Comment: Meredith, I received your swap on Friday but I was out of town and had just returned. Thank you for the sticker flakes! It's always nice to get a swap from you. I've been hearing a lot about Noom and want to try it myself. Hope you're doing well!
Response: You're welcome! We are just back from out of town too. Lots of good podcasts carried us through Wisconsin's monoculture landscape.
Comment: I was so happy when I opened the envelope... those are three amazing cards you picked! Lucky me. The Whitney is my favorite museum in NYC though I don't remember seeing that exact painting there. Take care!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for the lovely rating!
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thanks for recommending me to join KSU and also for all the kawaii items you’ve included for me😆😆 a super happy mail in my mailbox. Maybe I ask where did you get the nekoni brand sticker sheets from? I also really love the washi tape you used for the envie with the ink bottles 😍😍
Response: You're welcome! I enjoyed making happy mail for you. I first spotted Nekoni on papertreatshop.com. An Etsy search for "nekoni stickers" has a huge result set.
Comment: Hi Meredith!
I love the Narwhal ship PC!!!
Oh I am tired of home cooking too- nothing seems to be of interest to anyone so we are grabbing most meals on the go-- not so healthy all the time but.. oh well.. LOL!
hope you are doing well!
Response: I'm glad you like the narwhal. This evening we had omurice for dinner: Trader Joe's Japanese fried rice with a simple omelet draped over it and topped with ketchup. An easy and yummy dinner at home. More than a few of my shortcuts come from TJ's!
Comment: You shoulda seen me trying to get that rabbit washi off the envelope. LOL I'm glad no one was watching or I'd be in a straight jacket! You're so clever with your swaps, I wanna be just like you. I will be taping my cellos closed, rather than using the sticky going forward. And I LOVE everything you sent, even Piyokomame, which I'll never understand as I loath birds almost as much as cats. Thanks for the blind goodies, ya done good!
Response: You're welcome. Send me a photo of the bunny washi tape and I'll send you samples. I just replenished my stash of gift cards and now some hotel room keys. And that idea of taping cellos closed comes from Rani.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for making this an extra special swap. Everything you sent me was perfect. I am in love with these postcards, they are now my favorite in my collection. Thank you for showing me this wonderful art.
The stem stickers are awesome, I am a science teacher so these are just great :D and of course, the washi is adorable. Thank you so much, you are so kind <3 <3 <3
Response: You're so welcome! I'm thrilled that everything is perfect for you. You're a fun partner to choose for!
Comment: Thank you so much for the sticker flakes! The weather is finally cooling down a bit after a few hot days but I know it's only going to get hotter. Hopefully, you are well.
Response: You're so welcome! Now we worry about water. St. Paul Farmers Market is off to a slow start because it's so dry. One vendor was selling mushrooms grown in Roseville, indoors of course, where they can control the climate.
Comment: Meredith, thank you for the sweet notecard and stickers, Rilakkuma is so adorable!!! I remember they have a bunch of Sanrio stores out in California. They don't have any here though. Such cute stuff! Hope you have a good summer, I'll be inside too it's SO hot! Take Care, Steph
Response: You're welcome! There's a San-x store in Pittsburgh of all places!
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard. Not sure where this country is. Hope you make good with your garden though.
Response: You're welcome. I think it's Germany or Austria. If you type the main title into Google, it's sure to pinpoint the location! Both countries have that sort of festival and both are German-speaking countries.
Comment: Wohooo :) Your wonderful envelope arrived! Thank you so very much for sending another delightful envelope!!! The stamps you used are superb! I looove your note :), the recipe <3 and all those fantastic paperfun!!! You made this day very special :) Have a fabulous June!!!
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad that arrived safely and I have a data point - it takes about three weeks for mail to travel from my home to yours.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I loved looking at all of the Kawaii stickers. Also, I enjoy how people will decorate and spicy up their swaps. It gives me inspiration on upping my own swaps. Keep on swapping!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like kawaii stickers.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for all the sticker flakes. I love seeing the Shiba-Inu flakes. It must have been fun opening new sacks.
Response: You're welcome. Yes, opening new sacks is fun. Fun for you too? I hadn't heard of DuckDuckGo until your letter. I've been using it lately for searches, like searching for a concrete and masonry company that can make structural repairs. We'll see!
Comment: Thank you for the great swap of links to articles about your area, the great postcards, and great descriptive letter. Sometime I hope to see your state again and visit some places you mentioned.
Response: You're welcome! It's always nice to have such a fun writing prompt.
Comment: Always so nice to receive Meredith mail! Super envelope and thanks so much for postcards of all the subjects! Wow! I hope your whole phone ordeal is settled! Why is it so difficult, right!? And thanks for the book rec! : ) So glad you joined!
Response: You're welcome. The phone ordeal was only an ordeal when I had to deal with AT&T. Next time I'll stick with old reliable Apple store.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for the sticker flakes and washi tape samples. I need to up my game on decorating envelopes so I'm stoked to be able to use these cute tapes! Of course, saving the sticker flakes for my collection.
Response: You're welcome! Recently I binged on washi tapes and want to share. Now rolls are shorter by meters.
Comment: I got your package!! Woohoo!! Lol Thank you for the awesome swap! I love it all!! Ryleigh thanks you for the sticker flakes! Yes, I LOVE washi! What you sent is so pretty! Thank you, Meredith! ❤️
Response: You're welcome! I was glad to send something that doesn't rely on forwarding! I thought Ryleigh is about the age for kawaii. And I too love washi - too much!
Comment: Hi Meredith! Love the pc and please thank your nephew for his service! Our oldest son went to college through the ROTC program and did his explosive ordnance training in Virginia - we loved attending his graduation there! Thankfully he never had to go into combat and I can only imagine the things your nephew has seen/had to do with three tours in Afghanistan! Again my thanks to him for his service to our country! Wishing you and yours all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I'm glad you like the postcard. In his first tour, as 2LT, he had patrols where he'd read because he couldn't socialize. I sent him a Kindle after asking a question on Amazon about how it'd work in those conditions. Lots of ex mil said great! Tom was thrilled because he was running out of reading material. Now he always has an iPad at hand.
Comment: Hi Meredith! 👋 Thank you so much for this great packet of happy mail. I love everything in it, especially the Rhino postcard. 💟🦏 Thanks again, and for your messages. You have a way with words. So I hope you’ve written down your experiences, perspective & firsthand accounts, if not in op-ed pieces, then in a journal or similar. Take care 🤗
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy when what I send is your happy mail. I started journals that languish, probably because I think no one will read them and people do read my letters and postcards.
Comment: Thank you for all the postcards - interesting illustrations and all in my interests. I hope the verdict has released the tensions in your community. Take care.
Response: You're welcome. Anxiety about the imminent announcement affected my husband's students who were taking an exam that evening. After the announcement of the verdict there was a huge collective sigh of relief and the exam went forward without a hitch.
Comment: As usual you've spoiled me! It's very sweet of you to match stickers to my random likes. :) I have a magnet board next to my desk where I display my favorite cards/postcards/drawings I get in swaps, and your contributions are taking up a good percentage of it now. :) I adore this weird little postcard! Also, french toast from homemade bread?!! That needs to happen here. I see baking in my future.
Response: No drawings from me! I learned years ago that I can't draw and then recently that hand/eye coordination - like catching a ball and drawing - never developed because I didn't get glasses until I was 9 and hand/eye coordination and peripheral vision develop before age 5. I'm glad you like the big sticker flakes.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely mailart, I really like the warm colours and sense of exuberance!
Response: You're welcome! I am *so* glad it finally arrived! I was all set to make another one. I made yours from my favorite catalog for perennial plants and bulbs and would make a resend from the new catalog that arrived recently.
Comment: Food and honey washi...[stroking them].... sooooooooo happy!!! (And I like how you finish off the sample. Classy. I'll have to remember that!) And a too cute Spirited Away postcard! Thank you for all the goodies. I love them all. XOXO
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
Response: Thank you for rating me anyway. I sent you a thank you - not a resend! It's with tracking 9500116604921100682414, expected delivery Wednesday 4/14. Maybe this will help with your mail problems. Please leave a comment to let me know that it's in your hands!
Comment: This still hasn't arrived but mail was and still is insane so I'm going to go ahead and archive this. No resend necessary.
Response: Thank you for rating me anyway. I sent you a thank you - not a resend! It's with tracking 9500116604921100682414, expected delivery Wednesday 4/14. Maybe this will help with your mail problems. Please leave a comment to let me know that it's in your hands!
Comment: I had already checked my mail for the day but I remembered that Informed Delivery said I was receiving a package too. I checked tracking and they delivered it after 5pm, which is rare that they didn't just drop it off during my usual mail delivery time. Anyways thank you for such a big package! The lettersets you sent, I don't think I have ever seen them before! And I was an avid letterset collector at one point. Thank you so much for such an amazing swap.
Response: You are so welcome! I had fun putting it together just for you. I happened to have that lovely cardboard mailer from an Etsy order for postcards and it was perfect for sending letter sets. So I did!
Comment: DOTS...LOL...this swap was so much fun! Your envelope was decorated so cute. I actually Saved most of the washi off the envelope onto a card to use in my journal. I enjoyed your letter very much. I like kawaii from different places and it doesn't have to be "branded". Thank you for everything. Your pizza sounds delicious. I like paneer and tikka AND most all Indian foods. I like FOOD period...ahahaha.... My family has grown to enjoy my experiments in cooking after watching Youtube videos. :) Thanks again...take care :)
Response: You're so welcome. My partner's dot were completely different than what I sent you! I enjoy writing you letters.
Comment: Thank you for all the awesome flakes, Meredith! I hadn't heard of Paper Treats before, but checking them out now. :) Also glad to know I'm not the only one fighting cardboard boxes. Do they spontaneously multiply overnight??? lol
Response: You're welcome. I love when the swap and the rating and the response turn into little conversations. It's amazing how not ordering goods online slows their rate of reproduction!
Comment: Thank you so much for being my first ever received swap on here, Meredith!! It was such a joy to see your letter in my mailbox! I especially adore the washi and fuzzy panda sticker that adorned the envelope (:
The cute little my little twin stars baggie was an unexpected joy, along with the variety of sticker flakes! I don't think I own any of the packs of the stickers you sent me so thank you so much for expanding my collection!
And your letter! It was really cool to read about how you got into kawaii, you're a really great story teller! I can't wait to hear more from you if we ever swap again (:
Much love and well wishes <3
Response: You're so welcome! Congratulations on your first swap! Thank you for the prompt rating and your lovely comment.
Comment: Thank you so much for the spring washi treats. The washi on your envelope was divine, too. I'm so ready for spring. There are lots of Bradford pears and redbuds abloom, but I'm still waiting for the dogwoods. Stay safe!
Response: You're so welcome. I have all too many rolls of washi tape and I love sharing. I have tiny heuchara leaves; a few scilla in bloom, heralding a carpet in the next week; crocuses in bloom; and tulips are almost 6 inches high. No sign of daffodils. I planted a Minnesota redbud last year and can't wait to see what that does. I'm looking forward to my many hellebore blooming soon.
Comment: I love these postcards! It was a fun swap because of the thought that goes into choosing just the right ones -- & you nailed it! The Winnie-the-Pooh one is going into my Winnie-the-Pooh junk journal. Thank you for a wonderful swap! Love them all!
Response: You're welcome. I have more fun with scavenger hunts than putting three postcards in an envelope!
Comment: Meredith, you spoiled me! Thank you!! I actually had the Animal Life sack (the one with a penguin in a backpack) in my cart to order, and then ended up not placing the order because I didn't trust my post office to deliver anything from overseas. I am giddy you sent it to me! And the bunnies are adorable, too. Thank you!!!
Response: You're welcome! I'm happy that my duplicates weren't your duplicates!
Comment: Thanks for the nicely decorated envie and extras. Subzero sounds unreal. In a two week period will range from 80 to 40s. It's wild. Hope your pipes hold out!
Response: You're welcome. It's warming up now. I think you're in one of the few warm corners in the US just now. I have a brother and a sister who live in Dallas and between text messages and Facebook there's lots of complaining. And they even have clothes for northern winters!
Comment: lol - I had the same experience with this swap. "Oh, this will be easy! I have tons of ice cream kawaii." Nope. No I don't. I just squeezed out the limit, too. :) Thank you for all the adorable pieces you sent! So cute!!
Response: You're welcome! A while back Pattie mentioned that she gets ideas for future swaps when she comes across more than a few pieces she'd have for a category swap.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the lovely postcards and note card. I especially loved the artichoke hearts and the Disney villain PC. Yes, I am South Asian and my family is actually from Punjab! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Chennai and hopefully you can visit more of the cities soon! Take care and happy new year xx :’)
Response: You're welcome! Who knows when and where I'm going next?!!
Comment: Hi Meredith! 👋 Thanks so much for the great selection of PCs & for the extra. I also love the stamps and artistamps on the envelope. I also enjoyed your notecard and message. Currently I use Scotch brand “mega glue stick” which goes on purple. I’m going to look for “Gloo” - thanks for the recommendation. Practice makes perfect, right? and sometimes even if it turns out awful, I enjoy the process. Take care 🤗
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the words of advice. I don't obsess over the notes I write - so why can I not stopping obsessing about making perfect crafts?!!
