color ;) Happy 2020!
Amyncognito rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the cool card!
carrotkate rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card of Madam D'Ora. I love it!
Comment: Lovely Ansel Adams postcard! Thanks 🙂
MissKayeIdaho rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard. I really love the Knoxville stamp you used - it makes it so special to receive.
Comment: WOW absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much.☺️
squince rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Cute baby fox!
zohm89 rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 6, 2020
Comment: Whoa - Cool postcard! Thanks for making it pretty with nice stickers and washi tape. :) Happy New Year to you, too!
Comment: Good luck on the swap you are hosting soon!! <3
Moxieroe rated for Take Ten Postcard Swap #7 USA on Jan 3, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard!
Comment: Thanks!!
Comment: Thank you for all the fun Postcards! I think my favorite is the one with bigfoot! Hehe :)

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baseri on Nov 30, 2019:

Rhonda, Thank you for the pretty postcard! It made my day! Will pop a note in the mail to you this week. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Dale Baseri

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. ♥

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!


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

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

hamsterfarm on Jun 3, 2018:


Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

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