Swap-bot Time: July 30, 2021 9:37 pm


Date Joined: August 21, 2008
Last Online: July 30, 2021
Birthday: November 5
Country: United States
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Updated May 29, 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 parented 8 Plus kids. 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 1 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.

JUNIOR got a live kidney donated kidney May 20th, 2021 from a stranger in a paired live donation.

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!

I was diagnosed with stage 3-c ovarian cancer. in August of 2020. I am pretty close to being cancer free. Then I have a once a month maintenance chemo for a year. None of this has effected my swapping, so I never mentioned it before May of 2021. I felt kind of sad that I got another type of cancer when I was close to my 5 year mark for the breast cancer. And really didnt want to talk about it too much.

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: Whaaaaaaaat? 106? What on earth do you do to kool off? Ya know, that Jackalope p.c I always thought, by the scale, I thought it was a humor card. Ya know, like the catfish thats the size of the houseboat? LOLOLOLO The scale makes the JACK look like Godzillo. LOLOLOL
Comment: Thank you for the stamps, there are many new ones for my collection :))
Comment: Thanks for the nice collection of postage for my reptiles to chew on :^) I was especially glad to see the cherry blossom stamps. It was very hard to part with those as postage so it's nice to have a collection of used ones for mailart.
Comment: Great variety of stamps .. you had so many from other countries and I appreciate that … thanks so much
myancey rated for AMMM:Sticker Slapped Postcard on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the really super cool sticker pc. It’s been awhile since I have seen u in my 📫 take care
grammypammy rated for RAKS ~ July on Jul 26, 2021
Comment: You have went above and beyond for this swap! Thank you so much for all that you have sent for the homeless ministry and the goodies for me! Hope you join in next month! Hugs, Pam
Comment: Thank you
YooperHill rated for AAA: SC Coin USA/CAN #318443 on Jul 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the sweet coin!
Comment: Hello Miss Hot Fahrenheit, lol, fire friend. How many summer references can I make? LOL Thank you avocado friend. Fun crap stuff. lol
Artistic rated for G.I.F.T. ~ Faith Sister Swap ~ July on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: I am going to read these and then pass them along to a pal who will also enjoy them. Thank you.
Scrapinitblue rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #16 on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Awesome Job!!! Congrats!
Jayofjournals rated for Used Postage Stamps on a Card on Jul 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely card! I enjoyed it to look at the variety of the used postage stamps you used. Thanks again :)
honeyblossom rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: Fun swap
LauraM540 rated for EPUSA- Coin Circle Tag w Pocket on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the cute pockets! I appreciate the extras!
debtea2 rated for DYSC? Cold Coffee mini 3PL on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Awesome. I love it. Your die cuts are so beautiful Thank you so much
aligurl75 rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 11, 2021
prycetag rated for I would join this swap if... on Jul 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the hint on how to add a pic. :)
dcp0112 rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #16 on Jul 8, 2021
Comment: Lucky duck, lost 5lbs...I need to get started on that myself! Have a great weekend!
Dessie0416 rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #16 on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: congrats on your weight loss! keep up the good work
annim rated for HEARTS! HEARTS! #16 on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Congratulations!

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chimerix on Jul 21, 2021:

Thank you so much for the great RAK envelope. I love the Wild Things sticker set, the Coin backgrounds, the skull backgrounds, and the awesome ATC you made for me. A big ALOHA to you.

Poohtat on Jul 20, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome AWG July Pooh mail! Big smile on my face when I opened this envie up. Thank you

debtea2 on Jul 20, 2021:


grammypammy on Jul 20, 2021:

RAKS ~ July

I absolutely love and appreciate you so much! When we meet in heaven I will give you lots of hugs! It would be nice to meet before then, though...lol I received your second RAK and I was so touched by your generosity for the homeless ministry. When I saw those hats and read your note, my heart welled up with tears and emotions. My oldest daughter was here and saw what you sent and I read the note to her, we both just lost it. You are an amazing woman and I am so grateful for what you've sent. You are such a blessing! Thank you for your kind heart and sweet spirit of giving to others!

Hugs and more hugs, Pam

hammondeggs on Jul 19, 2021:

G.I.F.T. Faith Sister July

Tigerlilyknotwise on Jul 18, 2021:

Thank you for the postcard! (AWG) It’s not every day you see a quote from Julius Caesar. I hope you enjoy your visit with your son! :)

hammondeggs on Jul 15, 2021:

From your G.I.F.T. July Faith Sister

Ryleighsmom on Jul 15, 2021:

Thank you so much for the fun birthday mail you sent to Ryleigh via AWG June. She loved the stickers and facemask!!

BlueberryLady on Jul 13, 2021:

Thank you for your nice card and the Stickers. Thoughtful of you to Continue Praying for me.. G.I.F.T

grammypammy on Jul 10, 2021:

RAKS ~ July

What a surprise and joy it was to open the package you sent for the homeless ministry! I was so happy to see so many great items that are needed! Thank you for your kind heart and giving spirit! And I was super excited to see the stamps you sent to me too! I appreciated all of it and wanted to say a big thank you!

Hugs, Pam

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