Comment: It arrived today!!! OMG You are so funny! My kids were THRILLED when I opened the box to reveal a huge tub of red vines!!! You are the best!
Response: I'm glad everyone is thrilled! I sent my in-laws a big box of Ghirardelli brownie mixes (6 pouches) from Costco and realized I could flip the cost of swaps: more product and less postage. Now, don't eat them all at once!
Comment: Oh my, I absolutely adore the theme!!! Every time I see something Kawaii with a book, I am reminded of you. But I can't believe there are so many items with a book on it! Thank you for such a fun package!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like like the package of little books!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely teas! I hope you and greg had a wonderful meal together on thanksgiving...it all sounded great! I spent the day with my mom and we cooked a middle eastern feast for fun! :).
Response: You're welcome. We had a tiny quiet feast -- we each chose a couple of favorites and I made a new dish: Hasselback potatoes. My husband Zoomed with his family too.
Comment: Thanks so much, Meredith! It was thrilling to get the Alfred Hitchcock stamp! : ) Love that one. I have gotten the Fotofolio subscription all year. I love getting stamps with it and their postcards are always interesting! This month’s should be here this week. Thanks for sending me some really good ones!! I’m happy you liked the envelopes I sent for WW. I always worry about the thickness of the paper when I order online. I’m so happy you were my partner!! Thank you for joining!
Response: You're welcome. I have several new boxes of 50 and 100 because I'm sending frequent postcards to 43 people sheltering in place, most alone, as well as weekly postcards to my in-laws and my aunt. Only my aunt is a fotofolio sort of person!
Comment: Meredith, I just wanted to come back and let you know that I am thrilled about everything that you sent for this advent swap. Thank you so much for swapping with me! --
Meredith, I got the package! I haven't opened it yet but I just know it'll be awesome. I wanted to rate you so you know I've received it and will return to modify once I start opening them.
Response: I'm so glad you're thrilled! +++ I'm glad to know my package arrived and I look forward to seeing your updates as you open them. I'll open yours for Chanukah, beginning the evening of December 10th.
Comment: Thank you for your letter!! You’re so busy this time of year between the Halloween block party, turkey day, and Chanukah and Christmas! DO let me know how the tofurkey comes out if you make one. I’m always trying to find alternatives for meat as I don’t like to eat a lot of it, but I’m severely protein deficient. I put my tree up today! FWIW, I think blue and white lights are a good compromise :) I also want to thank you for the surprise PC that arrived. It just about sums 2020 up pretty dang good. Hugs!
Response: Your'e welcome. Dried beans and whole grain both have plenty of protein. I just came across this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2020/11/02/how-to-cook-lentils-varieties/
Comment: I've been on hiatus from SB for awhile so it's good to get mail again, especially from you. You had me with the envie - love your Ouija board return label & those great DJT stickers! Then there were your thoughtfully chosen PCs. I'm a sucker for Pooh, charmed by the Royal Horticultural Society illustration, & still chuckling over the "Sources of Acid". Thanks so much.
Response: You're welcome. That box of food postcards is full of sly little jokes.
Comment: Thank you for highlighting a fun activity you did! I look forward to traveling but doesn't look like anytime soon. Looks like cases are going up and lookdowns again!
Response: You're welcome. Minnesota is surrounded by states with high per capita numbers of cases, and then we turned red too. Even rural cases are hard hit. We are staying close to home. Greg thinks students will go home for Thanksgiving and stay home for the remainder of the semester.
Comment: Thank you very much for the close-up of tulips and for joining my swap. You have had snow already?! 8 inches at that, wow! We have yet to get any of that white stuff. I'm not ready for it either.
Response: You're welcome. We've had weather in the 60s and 70s this past week and I'm mostly in the garden planting bulbs and raking leaves. Talk about whiplash!
Comment: 4 out of 5 are here, and I am so excited! You are so sweet to send my favorites, and a lot of them are new to my collection. I can't believe you went through your SG looking for the weed. lol Your thoughtfulness gave me a much needed boost of happiness in a stressful time. Thank you, Meredith!!!! Buckets of hearts for you!
Response: I'm so glad I could send you good cheer. I had fun pulling kawaii for you. The hard part was sending one each day. One afternoon I sent two, one mailed from a box that's pick up around 11 each morning and the other from a box that's picked up at 5. Mailed on two days, right?
Comment: Thank you! I love the little white minks on your envie. Yours is number 12 to open in December. 12/17 Thank you for all the vintage goodies and cookie recipes you sent! One of my favorite swaps so far. Such a thoughtful swap, love everything and can't wait to try the cookies! ❤️
Response: You're welcome. Those are a favorite of mine too. And the roll is almost gone.
Comment: thank you for the card and the memos. you put so meny stickers on!!! thank you. hope your planting gos well.
Response: You're welcome. We had 8" of snow Tuesday. It keeps coming, a half an inch at a time. Yesterday I scraped snow and ice off the car. We expect temps in the 40s on Wednesday and I will begin planting then.
Comment: Wish I could give more hearts. It's always a thrill to be on the receiving end of your (frame-worthy) postcard swaps. Thanks so much -- even the envelope was gorgeous. Happy swapping and stay safe!
Response: You're welcome! I spend more time now sending postcards to people who are staying home, many alone. I cycle through a list of 50 family and friends. My latest postcards say, Vote!
Comment: Thank you, thank you for the beautiful card! I did not yet have a postcard with a Game of Thrones theme. So I am very happy with this. I will look up the books you mention. Have a nice day and happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. I've never seen the HBO production of GOT so I have no idea who's on the postcard!
Comment: Thank you so much for the thoughtful collection of stickers! I don't really have much in the way of Kawaii stickers, so I appreciate them The Rilakkuma are awesome... one of my favorite mechanical pencils is patterned with the brown bear. :)
The faux postage stickers are fab!!!
My daughter is finishing her final semester of college online-- she's a math major, graduating early... gotta love math, right?
Response: You're welcome. Enjoy using the stickers! Yes, I love math. I credit my math major with teaching me clear analytical thinking and that's needed in many jobs. So good for your daughter!
Comment: Thanks Meredith for your PC. IT was beautiful to see W5 the star cradle! It makes me think how everything is so beautiful and is passing thru me. IT IS TRULY BEAUTIFUL! Cannot believe that you had an issue with your electricity we well! Glad that you got yours resolved and settled. Mine is still not settled. He has quit taking the water for sure because we caught him stealing it and it appears he has replumbed his house. We have not found the pipe yet nad are going to bring in a backhoe and dig up the yard it appears now to find it! His brothers built the house and put that pipe somewhere so no one would find it. Ive overpaid on water bills and feel he should have to pay the money back. I think my neighbor is frightened because he knows we know he has been taking our water. So this is not resolved yet and I need to find the pipe! Thanks for letting me know that you have been there too! I dont feel so alone. People have no idea how it can be with people stealing from their neighbors and thinking they can get away with it! Have a wonderful holiday this weekend! We celebrate Labor Day here. You might not there! It is the end of summer in most years but due to Covid 19 everything is just off! Bye for now!
Response: You're welcome for the postcard. I feel your pain! It took months to resolve the electricity problem and I felt sorry for the woman who didn't realize it was happening. She had a big bill she couldn't afford.
Comment: Thank you very much Meredith for the lovely decorated envelope with cool washi tape and the Bugs Bunny stamp is just too fabulous! Thank you for reading my profile and mentioning in you letter subjects of interest to me and sending postcards to my liking, ta also for the air mail labels. I do hope that my swap to you arrives soon, take care :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like everything. And thank you for joining my swap. A one-partner swap is lonely!
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you ever so much for your wonderful note and wonderful PC's! I enjoyed looking through all & your dream vacation stamps! Well, I hope it all turns out great for you, with the landscaping goings on there. I didn't know there was such a thing as a dessert tester in book club. But sounds like fun to me. As I love to bake. But only in the cooler months though. Because our summers here are brutal, heat wave after heat wave, ugh! Don't dare use our AC's. As the electric bill would be so dang high & I'm talking $150 something for 1 month. We just can't afford that, since we ( my husband & I are on SSD. Well, Have loads of fun baking.
Response: You're welcome. We only turn on the oven when it's cool outside - and to make dessert for bookclub. We turn on the AC when temps are above 90, not so often here in MN but more often now with global warming. And my spouse keeps the thermostat at 85° so it only takes the edge off the heat. Today it's breezy and cool after thunderstorms last night.
Comment: Hey Meredith - Thank you for the great cards. Loved all the washi on the envelope too! I really enjoyed Palm Springs and if you like green and humid summers I think you’d really enjoy BC :) Hope you’re well.
Response: You're welcome. I've been to Seattle for work several times. I need to go see the sights in the Pacific Northwest.
Comment: Thanks for the awesome Yuko Higuchi postcard, I love her art! Hope you're able to visit Salem again someday!
Response: You're welcome. I ordered the box of Yuko Higuchi postcards from a shop in Japan, just before all the shipping closed down. They sent them FedEx and the box arrived in June. And then I discovered there's a cult following of her work.
Comment: Hi Meredith, Thanks so much for this lovely B&W Tulip PC, by the master Robert Mapplethorpe. & for your nice note. I can see that it's been postmarked the 1st, but it only arrived today. :/ I'm sad the mail has slowed... I'd love it if everyone feeling disconnected now would reach out to their friends & family via snail mail. Take care & keep cool. ;)
Response: You're welcome. I'm doing my bit for the USPS, sending more than a dozen postcards each week to family and friends, and Postcrossing and Swap-bot. Also care packages to my husband's parents.
Comment: Thanks for your letter. I completely understand about your high school journal although it does sound like an interesting way to approach writing. Hope your book club goes well and thanks for the extra pcs.
Response: You're welcome. I credit that English teacher with liberating me from writing anxiety. Someone working for me couldn't write a coherent bug report so I sent her to a community college writing class; she had grammar lessons as well as writing a journal entry everyday.
Comment: Hi Meredith, Thank you so much for the great envelope of happy mail! I love every one of the PCs you sent, especially the cats, bookstore, and Jean Cocteau ones. The envelope is lovely too, with fun washi tapes & Anne Spencer postage. Take care & keep cool ;)
Response: You're welcome! Your great profile helped me choose postcards for you.
Comment: Thanks for the weather postcards, Meredith. Nice to consider something besides endless heat & humidity. The Narragansett Bay painting brought back memories of my childhood in Barrington RI when we used to walk down to what we called "the mud hole," our little beach on that bay.
Response: You're welcome. I felt fortunate that I had weather artwork for you.
Comment: Thanks for the great wanderlust postcards, Meredith. I too am yearning for my first trip to Africa. I've been having dreams about Zanzibar, even though I've never been there. And my last trip to Japan was even before yours, but I always think I'll get back there to see more of it. I highly recommend the road trip to Alaska. I did it in the 70's when much of the Al-Can Highway was still unpaved, camping out each night. The friend I invited to come along never left Alaska & he & his wife send me a ticket every few years to come up for more exploring. It's stunningly gorgeous. Nowadays my biggest adventure is a trip out to my curbside mailbox!
Response: Thank you for joining my swap. I'm glad you share the spirit of the swap. Maybe, when Canada is open again, I can make a road trip north to Winnipeg and west on the Trans-Canada Highway, then north to Alaska.
Comment: Ahhh! I loved this swap!! Your card is perfect - I can tell you looked looked over my profile-likes 😂 I adore all the kitties & food stickers. I have always loved stickers so this little card you made really sparks joy for me. It'll be hung up in my art room for inspiration! Thanks for sharing some of your collection. Happy swapping!! 💌📬
Response: Yes, I looked at your profile and hoped it didn't say no kawaii! You're welcome!
Comment: Love your cards. I'm crazy about Marlon Brandon. Thank you so much! You use the best washi tape on your envelopes.
Response: You're welcome. When you said old films, I thought you might enjoy an old photo of Brando. Today I received a box of washi tape I ordered from Japan in April, from one of my favorite sellers on Etsy. Otherwise not so many new tapes now.
Comment: LOL love the PC!! And boo on your garden centers - you probably have a pretty short growing season that far north so that stinks!! We get 2 turns out of the garden here so lotsa plants still available!
Response: I'm glad you like the postcard. It seemed particularly relevant to the swap topic. We don't plant gardens until after Memorial Day as we often have late frosts, as we did this year. I don't have veggies because I'm mostly shade and rabbits. My late winter/early spring hellebores and scilla don't mind late frost and are the first up.
Comment: Thank you so much for all the awesome kawaii! Lots of new things for my collection. I'm extra excited for the kireizuki raccoon! I only have one or two memo sheets with her on them in my collection.
Response: You're welcome. I'll try to remember that you like Kireiizuki the next time I send to you.
Comment: Meredith, thank you for the lovely swap. I loved the way you packaged it. I didn't realized those pockets were small/big enough to fit mini memo sheets.
Response: You're welcome. I'm still experimenting. I'm not sure how to make a letter fit so yours is an experiment. I didn't do pocket letters because I don't do ATCs but then I received one with resized greeting cards and found postcards just right.
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and great selection of postcards! Your garden and the new plants sound beautiful! Enjoy!
