Swap-bot Time: May 16, 2021 7:13 am


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: May 15, 2021
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated FEB, 22, 2021, Time for an update

I dont read my emails often, I do read the pms here, many times a day. So Pm me here, first.

I will have been married 33 years, as of, Jan 2021. We used to be foster parents. We took guardianship of 5 siblings in 2002. YEAH! they are all adults now. We are not birth controlled challenged or of any religion or belief that would cause me to give birth 8 times. I stopped birthing babies after 3. (It was not fun anyway) Being a foster parent is really about saving one life at a time. or in my case 5 kids from the same mom. It is like going on a missions trip but you stay home and your house is really messy and your hair is frizzy.

My nickname AZmom875 started, because I was counting down, first 8 kids then 7 and I knew in 2007 the 2 boys would graduate HS and move out and we would be down to 5 kids at home. Oh right!!!! Everyone of these kids have boomeranged back more than once. I have 2 adult, former foster, still living with me, Junior, age 32. He moved back in with me OCT of 2019, as he in need of a kidney transplant. He will need our help over the next year to two. We keep thinking after he moves out, we might start all over again and be GRANDfoster parents, as we have zero, nada, zilch, grandkids. We will see, were are pretty tired as parenting doesnt seem to stop just because the kids become 18. Our second adult child, Cearra, at home just boomeranged back FEB 2021. She has tried to make it in the real world and just hasnt figured it out yet.

I am CastleQueen5 over on atcsforall.com. Some of you know me over on that website. When I joined there. I wanted a name that didn't reflect my identity being tied up in my role as a mother. I bet some of you can understand that. So I chose to be the Castle Queen. The name came about because, a neighbor told me that I was the Queen of my Castle and my foster kids really need to treat me better, maybe even as the queen of this castle. It stuck with me.

My husband and I are both Cancer survivors, I had breast cancer in 2015, and he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer, in 2017. (He always has to out do me). He successfully has made it past the 2 year mark, of a Stem cell transplant from a stranger. I can not thank you enough, those of you 18-44 who have joined the Bethematch.org donor bank, with your simple cheek swab. A stranger from Germany saved his life. If you have ever donated blood, I also thank you. He was in need of red blood cells (and sometimes platelets), every month for months, before his transplant. Thank you!

pets and postcards

We have 4 rescued dogs and 3 cats, and are non smokers. Pet hair seems to abound in my house.

I really dont think I want anything for my pets. The dogs like treats and so do the cats, but I can buy them myself. BUT I do love cat postcards and atcs. Dogs? Meh! Ok dogs too.

I am Azmom875, on postcrossing.com, so I do collect postcards. Lately I have been enjoying hand made postcard. I also like just about every type of touristy postcard, Fave themes are Cats, clocktowers, windmills, old postcards where the cars are really old, and dated. Yes, those faded ones. I like the old tacky vintage postcards. They make me smile. Ones with images of a motel, or old scene. I also collect ad cards, which is another odd thing, I guess. Again they just make me smile. I really do not like those postcards you can color, mainly cause I dont like adult coloring. It is not my thing. I cant seem to stay in the lines. Go figure.

ATC card likes and dislikes

FOR ATC cards: I would HEART: Zebras, Sunflowers, cats, Coffee, Lattes; used postage stamps, butterflies, tea, tea cups, tea pots, fall leaves, trees, snails or snails delivering mail, as in Snail mail.

Other themes that are appreciated are penguins, maps or book pages as backgrounds, buttons, vintage, retro, quirky, zetti, frogs, dachshunds, alligators, mice.

I have been collecting Altered playing cards= APCs, Decks with these themes: Cacti. Zebras, It is too long to list the suits and numbers I still need. Contact me for that.

I dont like Pin up girls or nudes, but do collect cards with females that are positive or quirky.

I dont collect atcs with holiday themes even though I celebrate holidays. I like to collect non holiday themed cards, like a Bat or black cat card but not in a Holiday theme

I do collect the Weird or Bizarre Holiday cards. I like Christmas in July stuff.

I dont like Halloween atc cards, but I like pumpkins (not jack o lanterns), black cats, fall leaves, I LOVE FALL LEAVES CARDS, any black birds, scarecrows or sunflowers in a fall theme.

I dont collect atcs with Easter bunnies or Easter eggs or baskets, but rabbits, spring flowers, chickens, Crosses or Easter lilies are fine.

I dont collect St Patrick's Day, Valentines day or 4th of July atc cards, any thing patriotic, but I like green, and hearts, and love it when people make a mandala from ugly patriotic stamps.

What brings me Joy

I like items with Zebras, cats, sunflowers, coffee tea, teapots, Geigo Gecko, Black bears as themes

I like the cancelled postage stamps and esp like those with butterflies and sunflowers, hummingbirds.

If you can make Address Labels, I would love that. My computer is a MAC, so when I make labels with Avery, I can only do like 2 different images. BORING! And it doesnt line up correctly.

