Swap-bot Time: February 22, 2024 3:24 pm


Date Joined: March 22, 2008
Last Online: February 22, 2024
Birthday: September 16
Country: United States

About Me

I am moving to POSTCARD only swaps because people keep sending me envelopes stuffed with ridiculous little pieces of paper and confetti. I have had many of my International Swaps fail because of the dubious postal systems, so I will avoid international swaps.

My Pledge to You I will read your profile and try to find something suitable to send you. I know that I am very old so may not have the same cultural knowledge as you do. I will pledge to rate you as soon as possible--I will make it a priority. I fail when your profile is skimpy.

I pledge to give you a heart if you fulfill the swap without adding extras

** I pledge to rate you at the earliest possible moment"


I understand that life is challenging for people of all ages, so I understand crises and obstacles. If you cannot send a swap on time, I "get it". A message would be nice, however.

My passions are cats, literature, music, travel, museums, and poetry. I like history and languages. I am remarkably illiterate about anything that happened after about 1985 or thereabouts.

I like to write letters and I read a lot. I am retired from a career as an literature and poetry teacher.

I probably commit most of the seven deadly sins on a daily basis. I don't think I can change at this point. But I argue daily with gluttony.

My home is absolutely smoke-free but I do have some furry cats. Please contact me if you are allergic to cat hair and let me know how I can send you a "safe swap".

My animals: I have two cats; I also have an adopted rat, Carolina, who works in Dar es Salaam. I have an adopted cat, Debra, who lives in Rome.

Only words, my friends. Only words. No little tuck-ins; no gifts, no matter how small. For me a successful day is when more leaves the house than enters it. And a prompt rating. I am very interested in other people. I like to read about what inspires and excites them and how they chose paths. I would call myself a feminist and a liberal, but I don't approach Swap Bot with any political agenda. I enjoy getting book and music recommendations.

My Limitations

I have absolutely no talents. I cannot send you cute home-made things or even awkward home-made things. Not everyone has the Martha Stewart gene. My postcards are dull.

Other classifications (partially helpful but I am not totally sincere about the taxonomies they represent:

MBTI: Life-long INFP has become INTJ

Enneagram: 5 with wings of 4 and 6

Astrology: I have my 12th house crammed. All my planets are in Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. Scorpio moon rising


A: addle-pated; Arbus, Jane Austen, Fred Astaire, agnostic/atheist; anti-war; animal rights

B: Beethoven; Elizabeth Bishop; Bruckner; Beatles; Bogie and Bacall, Brenda Blethyn;

C: Cats, classical music, Maria Callas, Johnny Cash; Chekhov, cows; the phenomenon of "celebrity"' Charlie Chaplin; Carrie Coon; camp

D: Democrat, John Donne, Emily Dickinson,

E: The Environment, England; equality, George Eliot, T.S. Eliot; eccentric; elderly, Eastern religions

F: fairness; Fine art; feminism; fountain pens

G: Edward Gorey; Glenn Gould; gratitude; global politics;

H: History; Haiku; Alfred Hitchcock; Edward Hopper; hens, Handel's Messiah;

I: Italy; ink; Iceland; Issa, Introvert; ironic. INFP for many decades. Slowly turned to an INTJ.

J: JOMO (Joy of missing out)

K: John Keats;

L: London; Mike Leigh, "Live and let live"

M: Minimalism (goal); Sherrill Milnes, Mahler; Motown; AA Milne; mental health struggles and I am always ready to believe I am wrong;

N: Nature and its travails; Neuro-divergent (sometimes my brain does odd things); nostalgia

O: Opera; opinionated; open to change but I fear I am fully baked by now; Flannery O'Connor

P: Puccini; The Pre-Raphaelite Movement; power dynamic; pasta; Patti LuPone; psychology, pen pals, pixallated

Q: Quirky

R: Rossini; "recycle, upcycle, reuse";

S: Shakespeare; Swedish Death Cleaning, Schubert; Stephen Sondheim; Scandinavia; satire; Wallace Stevens; Nina Simone

T: Greta Thunberg; Trollope; travel; Anne Tyler; JMW Turner; Elizabeth Taylor

U: Understanding others and their disparate points of view

V: Verdi

W: Willing to listen to other points of view; Amy Winehouse, Elizabeth Warren, Edith Wharton, Shelley Winters

X: Y: Z:

Things I dislike

I do not like "alternative facts". I don't like narcissists or greedy people.

I fear authoritarian governments and kleptocracy, oligarchy, and theocracy.

I really dislike the smell of smoke and am very sensitive to it. I have a fear of clowns! I don't do "cute". I don't do "New Age".
I really don't like waste and am trying to remove all plastics and other unnatural things from my environment

Otherwise, I'm fairly easy to please.