Response: You're so welcome! Today I put on a long-sleeved shirt and cut the tops off Canadian thistles. I need to put markers in the ground to show me where they are so I can snip off new growth whenever a new leaf turns up.
Comment: Thank you very much for the 3 PC's. Plus 2 extras. They are great & so was your nice note.I am so sorry. I am just not a writer. Which is why I never got back into pen palling. Haven't wrote a single letter since 2010. I could never find much to talk about. My life is a snore. As I don't do hardly anything, but swap. Because what's to talk about when wheelchair bound. Please forgive.But I wish you good times with your projects at home.
Response: You're welcome. I write notes when I'm in the mood and have time to write them. That would be when it's raining or too hot to work outside. The never-ending list of projects is always good fodder for notes!
Comment: Thank you for a lovely PC!! Africa is one continent I fear I will not get to see:( Gorgeous card, wonderful travels!!
Response: You're welcome. I wonder whether we could organize a Swap-bot group trip. Cheaper by the dozen and Africa - once you get there - is inexpensive. If we book flights now, it's just $1200 round trip. Yup, I'm browsing!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards. I am glad you chose to send a different one and not the rattlesnake postcard (I don't like them). These are great and also thanks for the extras. I also like the variety of postage stamps you used. Best wishes from Jenny.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad it arrived what with delays in mail. I received an envelope from you yesterday, probably Three Postcards in an Envelope #7J, from April.
Comment: Thanks for the gorgeous Anderson Design card. They're one of my faves, but I don't have this card. It's so great. I'm so sorry you're missing your trip! I was supposed to be in Asheville last month. I'm daydreaming of travel. Now I'm going to clean the carpets. BOOO. THANK you! :):):)
Response: You're welcome. I'm baking Italian bread and when it comes out of the oven I'll go outside to move some plants.
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcards!! I have not seen the Game of Thrones ones before, and I love them! That is one of my all-time favorite shows. Thank you for such a thoughtful and awesome swap. :_)
Response: You're welcome. I thought you might like those GOT postcards!
Comment: OH MY GOODNESS.... I wish there was a way to rate more than just one heart!!! I actually became emotional while opening each beautiful gift. It felt like it was my birthday. Life has been so rough lately (I know it is for everybody) but this really, really brought a smile to my face and warms my heart so very much. There aren't enough words to explain how much I adore this swap and am so thankful for your thoughtfulness and kindness. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad my swap package brought joy to your rough patches.
Comment: Awesome postcard and love the Moon Landing postage stamp. Thanks for sharing your NASA stash with me! How cool that you've worked at NASA!!! My great aunt worked at JPL. My husband's dad worked at NASA as a materials scientist so my husband was able to view many launches (so jealous!).
Response: You're welcome. Only so much one can say on a postcard. My dad was one of the original scientists at JPL. When he was in graduate school, DOD offered him a research position or they would draft him.
Comment: Gorgeous envie and wonderful cards, Meredith. Thank you so much. Having just poured the price of a new car into my mouth for serious dental work I can mostly ooh & aah over boxed sets such as those from which you culled the cards you sent. So it's great to get cards from someone with similar tastes. I did splurge on the Ex Libris set though & the card you sent is one of my favorites. Now I can send one & keep one! Hope you do go the way of native landscaping. As a long time member of a native plant society and the former co-owner of a native plant nursery I'm a bit of a zealot.
Response: You're welcome. Last night I started compiling my plant list, including invasive plants. Because we are in an old neighborhood we have landscaping plants like honeysuckle shrubs now classified as invasive.
Comment: Hey Meredith, thank you for sending large memo sheets (I really needed them) along with sticker flakes and a postcard. I've saved your letter to read later so I can write a reply. Hope you're well!
Response: You're welcome. I use large memo sheets all the time and suspect others do as well. We are well. Greg turned in his grades yesterday. Looks like he will teach online in the fall too.
Comment: Thank you very much for your note and postcards. I’ll have to check out that baking website as I can’t send what I bake into work with my husband now! Downsized recipes would be great! It is so cold here still - scraping my car windows even this morning! Then a huge turnaround tomorrow when Spring finally shows up! I would’ve been in Italy and Switzerland this week. Maybe next year lol! Have tickets for Tokyo late fall. Here’s hoping! I hope you can take your trips too!! xxx
Response: You're welcome. That website helped me downsize some recipes. Now I'm testing homemade mug cake mixes to send in a box to my in-laws because that's the closest I'll get to baking for them.
Comment: Living up here, I guess I just never really thought of Canada as international! But I can see how it would be considered as such! Especially now that you need a passport to really travel into it or an "enhanced id" as they are calling it! I LOVE visiting Maine!! It's soooo pretty! I take hiking/camping trips up there several times a year!! Thank you for all my fun goodies!!
Response: You're welcome. I think of a trip to Canada as a quick getaway from our current leaders in Washington, DC. I've wanted to visit the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver but there's not much trip planning going on just now.
Comment: Thank you for the thoughtful goodies and the nice letter. I enjoyed it all very much. I’m going to see if I can replicate your folded paper that looks like a flower pot. I think my teens at the library would enjoy making it.
Response: You're welcome. The paper pocket is a very simple origami cup. Copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.origamiway.com/origami-cup.shtml
Comment: Thank you so much for the 3 awesome PC's for the swap based on books. I so love them! Like you, I get most of my PC's from Amazon. I wish I had looked more closely at the one PC selection I ordered. I didn't realize till too late, the kitty cat PC's I ordered 3 weeks ago, were international. I still haven't gotten them & they keep saying, I won't get them till May 22nd through June 15th, ugh ! So, I had to go & order other kitty cat PC's, so I could have them trade. Which I got those last week. Ok, Time to stop jabbering, lol ! Take care.
Response: You're welcome. Yesterday I received a box of postcards I preordered on April 9th. I'm still waiting for a box I ordered in March because the publisher keeps pushing out the publication date. I'm glad I can get them. An independent bookstore where I buy boxes of postcards is closed now, for the duration.
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcards! I think you did an AWESOME job picking cards based on my events next year - it perked me up because I'm pretty bummed about not doing them this year. Thanks for taking the time to make this swap extra special for me!
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy a good challenge!
Comment: Thanks for all the postcards, Meredith. I'm especially charmed by the two Winnie-the-Pooh cards. A little sweetness & light is a welcome diversion in these grim times. Stay well. PS: love the delightful playful elephant washi too!
Response: You're welcome. I've sent quite a few Winnie-the-Pooh postcards for Postcrossing, for cheer. I've held back on Eeyore. I sent you a message with a link to the washi tape. You stay well too.
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcards! What an amazing amount of connections between us! Both my younger son and my husband went to Boston Latin, my son graduating in 2015. He is curious about who your niece is, if you want to message me! And I am curious where you lived in Maine!
Comment: Great selection of cards. The cow milking machine card makes me 😢 sad. They should be dancing in the meadow chewing their cud. It was very eye-opening for me. Thank you for sending each one.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you understand about those cows. Milk really does taste better from happy cows who are dancing in meadows - and many people never have a chance to taste great milk and ice cream. Horizon Milk, though organic, is from a factory farm too.
Comment: Always a pleasure to get mail from you, Meredith, & this swap was no exception. Enjoyed your note (on the intriguing art card) as well as your thoughtful selection of postcards. Two (count 'em 2) Highwaymen cards! Be still my heart. I've met all the surviving members of the group. They're still painting, but their current output lacks the charm of the the stuff they did when they were hungrier. Love the Steinberg too & the wonderful B&W photo at El Morocco. And while I'm envious of your getting to experience the Cirque du Soleil show, I'm delighted that you shared the cool Beatles letter paper with me. Thanks for everything, It was a special swap.
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy sending to you. I think we have many interests in common.
Comment: Thanks for such a generous selection of great weather-related cards, Meredith. All those Antarctica & Alaska snow & ice scenes were refreshing in my too hot/too humid climate here in So FL. My morning walk this AM felt more like a swim!
Response: You're welcome. In the next few months you can send me reminders of heat and humidity!
Comment: thank you for the note. Yeah I want to out in postcard for myself but I have so meany that I fell I have to get them moving and cant make my own. I dont think I will join the swap again as I dont get anything out of it I feel. I will tho move them along.
Response: Thank you for the rating and for participating. Yes, people come and go in these swaps. Like the bags, it's sometimes easier to use the forum to keep them moving along.
Comment: Thanks for passing on the PCs to me. Oooooh, ghosts are a tough one. You did a good job working with it, though! I'll have to look through my tin of flakes I've received -- I think there might be one or two ghosts in there. :)
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for joining my swap.
Comment: OMGoodness! I cannot say enough nice things about this swap. When I opened it I squealed because it was wrapped in the fabric that I really wanted at JoAnn the other day, but I had already picked out too many for another project. I love the enamel pins soooo much! The poseable pumpkin and jack-o-lantern bird are completely awesome! I can't wait to decorate with them. I really needed black and orange felt. It's like you were reading my mind! The first aid kit is hilarious! Pumpkin carving IS dangerous! There are so many other great things, but it would take a book to list them all. You really made my Halloween special! Thank you so much for an outstanding swap!
Response: You're so welcome. I had fun collecting and packing everything. Are you going to put a face on the poseable pumpkin?
Comment: Wow! So much cuteness! I loved everything you sent :) I had a smile on my face the entire time while going through your swap hehe I swear I'm not creepy! Ha :D And thank you for the nice note :) I take care of my older parents as well, so I know how hard things can be. You're an angel on earth, for sure. <3!
Comment: Super cards!!! The museum is a must see place, I have been only once to the French Quarter and I have heard about cow parlors like this. Thank you very very much!!! <3s
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like them. That stop on my road trip was the first time I'd been to a dairy farm tourist attraction though not my first dairy farm. My grandfather was a dairy farmer.
Comment: Very NICE cards. I love James Dean, and I had a Georgia O'Keefe poster that I bought in San Francisco years ago. It out lived its usefulness when I moved. I'm glad your husband is done with his surgery. I had exactly the same thing. Truly. 5 hrs under the knife, 27 gallstones in my bile duct. The surgeon said he never saw so many. A couple of weeks later, another woman came in with 24 stones in her bile duct. Very unusual. I wish him a speedy recovery. Joy
Response: I'm glad you like the postcards. The staples came out of my spouse yesterday and now he can do everything except move furniture.
Comment: Dear Ms. Meredith....your mail totally made my week! Thank you for your kindness and generosity towards me!
The kawaii that you sent me is all new to my collection! I am now absolutely smitten with Sabo Kappa. (My new obsession...lol)
You, my friend are awesome! ⭐
Response: You're welcome. Sabo Kappa is great. Perhaps San-x will bring it back. All my little notes and lists for my spouse's recovery are on kawaii.
Comment: Thank you for such a nice swap!! The envelope is beautiful! I love all the postcards you sent. The bats!!!!! : ) Thank you for the lovely note - I’d love to live back East again, lucky you!!!!!! Thanks for joining my swap! xxx
Response: Thank you for hosting the swap. I'm glad you like what I sent.
Comment: WOWWWWW, these cards are so wonderful, I love them! Very cool Bond and scifi cards. Thank you for the circus cards, too. I will definitely use them in my diorama. Also, Calder is one of my favorites of all time. I got to see some of his paintings and mobiles in person a few years ago and it was such a joy. AND I love William Steig. My Pinterest is full of his stuff. THANK YOU for such a thoughtful swap. Will be sending you an email in a bit. I went to my first face-to-face mtg last night. Lots of thoughts. THANKS! :):):)
Response: You're welcome. When I was pulling postcards for you, I felt cards I have and your interests were a fortuitous match. I look forward to keeping in touch.
Comment: Thanks for great postcards and an extra! The toast card is fun and I love the maps and cacti card! Of course Disney and Anderson Design are always favorites for me. You chose very well for me, thank you! Pretty washi on the envelope,too.
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you like everything.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap Meredith! I enjoyed reading your letter. We lived in Dublin before moving to where we are now! 😊I still go to that side of town a lot to shop. It's about 25-30 mins from here. Thank you again and Happy first day of Spring!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed my letter and the tidbits from my kawaii stash.
Comment: Hi Meredith. Both your envelopes arrived together in the same bundle today. You poor one! You should have waited to see if the first envelope reached me before sending another package. And both full of extras too! Please can you PM me your address so I can send you a little something in return. You put a lot of effort into your packages and I appreciate that.
Response: I'm a little superstitious. The second envelope was the charm that made the first envelope arrive. Enjoy all the postcards.
Comment: Your lovely swap arrived today! Thank you so much for the memo sheets and stickers. I Love them all!!! The washi tapes you used on the envelope look very nice too. I recognized them, they are from MT brand and Classikybrand. Very good taste!
Response: You're welcome. I'm impressed that you recognize the washi tape. I had to stop buying it for a while because the collection outgrew my storage box. I find the San-x tapes aren't sticky.
Comment: Thanks for the great selection of post cards ànd note. Looking at your profile I could see why Minnesota would seem a bit grim, especially this winter. We have just had a few days of summer here 20c in the day -2 at night. Let's hope it's not the only summer we will have this year. Downside is that I've never had hay fever in February before!