I do love coffee, esp flavored coffee, except Irish cream. Coffee and K cups are welcomed. I like most teas, except Jasmine and Rose. I am not fond of plain chamomile, mint or green teas, but love them in blends. I like spicy teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas.

For the stuff envelope swap, I mainly make atc cards now, so smaller items that will fit on 3.5x2.5 area. vintage, faces, clocks, animals, silk or paper flowers,paper punches.

I use a lot of chap stick, lip balm items, and lotions, and candles (of all sizes but tapers,) But it is too hot to send that stuff April to OCT. They melt in the packages and make a mess.


I am not real fond of Holidays or Patriotic themes when it comes to ATCS or Paper goods swaps, buttons or notepads or ribbons.

I celebrate and enjoy holidays, but I really dont want any holiday items for scrapbooking, atcs or other papercrafts.

I esp dont like Halloween or Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs.

Please dont send me Holiday stuff, I will just save it to pass onto someone else cause I cant just throw things away, it goes against the pack rat hoarders oath.

I like wacky holiday and Christmas in July.

Favorite Movies

I just love time travel movies, I find them awesome: Peggy Sue got married, Premonition, Back The Future Series, Frequency, Lake House, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Somewhere in Time, and Butterfly Effect...

I like chick flicks, I avoid scary movies, because they give me nightmares; but I will watch anything John Cusack is in, even a rated R movie like Identity and 1408 both which still gives me the willies at night when I think about the movies

Favorite Books

I am on bookmooch.com see link above, and Paperbackswap.com I have a bookcrossing.com and a goodread.com account. I am Azmom875 on all 4 sites.

I can read one book in one day or in a few hours. I can average 60 to 100 pages an hour.

I like mysteries, cozy mysteries esp if they are well done, Magical mysteries, time travel novels, I mostly like Women's fiction, quirky non fiction, or a good Memoir... I like some Christian fiction, but please have a plot, build some real characters or dont waste my time. I dont like the Christian Historical or amish books.

I like chic lit if the girls are not too insipid and slutty. I also like the 40 year old finding themselves after a crisis, kinda like HEN lit, but really just womens fiction. Tell me a good story, tell me a secret, give it a twist at the end. Show me true love not based on lust or throbbing in stupid bodily places. Dont waste my time, life is too short to read sub-par books. I also dont need blood, and gore, and unnec, graphic smut, and unnec. F bombs to find adult fiction enjoyable, but sure do love a good laugh, books that find that perfect blend between love and bedroom. I can tolerate paranormals that about time travel, people with the abilities to see ghosts, or talk to pets. Not into vampires, werewovles, demon hunters, shape shifters.

I do love craft books about quilting, scrapbooking, rubberstamps, or making atcs.

Teas I like

I do like to swap tea. I like red, black, white,chai and herbal teas regular or decaf I drink both.
I love spice teas, fruity teas, oolong, chocolate, I like yogi, good earth, and traditional medicinals, plus they have fun things on their tags.

I dont care for plain chamomile, mint nor green tea, but they are great in blends of other flavors. Jasmine tea is too flowerly and perfumey for me. I cant gag down the matcha or matte teas.

If you send me a tea I might not like, I will just pass it on, so dont stress about it.

About Me

THEMES that bring me joy.

A- alligators, ants, animals, apple scented things, avocados, acorns

B- butterflies, black bears, brown bears, buttons, birds, borders for paper crafting, books,

C- cats, coffee, cacti, clocks, clocktowers, crowns,

D- dogs, dachshunds, deer, daisies, desert in bloom,

E- elephants, eggplants,

F- Fish, esp on atcs, I have not idea why, Flowers, fall leaves,

G- GEIGO GECKO, green is my favorite color. all green atcs.

H- heather plant, Hawaii


J -Jackalopes

K- kangaroos,

L- lemons. lace,

M- mice,



P- pumpkins but not jack-o-lanterns, Pumpkins scented things, Pumpkin spice things, postcard (see likes above), Playing card (5s, jokers, and Face card esp)

Q queens, quilts,


S- snakes are fine, I am not afraid. snowflakes, snowmen,

T- Tim holtz, trees,

U- umbrellas,

V- vintage

W- wings on people and dogs

X xenophobia depicted in art.