In books, I don't like Sci-Fi, "romances," "westerns," or anything Harry Potter or Twilight. The supernatural and the paranormal make me yawn! I like literary fiction; a good mystery; fascinating non-fiction, biography and memoir.

Just "Keeping it real" as RuPaul might say. If we are in a swap no need to make it extra.

I am doing my "Swedish Death Cleaning" I also do not need note cards nor postcards. Help me reach my goal of finding a good home for my sundry scraps and such. I do not send out what I consider to be "junk" although your mileage may vary.

About Me


Only what the swap calls for. I treasure words. They need not be lengthy. There's nothing like a perfect haiku (only 17 syllables more or less).



firekingashtay rated for The Best and Worst of January on Feb 20, 2024
Comment: Hi, I enjoyed to read your beautiful letter💕 Thank you😊
Comment: I really don't know why kids are so mean. It can't just be picking it up from cues around them (unconsciously, and without ability to challenge them,) although I'm sure that's a big part of it. I'm interested in the poetry though. It's been a long time since I read Langston Hughes.
Comment: Thank you for your email, lots of food for thought and the soul, I haven't read many of the poets and authors you mentioned but I'm going to fix that now. Thank you for the inspiration. 😺
Comment: Yay! that is fantastic! I wrote 3 letters and decorated my envelopes with bright colors. Thanks for participating! Hugs
brooklynbunch rated for January reading challenge on Feb 19, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the swap--and the fox bookmark. I've read some of Crombie's books--don't remember if I read that one. I used to listen to Jane and Michael Stern's radio show--I miss that. I reviewed one of their books for Library Journal--I like that they went to the gift shop in Leavenworth Prison.Fun!
AnnaM rated for Christmas Ball 1 Week Journal on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Natalie, I so enjoyed reading your journal. It was a treat to have it in installments so I could savour each entry. I feel I know Letty so much better having read from you. Anna ♥
Comment: I received the postcard today and I like it. So Im glad I could help get this one off of your hands. LOL Thank you.
fruitbat5150 rated for SCATTS - L - ROUND 13 - US ONLY on Feb 13, 2024
Comment: Aha, I love Lichtenstein! We didn’t match any Ls, interesting!
Luvchickadees rated for Punny Postcards #2 on Feb 12, 2024
Comment: I love the big fish and seahorse chauffeur postcard! Thank you
amccracken109 rated for The Best and Worst of January on Feb 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the nice letter and for the tuck ins -- I love them! Happy swapping!
Comment: thank you for the awesome colored coffee pot...love it 2/11
Comment: Thank you for the postcard, I agree with your answers.
Tig rated for Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Classical Music on Feb 7, 2024
Comment: Thank you! I had forgotten a few of those pieces. Be in touch soon.
Comment: Thank you for the playlist. It cracked me up to see anti-love songs by both Paul Simon and Carly Simon on the list!
Vanna rated for What's is your favorite.....PC Swap on Feb 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you
Comment: Thanks for sharing some “favorites!”
di53 rated for What's is your favorite.....PC Swap on Feb 6, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the Audrey Hepburn postcard. It's fun to see what everyone's favorite things are!
Comment: I love Autumn too!

Rating Overview

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Tr3n1ty on Feb 20, 2024:

Swap: Quick! What's your Fave song Right now?

I'm in my metal era :) :) :)

Wolf Totem by The Hu

Popular Monster by Falling In Reverse

ambhi2024 on Feb 19, 2024:

Quick! What's your Fave song Right now?

💖 Tate Mcrae - Greedy 💖

MuggleMom on Feb 18, 2024:

Thank you so much for the lovely birthday card! It was a total surprise and so heartfelt! The postcards you sent also, fit perfectly with my reading!!



yvonne401 on Feb 14, 2024:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!



Poohtat on Jan 30, 2024:

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Happy Meow

Mystyne on Jan 28, 2024:

Thank you for the replacement Christmas Card and postcards. This was above and beyond. The card is beautiful and will be reused somehow in the future.

Annydot on Jan 28, 2024:

Your version of the alphabet is worth the read alone. I saw your comment as well- ah the poets you list are some of my favorites. I've read them so often that I have managed to memorize lines which I find myself reciting in my head while I garden or sit in traffic. I also share your fear of clowns- I find them so disturbing. Several years ago, Wal-Mart had a super bowl commercial that played on the idea of how children may come to fear clowns and it still makes me belly laugh on such strange ways that our own mind demons begin to meddle us. If you'd ever like a letter, let me know and I'm happy to send one your way. (how rare to see someone reference Edith Wharton). Be well-

rplongbeach on Jan 28, 2024:

Please don't send me any extras either. I have enough stuff already.

MissChief on Dec 18, 2023:

That is the funniest comment about an ugly postcard! I love that you can appreciate it in a crazy way.

Bhindblueeyes on Nov 21, 2023:

Congrats on reaching 4.98!

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