I find many tourist cards a bit twee. Much of Scotland is very beautiful but there is a limit to the number of cards showing heather, kilts and Highland cows you want in your collection!
Take care, best wishes
Response: You're welcome. Good thing I didn't send your Holstein cows in Wisconsin postcards. Actually I've not bought any in a while.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcards! Great ones I don't have. I also enjoyed reading your note! Yes, I have seen in the news how cold it is there. Thank you also for sharing this bread recipe. I think I will have to make that as well! It sounds really yummy!
Response: You're welcome. Temps warmed up then dropped again so there's lots of ice and now on top of that many inches of new snow and more expected. I ought not bake too much when life is fairly sedentary at the moment.
Comment: Meredith, it's been all over my FB feeds on how cold it is up in MN. Wow, hope you and Greg are keeping warm. Speaking of websites, I'll write you a letter to discuss more! Anyways thank you for the swap. I love all the cute animals!
Response: You're welcome. Yes, awful weather. I drove back from central Wisconsin early this morning to be home before the snow - and I almost made it. At the moment we are struggling with a logo, and an artist who thinks a logo is good art.
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute mountain lions! I love how animals that grow to rip your face off can be so cute :)
Response: You're welcome. Mountain lions are not dangerous to humans and avoid them, even in the hills around LA where they've been spotted. They are dangerous to deer, a good dinner for them, and I think that's okay because deer are too abundant.
Comment: Presents! And you sent home my favorite sticker slam that I have made! =) Thanks so much Manders! I'm going to wait to open these, but I can already tell that you spoiled me. **UPDATE 12-25** I love the sticker sheet and memo pad in particular. Thanks so much! =)
Response: You're so welcome. I'm glad you were my send-to partner. I had fun filling all the empty spaces in your slam - I like being last. Thank you for joining my swap. Have a great holiday. ** Update 12/25. That sticker sheet is an old one from my cache of sticker sheets. It looked perfect for you. Have yourself a merry Christmas.
Comment: What great postcards - the cave would be a great walk! Love the hats, have always been a sci-fi fan, and Anne Taintor is a fave of mine. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have an oven like that to bake bread in?
Response: I found lots of videos about building bread ovens and pizza ovens with bricks in our back yard. Too bad my spouse thinks it's not a very good idea. He's probably right.
Comment: Thank you for the PC. This is actually one of my new favorites! I tried to vote early but could never get around to doing it so I had to vote on voting day at the polls.
Response: Thank you for voting! I have many ferns in our shady garden though only two kinds: Ostrich and Interrupted. Ostrich ferns are taking over everywhere so I put cardboard and raked leaves over the largest area.
Comment: Thank you for the great selection, I tried to guess before peaking the list, I did an ok job (guessed only half of them right). Thank you also for the surprise flake bag homer :) This was a swap full of surprises!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you had fun guessing. I sent off many sticker flake bags, on their way or home. I got them all out the door and *then* another package arrived from Pattie.
Comment: Other than food, I have no clue... but I LOVE everything and had a blast going through it all. You're the best.. and yeah, what kind of toast is that anyway???
Response: If I recall, it's one batch of food with faces and another of animals being food which isn't the same as food with faces. About 20 toasts, all different, looked cute on Amazon then were too small to send naked. Good swap tags.
Comment: Thank you!
Glad to hear that your almost healed up - breaking your ankle sounds like it's excruciatingly painful. What style of yoga are you doing?
Response: You're welcome. The studio where I take yoga has lots of different classes, and some teachers mix different styles of yoga in one class. I'm taking gentle yoga and stretching classes like yin must now. When I'm able I'll add Vinyasa classes.
Comment: Thank you for all the summery cuteness! (So much! Wow!) Thanks for hosting this fun swap and for your nice note. I hope the rest of your summer is great!
Response: You're welcome and you're welcome. It's a quiet summer for me - I'm going to Chicago for a long weekend to visit my brother in a couple of weeks. Greg is taking my shift in the mini doughnut booth this year because I'm not quite up to six hours of standing. In October I'm heading east for three weeks, camping in TN, NC, and VA, hopefully avoiding leaf peepers, then heading north to visit family and friends.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you for the pretty pc and share! Hope you had a great trip to northern Minnesota! I would love the water but not the bugs so much! LOL! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I had a lovely time up north. Except for all the bugs. And no showers. The lakes were too cold for swimming, for me. I came home with layers on layers of insect repellant and sunscreen, and not too many mosquito bites. I've had West Nile virus so I'm not worried about that.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the wonderful, newsy note. I love learning more about people and getting to know my swap partners better. I grew up in the country and your description of watching the corn grow took me back to that. I miss it. I know a lot of people would think "You miss watching corn grow???" lol But it's the whole atmosphere of being close to nature. Not that I'm in the city now or anything, but it's a suburban subdivision, so sometimes it feels a bit crowded to me. Anyway, thank you for the letter and all the adorable flakes. I super love the penguins with seals, etc. :)
Response: You're welcome. Watching the corn grow tells me how far along summer is. Luther Seminary has put 15 acres of woods at the end of our block up for sale. There goes the neighborhood.
Comment: Thank you so much for your selection of postcards Meredith, and an extra special thank you for the extra cards and the kawaii memosheets. Very thoughtful of you! Love from a sunny and hot Holland, Nina
Response: You're welcome. The weather here is hot and wet. The cornfields in our neighborhood (agricultural experimental fields) already have tassels. Rain and heat make corn grow faster.
Comment: Sounds like your planning will pay off, I would love to visit Yellowstone some day. And packing food can be tricky, I feel for you. I hope your trips are fun filled.
Response: I was working on menus for my trip next week. The order of the meals depends on how well the ingredients keep. At the end of the week we'll have an Indian dinner from excellent ready-made packets!
Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard and eclipse stamp.
Response: You're welcome. That one really looked like space to me! I learned recently that the eclipse stamps are heat sensitive. Hold your warm thumb over the glossy part of the stamp to see another image. The new popsicle stamps are watermelon-scented!
Comment: Thanks for the very generous & cool selection of cards for this fun scavenger hunt, Meredith. My faves are the gorgeous Aminita muscaria & the aloe, but they're all delightful. Special thanks for including the vintage linen dunes :-)
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy the challenge of a good scavenger hunt. And I think you'd lost a few to a hurricane the last time you were my send-to partner.
Comment: Wow Meredith, thank you for taking me down memory lane with the interesting farm woman postcard you sent to me. When I was little child, both my father's brothers had farms. Yes, they did have dairy cows, milked, churned their own butter, boiled their own milk. They also grew their own fruits, veggies. Amazing. Hope your Spring will be arriving soon.
Response: You're welcome. My father grew up on a dairy farm and I visited my grandparents there when I was growing up. Dad and his only sib, my aunt didn't stay on the farm.
Comment: Thank you so much for your package!!! I loved reading your letter, and the card is so lovely! Hopefully this weather turns around and the ice will be gone for good!!! I really love the memos you've sent my way, especially the pastel-y ones ^_^ Many hearts your way!!! <3 <3
Response: You're welcome. We expect 8 inches of snow Friday and another 15 inches Saturday. My spouse hopes it'll turn into rain before it gets here, all the better to wash away the snow that's still here.
Comment: Thank you! After getting your card of Niagara Falls, I realized that I likely totally missed the part of the swap where we were to send a card with a water theme. ***Off to message my partner!***
Comment: Nice choices! I was going to say “in the sky” but the ghosts threw me on that one. How about “suspended in midair?” I think that’s a full moon behind the mountain, so that would work. Am I close???
Response: In the sky is correct! You know those Halloween cards with ghosts flying in the sky over haunted houses...? That's how they got into the pile.
Comment: Loved this PC - and your note on the back. The next time I get to the beach, I'll say hello to her from you. I've been landlocked before myself and was never happy about it. The PC is wonderful. xoxo
Response: You're welcome. I kept that postcard to send to someone who would appreciate it with me.
Comment: Wow, saw your postal mark of Saint Paul, MN, you really know the cold this winter. We know your start is the "Refrigerator" of the US. Thank you for the "January Snow" themed PC you sent to me. Those poor people in the photo of the PC, they know the meaning of an "Artic Blast."
Response: Last weekend I headed south, to Chicago where it was 25Â° warmer than our hometown. My spouse stayed home to make sure the pipes didn't freeze. Now it's balmy, above freezing!!!
Comment: Always a treat to get a swap from you, Meredith. Such an interesting selection of vintage cards. The one that intrigued me the most was the one from the amateur radio operators, since I've spent some time sailing in that remote area of the Caribbean. No snow here, but a few days of temps in the 30's was tough in my un-heated cottage. Hope you are managing to stay warm in your far colder weather in MN. Thank you for a great swap & for sharing the wonderful 10 rupee note. And yes, I'd be delighted to have more anytime you want to include any in future swaps. Hugs...
Response: I'm delighted that you're delighted! A wool sweater, wool socks, and a wool blanket will help you through those freezing temps better than fleece. Friends who live in Israel without heat do this. When I go in the winter I always take along a wool sweater.
Comment: First of all, a heart for sending well before the send-by date! And I wish I could give you more hearts because I absolutely LOVE each postcard (very rarely does someone knock off my likes like that). And yes! Thank you for sending the rupee note! I'm starting a little collection of foreign money, with the goal that they will be used. Thank you for amazing Happy Mail!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad it's *real* happy-making mail. And I know exactly what you mean by sending well before the send by date. I'm still waiting for two US cards sent on the send by date, December 31st.
Comment: Thank you !! awesome vintage cards! :) Yup We keep our tree up year round...looks like my pics didn't stay posted on my profile, just fixed the links so you could see if you would like :) We change out our ornaments from time to time, but lately thinking we might make the tree bigger so we can add more ornaments :) Thank you for the great postcards Happy New Years :)
Response: You're welcome. Now I've seen your Xmas tree! I wondered if you hung an artificial tree from the ceiling and whether it was right side up or upside down -
Comment: Thank you for the very interesting postcard - another reason to put Saxony-Anhalt on my bucket list. I hope you had a good Chanukah!
Response: You're welcome. My husband likes our low key Chanukah - lighting candles and chocolate gelt - gold coins. Now we are watching our pipes since temps are heading down to -20Â°F. This morning at 10 it was -15Â°F.
Comment: Thank you Meredith for the Seasons Greetings card & the little packet of cute Kawaii items you sent to me for the swap. Did you notice in this old watercolor of a winter scene in Indiana, the men are wearing old-fashioned skates, playing ice hockey, that a mill in background, out of service as the water is iced over. Interesting scene painted by British artist. Happy December!
Response: You're welcome. I didn't notice the details in the image. Eveleth, MN is home to the United State Hockey Hall of Fame.
Comment: Hi Meredith! What a cool envelope! Thanks for choosing it for me! Love the Beatles- just saw a tribute band in November; they did a really fine job! Also saw LOVE in Las Vegas & that show was spectacular! Now, on to your postcards - I have not been to London nor Cape Cod, so thank you so much for them! I have been to Costa Rica, but didn't get any postcards when we were there, so thanks so much for that one! I think it's so funny when there is an international swap, I often get someone from nearby! Hello, neighbor! If you are ever in need of a break on your way to Chicago, take a turn at Janesville; we are about 21 miles from I-90. We have a grown daughter in SF, she just got back from a trip to Thailand. Our son is married with two small boys; they live in Indiana; we'll see them after Christmas. Have a beautiful Christmas and stay safe driving!
Response: You're welcome. I've had the pad of write and fold stationery for years and realized recently it's nice for blank postcard swaps. I would love to stop and meet you!
Comment: All my favorites! Thank you so much!! And thank you for the author recommendations. I haven't read either of those authors, so they're both on my list now. I laughed about listening to audiobooks while raking and... raking. I spent many hours last month doing the same thing! :) Happy Holidays!
Response: You're welcome. Your well-filled profile helped ðŸ˜‰
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for the kawaii surprise! I absolutely adore the letter set. Lately I have been thinking about traveling too. It's probably because it's been a little cold here. I hope that you feel well soon. The cookies you're talking about sounds yummy. Thank you again!
Response: You're welcome. It's always fun to pull from way back in my collection to choose something for you.
Comment: A beautiful card, Meredith! I've been to NYC twice with my daughter in 2008 and 2010. I hope to get there at least ONE more time--I love that city---based just on those two visits so I'm not an expert, but next time I am determined to see the Botanical Gardens and the Cloisters. We'll need to find a new hotel location closer to both if possible--previously we were in December and at the Warwick in mid-town. I'd also like an entire day just to explore the library and to see one of the art museums, maybe the MO-MART? Thanks for a great swap! Have a wonderful Christmas and a splendid new year--maybe getting out of the suburbs??
Response: Airbnb is the best way to find lodging in NYC, especially if you want to stay in the Bronx. Find a place located near a subway station rather than driving. PM me when you're ready to go if you'd like help making plans. I've lived and worked there, and we visited often when I was growing up.
Comment: Thank you Meredith! I love the animal themed sticker flakes. Lots of really good ones. Those penguins are super cute! Thanks again! Have a great Thanksgiving!
Response: You're welcome! Actually I tried to be a bit more subtle: Grayscale animals! (It was test kitchen the other day. I made maple and pumpkin custard to take to a dinner party, in prep for our nearly gluten-free holiday. It was excellent.)