Z -zebras,


Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute flowers. I love the variety of paper chosen and you even sent along some foliage. Love it all!
Comment: Thank you very much for the scarf! Have a great week! Stay safe and be well!
Comment: Love it! Thanks for the AZ pc! Also, your plans to visit our small town sound wonderful! I read it to my husband; we both were delighted and learned something new! We didn't know of the Springtown Legends Museum. We've only lived here for 3 yrs., lol, having moved from Ft. Worth, TX. We did see one Wild West Fest, though. As for the statistics about the households, maybe that's just for the small downtown area, or it needs updating, because in the last two years it's b(l)oomed with peeps! Most moving from CA. So much development! We were trying to get away from that & live in the country! (Sigh.) Well, we can understand the lure; our county & residents are awesome!
Arabella rated for TFT- Beauty of the Bee Mini PL on May 7, 2021
Comment: Great pockets, Heather! Love all the happy bees and love Stash tea! Don't think I have tried that flavor but looking forward to it! The Trader Joe's tea looks yummy, too! Thank you!!
myancey rated for Alphabet cardboard PC Y is for on Apr 9, 2021
Comment: Heather thanks for the yogurt cardboard. Love it. It’s way too hot for me where u r at. Lol. Take care
Comment: LOL so that was a swap? LOL aND here all this time I thought you were just thinking of me. LOLOLO no where did it say the name of the swap LOL. i'VE seen alot of interesting postcards but this one is my favourite! Oh wait, I just found the name of the swap note. LOLOLOLOLOL. THATS too funny. Thank you MIss Heather. and glad youre staying.
myancey rated for V is for.... Postcard swap on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Love the v. Great choice. Thanks. Hoping Y is here Monday. Happy Easter friend!😊
Comment: Thank you very much for the books that you sent. I love to read books and will add them to my list of ones to read in 2021. I have a goal of reading 10 books this year; not sure how it will go since I am already behind.
Comment: Thanks for this simply beautiful PC! Thanks too for hosting this fun swap! We had snow, rain, sunshine and wind today! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
myancey rated for W is for .... PC on Mar 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the Waterloo chunk. We have never really liked it. Thanks.
Comment: love the card. Finding a card with only the wise men was harder than I thought.
Comment: Thank you for the dove Post card. I'm ready for the warm temps of spring
myancey rated for X Alphabet cardboard PC on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: Heather thanks and love that you found an x spelled the wrong right way and I hope that makes sense!!!! Lol. I hope my beer one shows up soon too 😊❤️
marclively rated for Event Ads # 2 on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks Heather!
RoBeastRo rated for Map postcard from my state #1 on Mar 16, 2021
Comment: I have friends in Tucson. Haven't been out to visit but did visit AZ back in the late 1990's. I have considered moving there or New Mexico when my daughter graduates, but haven't settled yet. The list of options is kinda long and fluctuates frequently. Think I need to visit again. Thanks for the postcard! =)
vick302000 rated for AAA: Clear the Stash #2 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thanks bunches.
Comment: What a beautiful card! Love the yellow, blue and glitter. Well, I’ve lived in Florida and I will take our winters over the HOT weather all the time. You can only take so many clothes off, lol. Our hyacinths are up and I can’t wait for them to bloom. Thanks for the card and the nice note ~ take care, Judy.
georgiafae rated for X Alphabet cardboard PC on Mar 8, 2021
Comment: I didn't know Jolly Time Popcorn was still around. Colorful postcard! Thanks for swapping-Take care!
grammypammy rated for Give a Heart, get a Heart.!!!! on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: I also love Artist Trading Cards and it's my favorite papercraft to create! Have fun creating!
debtea2 rated for TFT- Irish Tea Party on Mar 3, 2021
Comment: Wow talk about an amazing package You really spoiled me with al! The goodies Lots of hearts and smiles for all fun things you crammed in there . Thank you so much your a wonderful partner.and a great member. Wishing you a happy st. Paddys day Hugs

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Brandahlena on May 15, 2021:

Hi :)

Poohtat on May 14, 2021:

Thank you for the junk/clutter RAK. There are some goodies in here.

Autist on Apr 18, 2021:

Been thinking about you lots. Miss our chats. Hope you are doing okay. Drop me a line. We want to know if you need anything. Love, Evan

chimerix on Apr 6, 2021:

OMG! I just opened the birthday card you sent. WOW! Thank you for all of the different space stamps. They are wonderful! Thank you for making my birthday spacey! Aloha

kittyhahahotbot on Apr 5, 2021:

Happy Easter! Thank you for thinking of me!

Kirkdebb on Apr 4, 2021:

Thank you for your March Rak #6, adult coloring postcards. I am excited to use these! I have a group where we take turns coloring these type of postcards, then they get sent back to you! It's so much fun, and I'm so happy to get more to work on!

K8thecrafter on Mar 31, 2021:

I just figured out why I got minion ATC's in the mail LOL! I'll ship them to purple24 tomorrow. It was truly a surprise and took me a little while to figure out. I think we all send the wrong thing to the wrong person at some point. :) All is good.

kaypendragon on Mar 22, 2021:

I love the kitty easter card - thanks!

chimerix on Mar 16, 2021:

Thanks so much for the birthday card and stamps. Aloha!

AWG March Wishilist

ChrisAnne on Mar 16, 2021:

Thank you for the slothtastic wish from A Wish Granted. Your generosity seriously blessed me.

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