Comment: Meredith, thank you for the postcard. We have several different kinds of oak trees here in NC. One has tiny leaves and it is shedding it leaves now. The other has large leaves and they will not starting dropping until March. When they start, we know that Spring is not far behind. Shirley
Response: You're welcome. Are the oak trees with large leaves live oaks? My sister has a huge one in her yard in Texas.
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the lovely reflections pc! It is just gorgeous! We have lots of leaves yet but a good rain could probably take a ton down! Hoping to enjoy the colors for at least a few more weeks! Hugs, Happy Fall, and Swapping! ;)
Response: You;re welcome. I'm glad you like the postcard. We had snow yesterday and temperatures around freezing - and lots of leaves still on the trees. Everyone says the worst was the Halloween blizzard of 1991. Kids couldn't trick or treat.
Comment: I read the description of your fall-colored view with a bit of jealousy. LOL!! The abundance of awesome red and orange goodies you sent make up for my lack of autumn color here, though. =) Thank you so much for everything and for joining my swap!! â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: You're welcome. I've a few more days in sandals now because it got warm again though it's cold enough at night so we have more autumn colors every day.
Comment: Nice to see your cheery Yellow Submarine envie in my stack of post-Irma incoming. Thank you for the generous selection of PCs, though I can only comment on the 2 great linen ones. The others succumbed to the outer rain bands of the hurricane & all stuck together. I was dumbfounded to find a stack of dirty wet mail in my mailbox when I returned from evacuation. Neither snow nor rain nor hurricanes I guess...This is in no way meant as a plea for a re-send. You went over and above in your mailing & I'm just venting at the stupidity of my local PO. The county emergency app even assured me that mail delivery was curtailed for the duration. As you can probably tell, hurricane stress has taken a toll on me & I'm still frazzled. Enjoyed your nice note, BTW.
Response: I'm glad the linen ones - your favorites - made it through the heavy weather. Let me know if there's *anything* I can do to help, e.g., a care package.
Comment: I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess.... bunnies??? LOL! So many cute flakes; I love them all and the adorable mini memo sheets and little baggies! Thank you and thanks for hosting this fun swap! I bet your kitchen smells amazing with all that baking going on. Have a lovely holiday! =)
Response: You're right! ðŸ‡ðŸ‡ðŸ‡ðŸ‡ðŸ‡ Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: I love the picture on this postcard. We used to live 2 exits from the main exit to our state fair, and 1 exit (1/4th mile) from the seconary exit.. I feel your 'pain' !
Response: I love those vintage images. They give me a feel of the continuity of the fair. I don't get quite the same feeling when I volunteer for a day at a mini donut booth, with those donut-making robots!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap! I especially love the sticker flakes <3 I didn't watch the eclipse either. I didn't even notice when it was happening, it seemed to me just some clouds passing by :p
Response: You're welcome. What I noticed in India was how quite it got during the eclipse, both people and animals.
Comment: Thanks, Meredith. Happy tenting! I fear my tent camping days are over now that a bad back precludes sleeping on the ground. I've been thinking about a teardrop trailer myself...
Response: You're welcome. I'm ground-averse too, for sleeping, which is why the rooftop tent appeals to me. They come with nice foam mattresses and I can add a memory foam topper. It'll all stay in the tent when I collapse it to break camp.
Comment: Thanks for all the bird goodies!! Oh, yes, penguins are a favorite bird. =) Our Texas trip was great although it had its moments (you may have seen my souvenir picture on facebook-lol.) I hope yours is wonderful in September!
Response: You're welcome. Yes, I saw your FB photo. It's good that there's lots of ice in TX!
Comment: I just love EVERYTHING you've sent me. My favorite was the Koala's March dangler, followed closely by the upcycled+something inside pakage. Thank you so much! P.S: here the weather is insane, it's cold and then sunny, but still cold. My nose is also runny, so I'm mostly an inside person at the moment too!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like everything that I can't remember putting into the package!
Comment: I need to take a picture of it, but I need to know what sticker sack the cat playing the trumpet flake is from. I'm not usually into the 'real life' images or similar to that, but this sticker is fantastic.
Response: Email me the photo and I'll see whether that came from an open stack I have. It might be from my bowl of received sticker flakes.
Comment: More happy mail from you!! Yay!! Thank you! So many bear flakes! â¤ï¸ How did your zucchini bread turn out?? I bet your kitchen smells so yummy from all the cooking! I hope you had a fun dinner party with the girls and great picnic with your husband's family.
Response: You're welcome. The zucchini bread was great, though I think many of the ladies don't eat carbs!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful flakes!! I love getting them, put them in a pretty frosted glass candy canister on my desk and use them to decorate envelopes. =) I collect the full sheets, too! I never thought of them as little stories, but you're right!! So cool!
Response: You're welcome. I should probably keep my incoming sticker flakes in a covered jar rather than a bowl that tips over every once in a great will.
Comment: LOVE these old photo cards. Makes me wonder what their life was like. Thanks too for your sweet note -- gypsy life is an acquired taste for sure. Yes to Costa Rica (great surfing), NZ (stunningly beautiful) and Bots (lots of funny memories there!).
Response: I'm glad you like the card - that set is almost all gone - and thanks for your traveling advice. At the moment, I'm wondering if I can drive to Costa Rica.
Comment: I loved your packing! thank you for the nice note. I hope the weeding went well. I am going to guess the theme is cat or pets because there were some dog stickers but mostly cat sticker. I hope I'm right.
Response: You're right! The theme is cats. When I was collecting sticker flakes for the blue and yellow swaps, I realized I have quite a few cats, probably because I love maneki-neko.
Comment: Thank you for all the nice yellow and your note. =) Lucky you getting all the daffodil bulbs! Sadly, our planting time is over until cool weather in the fall... but then planting fever will hit me again. =)
Response: You're welcome. Now that our temps are in the 90s my planting is on hold too. I need to keep the bulbs healthy in the meantime.
Comment: Thank you for all of the blue Kawaii! It's a lovely assortment. Did you have fun at the festival you went to?
Response: You're welcome! In the end we didn't go out. I spent most of the day emailing people to sort out an unfortunate situation. Hopefully we'll take care of that next week. Then we grilled a nice steak for dinner.
Comment: Thanks for the amazing Dali postcard and fun stickers ðŸ˜Š I'm actually going over to the Dali Museum in St. Pete, Thursday, to look at a new sculpture exhibit. I can't wait! Have an awesome day, Nathan
Response: You're welcome. Did you notice that it's a redhead?
Comment: Hey Meredith, thank you so much for the swap. I loved all the stuff you sent for the 25/25/25 swap. I haven't read your letter yet (I always look forward to them) and will do so when I get a free moment. You're the best!
Response: You're welcome. It's finally spring here in Minnesota - I thought it would never come.
Comment: Animals AND another culinary adventure. You're a very busy lady! =D
Response: Last night we went to a friend's home for Shabbat dinner and I took a chocolate cake, the Chocolate Dump Cake, a recipe from NYT Cooking. It travels well *and* it tastes wonderful. The icing is melted chocolate chips and sour cream.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard with interesting sculpture!
When I read the artist's names they sounded surprisingly Dutch to me and one of them is originally from indeed here, how curious :)
Wishing you good luck with the house renovating!
Response: You're welcome. This is the last renovating this year. The other day they started tearing up the streets in our neighborhood to replace water mains and pavement and won't be done until August. The rest of this year's projects will wait until next year.
Comment: It's always an extra-special swap from you, Meredith. Thanks for the cute kawaii flakes, mini memos, and newsy note card. (And I just HAD to peel that cute cat tape off the envelope so I could save it.) Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome. This is the last swap for me for a while. Having painters all over the house will keep me busy through the end of February. Thanks for hosting this.
Comment: Hi Meredith! I love your transportation pc! Very cool! Some practical gifts are good but who would turn down fun gifts as well? Not this gal! LOL! Really you do reach an age where you may not NEED much, but appreciate things you have an interest in, so... Hope Santa brings you the gifts that make you happy! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: You're welcome. I knew that postcard was perfect for you. It's a poster from a fabulous collection of Modernist art located here in Minneapolis.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely watercolor-esque Hanukkah card. I really love it! And I really appreciate your nice note. I don't always light the candles every night of Hanukkah, but I've always loved doing it. My mom and I usually exchange all of our gifts on one of the nights of Hanukkah. We tend to try for 8 small gifts for each other since it's just the two of us. Have a wonderful holiday!
Response: You're welcome. I like little for Chanukah too, to remind me that it's a little holiday. We like the holiday lights around here because our days are so short. I have a string of blue LED lights that we "light."
Comment: SO MUCH KAWAII !!!! Hehehe! Even the back of the envelope was all decorated with cute little puppy goodness. :) Thank you so much for the Christmas card and the stack of memo sheets.I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.
Response: You're welcome. I always enjoy sharing kawaii.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome stocking stuffers!! I'm hiding them in my stocking at the back of my closet so I don't get tempted. Lol.
Response: You're welcome. Just don't forget about them! After my mother died we found stashes of gifts she bought throughout the year, going back several years. We had no problem sorting out who they were for. Too bad she wasn't around to enjoy the fun.
Comment: Thanks! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)
Response: You're welcome. We had a busy Thanksgiving. People dropped in throughout the day, around their own holiday dinner plans, and we were glad to see everyone. Six for dinner, and many for brunch the next day too.
Comment: Eek, I am so lucky! I got it yesterday and didn't get a chance to open the package until this morning. I was only able to open your items, which I absolutely love! I really wanted to try out some of those pens so thank you. And the letterset is one I don't have and I love it! Thanks again, Meredith!
Response: You're welcome. Your handwriting is lovely and I'm sure Union Star doesn't have a store like Wet Paint. I had fun choosing pens for you.
Comment: â™¥Thanks so much for BOTH postcards! I especially love the Northern Ireland lithograph card. Thanks again!
Response: You're welcome. I love nearly every postcard in the book, Posters from the British Empire. I wrote your address on two cards for the swap and just sent you both. So I sent four for the swap. :-D
Comment: Thank you for the adorable card and your nice note!! Certainly a day brightner on this unreal day.... I love the postcards - thanks so much!! Yes, we have had really mild/warm weather too!! Each day without bitter cold and snow is one day closer to next Spring, lol!! Wishing you a good month and a Happy Thanksgiving!! xxxx
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy sending for this swap.
Comment: Thanks so much for all the wonderful PCs for this swap! I really liked them all but the turtle was just beautiful and the cabbage was so unique. I had my windows replaced last year - mine were original back to 1969 so there was a desperate need. . . I live in a townhouse so there was one picture window, a bay window and 10 single windows so it wasn't bad although the day was chilly so I sat on my couch wrapped in a blanket watching TV all day. I'm so glad I did it and it certainly has made a difference in my electric bill during the summer when I run the A/C all the time. Good luck with your repairs. . . it is always a pain to have work done in the home. Thanks again for the great selection of PCs ~~
Response: You're welcome. I'm waiting for our electrician at the moment and following up on lots of details.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your book club, Meredith! I love Sarah Vowell, but haven't yet read Unfamiliar Fishes. I'll have to bump it up my to-read shelf since you liked it. :-) This postcard is something, too. That bridge! Whoa! :-) Thank you for sharing!
Response: You're welcome. This month we are reading "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson. It's won all sorts of awards.
Comment: Loved reading your letter. I actually started collecting when I was a kid thanks to a visit to the Sanrio store in Mall of America.
ETA: No, we lived in Minnesota briefly and I loved going to MOA (I really enjoyed Camp Snoopy which was changed into the Nickelodeon park).
Response: Was your visit to MOA tourism? Local people told me there were charter flights from Tokyo to visit the mall as well as busloads from all over. It's calmer now and, sadly, Sanrio went out of business.
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely note. I absolutely adore the postage stamp washi tape you used on the envelope and I'm excited to use the cancelled postage stamps - you sent some pretty ones. Happy Swapping!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Mail to Canada seems to be moving along more quickly now.
Comment: Helloooo! Thank you so much for this adorable kawaiiness!! I really love all you've sent ^_^ And the envie looked so cute in my mailbox!
The THEME! Let's see, you're right! It is a tough one! I've been looking at them all a while now, and I feel like I'm ready to take a shot at it! Is the theme, bubbles and balloons? (Speech Bubbles)
Response: You're welcome. Your answer is 95% correct. Speech bubbles represent thought, with bubbles between the words and the head. Speech balloons like the ones I selected represent words spoken. I know this because I work with graphic designers on website design.
Comment: very cool vogue card! Interesting to read the article titles from 1963. "Women and Money", "The snobs of Paris" and "White: what makes it new and exciting." On one hand they seem SO dated and quaint, but on the other, they could be headlines printed today! Thanks :D
Response: I'm glad you like it. Vogue is known for being ahead of the times!
Comment: Thank you for the gorgeous card! I have toured Harvard but didn't get to go to the museum. I love Boston! Have a great day!
Response: You're welcome. Next time you go to Boston be sure to visit the museum. They have an exhibit of glass flowers: 3D botanical prints that I first saw as a child. They recently cleaned and made new displays for them and the exhibit is gorgeous.
Comment: Hi Meredith:)
Thank you for all the cute stickers!
Yes I remember you went to Germany, I did write you a personal massage at that time. Vilseck is not to far where I'm from, I've been there before.
Response: You're welcome. My trip to Germany seems long ago. It's about time for me to head overseas again.
Comment: I â¤ï¸ these PCs too and it was a strange surprise seeing the exact same postcard I sent Monday for this swap in my ðŸ“¬ today! These old charts are super cool and were very well done. Have a great day, Nathan
Response: I'm glad you like these charts - I do too. I buy big boxes of postcards I like and hope the recipients do too.
Comment: Hi Meredith! I love your bird pc! Do you enjoy living so close to the state fair? When we lived in town, we were on the main road to go to the fairgrounds and during fair week it was such a pain to be in and out of our driveway - grrr! LOL! After 18 years I still remember being so annoyed! LOL! It is awesome that you volunteer there, hope you had a ton of good times! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: I'm glad you like the postcard. I'm trying to figure out which main road - did you live on Fairview? And yes, as always, volunteering was fun.
Comment: Meredith, I apologize for the late rating. I did not realize I had not rated for this swap until I checked before archiving the swap! I loved the fruity goodies that you sent! Thanks for swapping with me!
Response: Thanks for catching that and rating me. I was just a day away from nagging you!
Comment: Thank you for the stunning turn-of-the-century Vogue cover card! (That, the Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker boxed sets are among my long postcard wish list :) I was wondering tonight if there is a Postcards Anonymous group... I am almost always looking for PCs for future swaps, ha!) I always enjoy seeing the different preferences for cards on Postcrossing and Swap-Bot :) It cracks me up that one person's favorite is abhorrent to the next person. Hope you are having a good weekend!
Response: You're welcome. I know exactly what you mean. I found Swap-bot when Postcrossing was offline for a week and I was going through postcard withdrawal.
Comment: hi Meredith!
Thanks very much for your card! I really enjoyed NYC when I was there a while ago, although I agree with the amount of people who do live there make for a crazy amount of litter etc.
Happy swapping! Philippe
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the rating. Are you all settled now?
Comment: Extra EXTRA special swap! â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥ So many adorable sets of flakes in their own darling envelopes!! You're the best! Thank you so much!! And I hope the roads are fixed soon so you aren't housebound but I'm really happy to have received the benefit of the construction- lol! =)
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like what I sent! Thanks for hosting such a fun swap!
Comment: thank you so much for the very nice swap, i enjoyed all of the kawaii goodies very much! I just just got off of the phone with my husbands grandma, she think that she remembers your grandma, her mind is not the best, but she recognizes her name...she will probably remember why in about two weeks! :) have a great day & enjoy your trip to Mora! you should stop into the Bread N Honey downtown...it is my favorite shop!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm busy thinking about the dish I'll take to share. I must remember to keep it simple.
Comment: Oh my Meredith! You spoiled me. I had to go back and re-read the swap description because you included so much stuff. Thank you for always going above and beyond. I enjoy receiving swaps from you. I adore the HK clips, the mini memo pad, tin full of sticker flakes, mini memo sheets, the 2 sticker sheets, phone strap, pen, and so much other goodies. Thank you again!
Response: I'm so glad you like everything. As I mentioned in my note, it was an opportunity to de-dupe my stash a bit. And it's tempting to fill up those flat rate boxes!
Comment: How fun this was to open. You even included my favorite postcard theme: animals with umbrella. And, I didn't know they had a 3 ounce stamp. This swap was just full of surprises. Thank you so much.
Response: Yes it was a one-stamp swap! Henry James is the new 3 ounce stamp. And I too was surprised that I had an animal with an umbrella. I'm glad you like it.
Comment: Thanks for your patience with my rating while on vacation. The cards are great! My very favorites are the water lilies and the migration boat. Thanks also for the little goodie envelope of kawaii stickers they're just so cute and fun! What a fun surprise!
Response: You're welcome. I'm relieved that it did turn up and happy that you like what I sent.
Comment: Wow!!! Just beyond and above! This was just truly an amazing swap to receive, and if I could give you more than one heart, there is no doubt that I would! :OÂ :-)Â Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This truly made my day so much better! Big hugs from Silje
Response: You're welcome! One ounce plus packaging ships as two ounces. It took some thought to keep it at two ounces, which means without bumps. I'm glad you like all the large memos.
Comment: What a great swap, thank you! You're right, no one ever says, "Pull a bunny out of a hat!" The F&M campus is beautiful, isn't it. Did you enjoy your time in Lancaster? It's one of my favorite places.
Response: You're welcome. Lancaster is nice and the campus is lovely. My niece liked the (male) tour guide. In the end, I don't think we'll get her out of the upper Midwest for college.
Comment: Thanks for the prime selection of kawaii goodies, Meredith! My neck of the woods is no where near as exciting as yours, not that I necessarily call what happened as exciting, but I will say in some respects its good that people are thinking about hot issues like race and equality. The circumstances that brought it into focus aren't good of course, but the issue does need to be addressed.
Response: You're welcome. There is lots of regret here about what happened and discussions about what to do. For one thing, our city doesn't have oversight of the police department and more scrutiny is the minimum for now.
Comment: Thank you Meredith for the beautiful Peacock cover art postcard of vintage Vogue magazine. Wonderful you saw the NY Botanical Garden in June, and you saw white peacocks. Reminds me of trip I made in past with my late husband to the NY Botanical Garden. Happy Summer!
Response: You're welcome and I'm glad you like the postcard. I had fun reading your profile and choosing a card for you.
Comment: So much cute in one envie! Thanks so much! It sounds like you had a nice trip with your niece. I hope she takes away much from the trip as well- sometimes people can feel like they will never get out of areas or situations that they have grown up around, so hopefully this has shown her that this world has much to offer and her only limits are really just the ones she places on herself.
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked everything. I had fun taking my niece out of her comfort zone in central Wisconsin.
Comment: Thank you SO much for adorable selection! I saw random pictures of your trip online and it looked fantabulous. So glad your niece got to see a whole new world! It opens their eyes and dreams âï¸â˜ï¸
Response: You're welcome! As I said, the selection is from the other half of my open sticker sacks, and I opened several more for the two 100 sticker flake swaps. And yes, the trip was fabulous, given that I was traveling with a teen who questions everything.
Comment: Thank you so much Meredith! Love them all. Glad you enjoyed your time in Boston. It looked like a lot of fun (from your FB pics).
Response: You're welcome! As I said, it's half of my open sticker sacks, and I opened a couple more for the swap. Yes, I had a great time back east. It was more sightseeing than is usual for me, with my niece coming along.
Comment: YAY! I love all the sticker flakes + memo sheets. It's so interesting that the Minnesota Department of Health is so quick with identifying food borne illnesses. I haven't read any of Marion Nestle's books yet but I definitely will. I took a Food Systems and Agriculture class last semester and I read "The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan. It's about her experience working in different parts of the food system from the fields to Walmart. The book is extremely honest and very eye opening to me. Also, have fun in NYC :)
Response: Will you have time to take some economics and political science classes? My coursework in economics makes me think quite differently about food. I wish we could have a long chat sometime.
Comment: Omg. I am so in love with the zombie rabbits sticker flake sheet you gave me!!! I don't even want to use it. I want to just save it in all its glory. Lol. :) Thank you so much for the awesome selection. :D I love the other two sheets as well :D And they will be spread around in my journal. :)
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you love zombie rabbits - they aren't my most favorite. And may your journal be happy too -
Comment: Meredith, I knew almost right away that the theme for this is sweets or desserts. At first I thought maybe animals with sweets but it was more general. I absolutely love everything. Thank you for the extras as well. Hope your garden is growing well.
Response: You're right: just sweets. I wasn't feeling devious when I put it together. The garden has several days of gentle rain and the lilies of the valley are beginning to bloom. I think the lilacs now blooming are a bit earlier than usual, after a mild winter and several weeks of hot weather.
Comment: It's always a pleasure swapping with you! I'm sorry the pizza place you went to was a disappointment! It's the sad thing about restaurants is that sometimes they like to cut corners thinking that people won't notice.. They're very wrong! I have yet to find a good pizza place in Hampton roads..I have high expectations lol thanks again for swapping with me!
Response: Maybe your next career is opening an excellent pizza place. I'm glad you like what I sent and I enjoy swapping with you too.
Comment: Thank you Meredith! I received this on the very day I was leaving for my trip so I took it with me. I was able to open it on my time off but only just got back last night. I love everything as usual! Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. It sounds like you had a quick trip. I've glad you like everything.
Comment: Omg! This package is amazing! I love how everything is wrapped individually. It was like having multiple small packages with many kawaii surprises :) I was surprised by the new sticker sack because that's so generous of you! I love that design and I was actually thinking of buying more of that design! You read my mind xD Thank you so so so much!!!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like everything. My packing in smaller parcels is to keep everything from shifting and getting corners bent. And our messages back and forth are a huge help.
Comment: Thank you for your wonderful PC from Japan. I wish I could have come there with you. Please can you tell me how you added your return address. Did you use an ink pad and stamp as it is on your PC as if it was imposed.
Response: You're welcome. Where I bought the self-inking return address stamp: http://www.papersource.com/personalized_gifts/custom_stamps.html and they are 25% off now.
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card. I so much love Fruits. I have their Gothic&Lolita book. Any addition always makes me happy. And sorry for the late rating. Life wasn't easy on me lately.
Response: You're welcome. I have a whole box of fruits ðŸŒ. When I lost my mother, the Jewish rituals of mourning, good friends, and a good book helped me after her unexpected death. May you find peace with your memories of her. This is the book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_Not_Now,_When%3F_(novel)
Comment: Merdeith, thank you for the postcard and the tale of her. It is interesting I had this postcard and sent it off in one of the swaps, maybe it was to you. Well, it has returned to me and now it will be forever filed in with the other postcards. Shirley
Response: You're welcome. At some point, several years ago, I bought the Pomegranate bargain box of postcards - such a deal! Since I was receiving many in swaps, I put the best like this one away to use later. (About half the box went to Goodwill.) Now it's later and they came out of storage.
Comment: â™¥ â™¥ â™¥ â™¥ Kitties Kitties & more Kitties â™¥ â™¥ â™¥ â™¥
I am guessing the theme is **KITTIES** I love it! Thank you so much. You're the best!!!
P.S. I hope you got all your tasks completed.
Response: You're welcome. I made a last-minute change of my plans, just for you.
Comment: Super choices for me and love how lovely you packaged everything. Thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome. Choices are a bit random. I have a box of open sticker sacks and go through them in order. I dropped the box the other day and now the order is even more random. I like the challenge of flat packing.
Comment: Meredith, thank you for the covered bridge postcard which I did send to you, but no problem, I will take the unwritten one out and put yours in my collection. We are very cold here for us, in the 40's when we should be in the 60's. Shirley
Response: You're welcome. I'm not sure how to manage postcards I receive in blank swaps, short of labeling them all with the sender's ID. I'm glad you have a good solution. Cold weather is good - it kills off all sorts of vermin!
Comment: Thanks for the University of Minnesota postcard. I really need to start talking walks after dinner.
Response: You're welcome. It's 2Â°F at the moment. We aren't walking after dinner and won't until it's a wee bit warmer. A couple of times a week I walk in the Mall of America with a friend, before the stores open.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Valentine! It was so nice to read about the help you're giving your niece with her reading list. I'm constantly sending my niece books that I loved when I was a kid. There are so many amazing books available, too! I still enjoy reading some YA books as well. I just finished 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly. I highly reccommend it. :)
Response: You're welcome. I couldn't find a book Valentine! I will look for 'The Book of Lost Things.'
Comment: Loved the pc. Thanks for the swap & for hosting. I will be driving to the Twin Cities the 20th of this month & be there until the 28th. Hoping that I don't run into any blizzards on my way up there or once I get there. Fingers crossed.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I am driving south, to TX around the same time that you're heading north. I hope I don't run into heavy spring weather and tornadoes that are increasingly common down there.
Comment: I am SO stealing your packing method! And SO many new-to-me-and-going-right-into-the-magic cookbook memos! Nice. =D
Response: I'm glad you like the packing. I am an engineer at heart, and have an efficient packing gene (from my father). I am always looking for ways to improve the packing. I'm glad you like all my new memos.
Comment: Meredith, I always enjoy getting swaps from you and reading what you've been up to. Thanks for the encouragement about getting laid off. I feel a lot better. You sent so many sticker flakes and included a brand new sticker sack. That is way too kind & awfully generous of you. Thank you so much for making me feel better.
Response: I'm so glad all my cheer helped, as intended. Let me know if you need more.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great swap. Was the theme strawberries? LOL I hope I'm Right. Thanks again I love everything you sent.
Response: Yes! It's strawberries. Last time I did this swap, my partner couldn't guess my theme so I was more straightforward this time. I didn't include strawberry-scented girls. I'm glad you like everything and thanks for joining my swap.
Comment: I got your envelope in the mail today! Thank you so much, everything is so cute + well decorated! The sticker flakes had many designs I didnt already have (: and i love the sumikko gurashi envelope + mini memos!
Response: I'm glad you like everything - seems that mail goes west faster than it goes east (to me). I look forward to the arrival of your envelope.
Comment: Your PC of New York City arrived today - great card. Thanks for the great wishes for this New Year that`s already speeding by. I wish the same to you and hope we swap again. Chris crispycritter
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I look forward to swapping with you again too.
Comment: DANG woman! That's a lot of postage! I'm jealous!! =D And using the stamp show stamp was extra awesome! Thanks for joining my swap(s) and for always being wonderful. xoxo
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting the swap. I went through my whole box of open sticker sacks - there are about 60 at the moment - and found every bit of faux postage in the box. And using that stamp show stamp was intentional. I'm glad you noticed that detail.
Comment: Thanks for all the wonderful stickers! =) So many that I didn't have too!
Response: You're welcome. I made littles piles of colors before I signed up for the swap, to make sure I had everything. I left the tiny bags on my desk and added to them as I came across more stickers of the same colors.
Response: You're welcome. It's nice to swap with you again. I look forward to more. I have some fabulous Buddha postcards from our trip to Japan. They need to travel in an envelope because the back has lots of good commentary. They'll wind up in your mailbox one of these days.
Comment: Thank you so much!! I love how you decorate the envelope with stickers, It's such a lovely sight in my mailbox! And all the memos you've sent are fantastic! None of which I have atm, so I really appreciate them! It's a great idea to keep a dating track of your memos, I never thought of that! Oh! And the sticker flakes are sooo cute > _ < I love the clear ones!!! I've never seen clear ones before! Lovely!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad I could send you all that joy! I enjoy using sticker flakes. They land on each envelope somewhat randomly, from a bowl on my desk.
Comment: The recipes you sent seem so yummy! I seriously can not wait to give them all a try! I already have them saved and even printed out to add to my recipe collections. Thank you so much and have a Happy New Year!
P.s. What is the older meaning of LOL for Minnesota? :)
Response: You're welcome. Are you all done with your holiday baking? LOL in MN is Land O Lakes. Outside of MN people see only the butter. It's a large dairy farmers' coop and manufactures dairy products like the cheese powder for Cheetos. A noble business I'd say.
Comment: Thank you for all the lovely flakes, Meredith! I have to admit I admired the Kutusita washi for a while first, though... lol.
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating. I've had that washi tape for several years. I have some Rilikkuma tape too, from the same manufacturer. It was a tiny slice of time when they were available.
Comment: Really cool pc! I knew there was a place to stand like that for the leaning tower of Pisa, that is cool it can be done with the Eiffel Tower. I wonder if you still can or if the land is too built up and blocks it?
Response: I was last in Paris more than 20 years ago - I'm about ready to go now and find the answer to your question (I'm glad you like the postcard)
Comment: Thanks for the interesting pc. Unfortunately the postal machine bent the pc, and smeared your writing. I found myself that hand stamping usually helps in these situations but understand not everyone has the time. Best wishes, Janet
Response: You're welcome. Hand stamping? Having postage stamps hand cancelled? Hand cancelled postcards go through machines anyway, in our area, for sorting. Some postcards travel better than others.
Comment: Hi Meredith! I visited Dachau several years ago and it was a very sad experience. I was quite young, so I don't think I was able to feel wholly the leftover energy there, but nonetheless it left such an impact on me. Thank you for the card reminding me of that time. Have a wonderful week. xo
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Dachau is quite a sad place. It was a hard place to visit and our memories are the memorial.
Comment: Thank you so much for the postcard from Westminster Palace. How wonderful to be able to visit there! I love English historical novels, too. They have a flavor all their own!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I enjoy reading English historical novels too and just for that reason we made a side trip to Bath. I learned that Bath fell out of favour because people got sick and died from bacteria in the water.
Comment: Thanks for the PC. . . the uniforms the RCMP wear always crack me up although I understand why they are the way they are. Yes I do like crime dramas where the good guys win. Thanks again and have a happy week ~~
Response: You're welcome. I suspect the red uniform in modern times is a dress uniform. They look more like state troopers when they are on the job.
Comment: Meredith!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!! I'm in total and complete shock and utter kawaii giddiness! This feels like birthday, Christmas, any-other-special-day rolled into one! I'm the LUCKIEST swapper EVER! Absolutely everything is beyond wonderful - including YOU! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! A zillion hearts to you!! â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥â™¥
Response: (I received my box today.) Thank you so much for hosting this swap. I had a great time putting the package together for you. I'm glad it thrilled you. ðŸ˜Š
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for the heart. I hope you see a covered bridge some day. I'm surprised they aren't building them now - it's less expensive than wiring bridges with electric ice melters.
Comment: Where's MY rice pudding??? And yeah, my studio sometimes gets too hot to be in. Broiling in the summer and freezing in the winter. What's a Pattie to do? =D (Oh, recipe! Thanks!!) (Still pulling off tape. Really, manders, that's a lot of tape!)
I see we have similar tastes in flakes. And where do you buy glassine envelopes???
Thank you for all this food bounty. I'm in Pattie's happy place. =D Let's do it again!!
Response: I reluctantly give up my source: http://etsy.me/1KII3N1. Her website is http://www.cutetape.com
Comment: What a beautiful PC! It is so interesting to see hoe other cultures/countries define a castle/palace and the difference in the architecture. This one is just lovely. Thank you so much ~~
Response: You're welcome. It was a fascinating tour. The castle has "nightingale" floors (just like our house). They were built to creak when walked on so that no one could sneak through the palace. There's a good Wikipedia article about them.
Comment: Good god a Friday woman! How much did you send me??? And, for the record, you always have the best stickers "wasted!" on your envelopes! I'm glad you broke down and used a letter set for me. One less!! lol Thanks for all the swag. You're the bestest.
Response: I'm glad you like it. When my spouse sees letters going into the mail covered with stickers he invariably says, oh, that's what they're for. He knows they are not wasted.
Comment: Thank you so much for this wonderful card. Amazing that in the year 749 they started building this Image of the Buddha with only human power. So impressive. Have fun at school this fall, I love seniors tuition rates!! Many choices are free here.
Response: You're welcome. In Japan I learned that they celebrate in the Shinto religion - marriages and such, and Buddhists when life is difficult. People are buried as Buddhist. I visited a temple in Tokyo that has rows of statues in memory of babies who died. In any case, the Buddhist temples there are amazing.
Comment: OMG the selection you sent, AMAZING as always! Good luck on your biscuits! I dont know how many times Ive tried recipes before getting them perfect <3
Response: You're welcome. I make perfect biscuits with all-white flour. It's the challenge of making whole wheat biscuits that are just as good. My blue cornbread is excellent too - bright blue when I make it with buttermilk. Though not in this hot hot weather - now it's fritters and pancakes.
Comment: Thank you for all of the wonderful sticker flakes. A lot of old ones that I've never seen before. Have a safe trip, Meredith!
Response: You're welcome. I'm home safely. I stopped often to stretch and look at something besides the road. Several stops for good barbecue. (Though Gate's is not a favorite - that honor goes to Joe's Kansas City) I didn't stop at the action figure museum in OK.
Comment: Meridith...thank you for the lovely black and white...the little bee in the corner is the icing on the cake...how cute!!!! It is rare to find a swapper who has actually heard of this part of NY state..lol It is a beautiful rural area that I just love this time of year but question my sanity to have retired here when the WINTER comes!! Hope you are enjoying your spring...thanks for hosting this fun simplistic swap!...Charlene
Response: You're welcome and thanks for joining my swap. That part of New York is like Minnesota - we are glad when spring finally arrives. I keep suggesting to my spouse that we retire to Costa Rica or India. Why doesn't he take me seriously?!!
Comment: It always a pleasure to receive from you! I loved all the envies and the lovely letter! <3
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Last night I made brownies to take to an all-day meeting today. I call the recipe my don't ask-don't tell because you really don't want to know what's in them to enjoy them.
Comment: I'm very happy to tell you that your envelope arrived earlier this week (just couldn't find the time to rate before the weekend - sorry!). Looks like it just took a while longer than usual - I'm really happy it didn't get lost as I really like the cards you've send for the swap :) Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad it finally arrived. It must have been on the slow boat. â›µ
Comment: Thank you so much Meredith! I don't have those panda flakes. I enjoy reading about how you are doing. I went to St. Thomas but had many friends who went to U of M.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the ðŸ’—. Are you from Minnesota? Or is this something I knew and forgot? 3 more weeks of classes and labs, 2 more homework assignments and a final exam, then I'll enjoy spring. No more swapping now until after my final.
Comment: Hope it warms up where you are! Thank you!!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Here it is almost a month since you rated my postcard, and the temps, if anything, sink lower all the time. I feel it because I walk outside quite a bit now, to bus stops and from one building to another when I'm on campus.
Comment: Wow. It's like a puzzle box in here. LOVE the onigiri envelope, that's going right into the cookbook...along with the too cute mini memos! Oh, and look, flakes! Thank you so much for spoiling me. And yeah, grilled mochi is pretty bland. Just be careful to not choke on it.
Response: I enjoy spoiling people - I wish I could spoil you with my cooking sometime
Comment: Thanks for the sticker flake bags, Meredith -- I'll move them along as quickly as possible. The Mindwave fairy-tale sticker sack was a nice surprise. And your notes are always special. âš˜âš˜âš˜ THANK YOU âš˜âš˜âš˜
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I hope your Thanksgiving was yummy ðŸœ and friendly.
Comment: Thanks for resending as I didn't get it the first time. Love you addition of photos. We agree about a lot of things. I hope you'll get to Botswana, not only is Victoria Falls fantastic (technically in Zimbabwe, over the border) bu Chombe national park is full of elephants and plenty fo giraffes too.
Response: Thanks for the rating and the heart. I keep checking Airbnb lodgings in Botswana. There are a few!
Comment: Thank you for all the wonderful kawaii goodies and for your super nice note! The note itself was a real treat; I wanted to be at your house smelling that bread baking! I haven't had real homemade sourdough bread in a lot of years.... Now you've given me the bug to try making it myself! :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. After buying a starter and nursing it along - it's called a mother and is the butt of endless jokes now - I would not have done that. Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything has a simple recipe to start your own - I would have done that. His recipes are reliable. (My first source for cookbooks is the library.)
Comment: Hello Meredith, thank you for the "D" postcard. The incredible statues, detailed, lifelike, remind me of my university days when I practiced drawing from plaster casts of human figures, marble busts & statues. Fun alphabet PC swap.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. In college I memorized such statues for classical archaeology courses. I probably would have remembered better if I'd drawn them!
Comment: Never visited a concentration camp, but when I was in Berlin a number of people told to make it a separate trip if only for the sheer emotional overload.
Response: My synagogue has a group tour of concentration camps in Poland every other year. Maybe some year I'll go. We visited two very different camps in Germany, days apart. The first, empty save for my nephew, my niece and I, opened our eyes and hearts. A few days later, Dachau was scorching.
Comment: Hanukkah Night #1: I opened the wrapped gift. Thank you for such a kawaii letter set!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
Hanukkah Night #5: Thank you for the extra memo pad of the kawaii platypus!!! It is sooooo cute! I love it!!
Thanks for such cute packages!! I love surprises so I might just not open the extra one. Its cool that you included one to open now!! I'll try to update this after opening them!
Response: You're welcome. I'm impressed that you aren't itching to tear off all the paper.
Comment: Thank you for the card and quote of NYC, you really didnt need to resend the postal system being what it is i don't stress.
I always think best. Love NYC lived there about 10 years thank you agian
Response: I sent another postcard Friday. I hope it lands safely in Maine soon.
Comment: HoWdYâ€¦. nice to "c" you haha and I love CASTLES so thank you so very much for this beautiful oneâ€¦.. We were in Germany in 2012 and close to Berlin but didn't tour there YETâ€¦..will some day thoughâ€¦. Thank you so much for this! Happy Swappingâ€¦..
Response: You're welcome. Do give yourself a week in Berlin, with lots of time to wander. It's a fabulous city.
Comment: Thanks for the line from Moosewood! It is here in Ithaca - we had our wedding "rehersal" dinner there.
Response: You're welcome. It's actually the first line from a new cookbook by the author of Moosewood. I wish I'd had dinner at Moosewood when I was working in Corning - it was just too much of a drive after a long workday.
Comment: Thank youf or all the lovely goodies and extras! I just love your notes too! I am kind of glad I do not need to rake leaves since it's that time of year haha.
Response: I'm glad you like the sentimental goodies and the note. I raked a small area yesterday and filled 7 leaf bags. I'm listening to a good book now - that helps keep me from counting until I'm done.
Comment: What an amazing profile package. I love everything you sent and have already used some of the stationary/envelopes to write a friend. I was so excited to use them. Everything else I have taken out a few times to handle and look at. THANK YOU, Thank You, thank you....
I can smell all those great meals you are cooking all the way in the Rocky Mountains!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I enjoyed assembling the package for you. Can I visit you in the Rocky Mtns? I've never been.
Comment: Wow! That sounds like an interesting Toy Museum. My grand daughters would love to see the rooms full of Barbies. Thanks!
Response: It was interesting - the most interesting Barbie was one showing the baby in her womb - not one I've seen in the US. We did not visit the toy museum in NÃ¼rnberg with German toys. I saw the doll collection at the Salamanca Spain museum some years ago, with lots of kewpie dolls.
Comment: OMG! I wish I could give you more 5s and hearts. So many flakes! Thank you thank you! Haha, at first I thought the sasme thing 4 partners 100 flakes each. okay I can do that. Then I read it slowly and saw what it really was. I sent extras but you sent OMG 100 I'm in love!
Response: You're welcome - you received the windfall because I'm a bit lazy and did not want to undo all that work - I'm glad you read the description first :-D
Comment: What a great postcard. I love this kind of photography(? - I guess it could be a painting). The museum sounds awesome!
Response: I'm glad you like it. I like these kinds of cards too. I did not see the original and it's in a different museum than I visited - Fotoarchiv Ruhr Museum, Essen. It's probably leftover in the shop from a past show.
Comment: Oh Meredith! What an amazing parcel. You always go above and beyond every swap and I am grateful for that. I of course, did pop a thank you in the mail for that one :)!
Im off to go swim in my flakes now :)
Response: You're welcome. After all that work I did not want to tear everything apart. 8-D and thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for the fun items you chose for the opposites themes (you thought of some neat ones); it will be fun to use them all. I loved your awesomely tape decorated envelope too. :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I had fun finding opposites that weren't in the swap description. All that tape is kawaii tape - the people in the post office love, love, love it too. Perhaps you'd like some kawaii next time I send to you?
Comment: Thank you for the pc...I really liked the variety of stamps on it. I dont own an original Kate Greenaway book but I am always on the look out! I like the flea markets also :) Have a lovely day!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I'm glad you like the postage stamps too. And flea markets are much less dangerous than eBay, because I must carry everything I buy - no cart.
Comment: Thanks for the pc you sent! I have added my flakes and have it set aside! Your day sounded like it was pretty full! I got the pc on Saturday- I spent the day at the grocery store, took a nap because my stomach hurt and then ended up going to a work function at an area minor league baseball game! It was super busy!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. We had a quiet weekend at home - the one time I ventured out of our neighborhood I was stuck in state fair traffic. It's over now, until next year.
Comment: Thank you for your Sempe card. I thought you drew it. Hubby was a cyclist and recently this week, he was in the house walking nude waiting for laundry to be completed. I laughed when I saw your card and said this could be him (no moustache though). What a treat :P
Comment: Imagine my surprise when I opened your envelope :D I always look forward to hearing about the recent and upcoming events in your life. I giggled when I saw all the pink themed sticker flakes you sent to me and reminded me of when I sent you sticker flakes last and you told me glad I was getting away from my usual pink stuff haha =p thank you very so much Meredith! You always send the absolutely best kawaii!
Comment: Such a fun envie to open! I love that tape you use on your swaps! I need to get myself some! It has been a while since we last swapped! Maybe we'll see each other more over the next few months :)
Response: You're welcome! Yes, it's been a while. I'm away most of July, to Prague and Germany. Perhaps a private swap in August?
Comment: Thanks so much for the resend! I love Alphonse Mucha! AND the painted bunting stamp is gorgeous! I would love to hear more about your trip to Europe! It sounds grand! Hugs from Alaska,Sherry
Response: Hi Sherry - You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I'm glad the postcard arrived so quickly and that you like it. When I get back I'll add a link at the top of my profile to "share" my trip with everyone.
Response: I'm glad you like the card. The book is a memoir, and novels distract me. I'll read it by the book club meeting on the 23rd. I listen to audio books when I work in the garden - and there are no pages to count!
Comment: Beautiful, amazing, well thought out packaging. I was amazed and very pleased with my very first whimsy jar/box. It's honestly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Packed full with cabs & goodies!! ;)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart! I was happy to not build a matchbox and your profile made it easy to find stuff to put into it.
Comment: Thank you for the oh so cute selection! Will miss you while you take your swapping break :(
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I'm traveling with my niece, a photographer, and we'll come home with fabulous photos rather than postcards. Then I can spend a bit of money on swapping again. 8-D
Comment: I totally forgot to rate you, sorry!
Very cute envy :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. I'm trying to clear out all my odds and ends by mid-June so I can dive into a party and a trip without cares and responsibilities. Now I have the sending end of a sticker flake tag sitting out there and hope someone will tag me soon!
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely note with the sticker bags and postage stamps. Amazingly, it has been around sixty degrees the last few days, I am not complaining, I am not ready for one-hundred plus degree weather. Thank you for the lovely swap!
Response: You're welcome - PM me if you'd like more postage stamps. It's rainy and 50's today - a perfect time to catch up my swaps. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thanks for the great card, I love the Puffin-ones and while I don't particularly collect them they are one of my favorites to receive :) The stamp is great too! And it's the same here in Finland, only money matters right?
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Having the stamp and the postcard was a lucky coincidence. I check for postcards and stamps before I sign up for these swaps 8-D
Comment: Thanks for the card! It's nice to hear about your trip to France and my region! There are many things to see related to geology around here indeed. Have a nice weekend! :)
Response: You're welcome. The weekend weather is sunny and cool. I'll rake outside for a while and otherwise I'm getting ready to host my book club. The book was so-so. The dessert I plan to make is fabulous.
Comment: WAHHHHH! What a lovely swap! You are feeding this addiction! I think I'm in too deep to get out! â™¥ LOVE THE TAPES!
Response: I'm glad you like them and thanks for the heart. I have too many new rolls of tape and am sending off duplicates in swaps like this. The SASE RAK I did for sticker sacks wouldn't work so well for tapes.
Comment: LOVE them ALL Meredith! Also Since I live in LA there are so many Sample sales on purses, I HATE them, I have such tight budget and when they come out with them, i want to die! Like there's a Tokidoki one the first weekend of May, UGH! I has no moneys :(
Response: Thanks for the heart. So you live in Handbag Heaven. It's just as well I don't because my spouse would put me on a tight budget. One new handbag a year doesn't drive him crazy, two do. I wish I could carry Tokidoki - it's just too much for work. So I have a Sanrio Original pencil case in my more business-like handbag.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postcard!! Despite the fact that I hate Winter, it seems like there may actually be fun events with all the snow! :D <3
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. Winter events help us ignore the cold. Lots of ice fishing too. People say Xmas decorations help make the days longer - they go up Thanksgiving weekend and stay up until February, when days are perceptibly longer.
Comment: Sorry to be so late with ratings, Meredith. Love the O'Keeffee! And whole bunches of thanks for the packet of Kawaii stuff... I've never looked at K. because I'm not much of a "cute" lover - but now I understand!
This is great stuff - I'm going to have fun with this. Thank you.
Response: You're welcome. I glad we didn't go into the third round of resending. And I'm glad you like the kawaii - it's not My Little Pony cute - that isn't my style either.
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful postcard of a Chinese temple in autumn. Happy swapping!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. We hiked through the park in the summer. It has many temples, and lots of people visiting. The park had wide asphalt walks to accommodate the crowds. It's a lovely place to visit.
Comment: Beautiful waterfall PC. . . I do so love them and always think about standing under one every time I see one or even a picture of one. We're expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight & tomorrow and I'm hoping this will be the last for this year! Thanks again for the lovely PC and have a great week ~~
Response: Have you visited frozen waterfalls this winter? You're welcome and thanks for the heart.
Comment: Love the postcard of Eleanor Roosevelt that you sent. Thanks so much! We stopped for lunch at a pub across the street from the Roosevelt Mansion in Hyde Parkâ€¦ wish we'd have had more time to explore when we were thereâ€¦ it is right on the shore of the Hudson Riverâ€¦ a beautiful place!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. The best part of our visit was touring Val-Kill Cottage. Franklin built it for Eleanor as a place to retreat from her mother-in-law. Now I'm looking for a good biography.
Comment: Thank you for your card & stamps... hand-cancelled :-) but the card was in the ink too ;-) take a look : http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=meredith&d=taken-20140313-20140313&ss=2&ct=5&mt=all&w=58993966%40N00&adv=1
Response: Yuck! That's the worst I've seen. I have other cards in the set - shall I send another?
Comment: Nice postcard -- did they give you samples at The World of Coca-Cola? I prefer Pepsi but also try Coke now & then.
Response: Samples were the best part - they had a big room full of soda machines and cups, with Coca-Cola products from all over the world. It was fun to taste lots and fun to watch the kids taste lots.
Comment: I love your little notes that you send in swaps!!!! They always make me smile! Cutest stickers ever and I absolutely ADORE the Alice PC you sent them attached to! <3
Response: I'm glad you enjoy my little notes - it's an opportunity to think about what I'm thinking about. Recently that means a whine about the weather. The Alice postcards are off-brand kawaii and nice anyway. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: Thank you for such a lovely swap! I love the Koi flakes!!!! <3 <3 <3
Response: You're welcome - I was glad to find round ones in that sticker sack. In Japan, indoors, they were in rectangular tanks, except one memorable sighting - in the lobby of our hotel on a television (video).
Comment: Hi Meredith!!
Many many many thanks for the resend on this swap! I got it in the mail today when I got home from work! Great chocolate choices! Let me know if there's something I can send you as a thanks!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. I'm glad we got it sorted out.
Comment: I think I know what the theam is, is it "Letter"?! I love all the stickers, especially the hamster ones :) thank you so much.
Response: Letter is right, or as I came to think of it while I was collecting sticker flakes, You've Got Mail! I'm glad you could guess correctly, you're welcome, and thanks for the heart and joining my swap.
Comment: Great choice of card and stamp Meredith, I like it very much, I have seen and liked the film it was sweet! Super puffin stamp too, these quirky birds are a delight to see when they visit each year nearby my hometown. Thankyou very much for reading my profile and sending me something to make me smile :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. My other USPS postcards are Scenic American Landscapes... next swap. I only see puffins when I go bird watching in Maine in the winter.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card from Auckland New Zealand. It is also still below zero here in Goshen today. I am so ready for spring and warm weather. We haven't had a winter this cold for several years.
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. It's warmed up here in Minneapolis, to the 20's. It's too windy for open coats though. Temps are all over the place, below zero at night.
Comment: Meredith- Thank you! I love the beautiful "love who you are" postcard! I'm always open for a private postcard swap or tag! just message me :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart. That was my last Papaya postcard and it looked perfect for you. Message me with what you have in mind for a private swap. I'm never sure where to start.
Comment: I love your envelopes, btw. And the stamps! Somehow I missed the new love stamp... And the swap (yes, yes, I was getting there) I also had a hard time with the flakes. Too many popular seriesssss. Is there a plural for series? lol Thanks for joining my silly swap, and for sending the most awesome goodies!! XOXOXOXO
Response: Series is probably a mass noun like deer. I'll ask my spouse. I suppose less popular characters weren't in the clique of popular kids in school. Thanks for hosting.
Comment: Oh wow! i loved my package. thanks for the note. i am jealous of your art museum trip, it makes me wish i too could see it. amazing what statements can come through from what appears to have not much to do with the subject on the surface. it is always nice to see an idea or subject through another's process, even if it is not a pleasant sight or subject. challenges outside the norm are always welcome. I will forever keep the card you sent too! i adore it all. lots o' hearts to you- dragonbait
Response: I'm glad you like your package. Of course I go to more museums on vacation than I do at home - it's nice to make a local trip. I enjoy writing notes with my swaps.
Comment: This is simply the best, most thoughtful swap ever, Meredith. I'm so amazed by the kawaii, the fabrics, the trims, the postcard. It's all perfect -- and so you. I could not ask for happier mail today!
âš˜âš˜âš˜ Thank you âš˜âš˜âš˜
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like all the bits. I had great fun gathering and packing the swap.
Comment: I love the card. Your weather sounds really cold to me.
Response: I'm glad you like the card. Our weather not only sounds cold, it is cold. It's long underwear, hat *and* hood weather just now, with strong winds and more snow. And a few days ago we had open coat weather, in the 20's. Yes, we in Minnesota talk about the weather a lot!
Comment: Love the "warm" postcard. It is cold here and snowing again today. I am ready for warm weather and spring!
Response: I'm dreaming of a trip south - far south - today it's a hat and hood and jaywalking day - lots of blustery wind and temps are dropping. Yes, Minnesotans talk about the weather all the time. :-)
Comment: Thank you so much! The letter sets are so cute and all new for me :D I love all the stickers you included too, thank you again! Happy swap-filled new year! xx edit: the decorated envie you sent was adorable, it really brightened my day :)
Response: You're welcome. I enjoy using kawaii as much as swapping it. I'm not a collector, for which my spouse is grateful.
Comment: =D Well, it's here. I haven't opened it yet...just in case I need to pass it along, but I'm hopin', and looking forward to, keepin' it!! =D Thanks for joining the insanity! ETA: Opened it. You deserve a skillion hearts! I truly am amazed at the amount of kawaii you sent me. Totally Christmas all over!! XOXOXOX
Response: Would you pass it along as an angel? If that's the situation, I'll work with you to figure out another way to handle it. You of all people (the persistent host in the face of...) should keep your envelope nest.
Comment: What a lovely postcard! It seems like a great trip. I'd love to visit London some day. I've had friends who have visited and loved it. Thank you for the awesome PC and I hope that you have a fantastic weekend :)
Response: I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the rating and the heart.