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Ettoad

Ettoad
Date Joined: December 26, 2020
Last Online: May 29, 2024
Birthday: June 9
Country: Canada

About Me

Hello!

My name is Erin, living outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I’m a firm believer that it is the simple pleasures that make life the most meaningful and enjoyable.

A few of my favourite simple pleasures include:

Time spent outside in nature - living in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada, I am blessed to have breath taking mountain views, hiking trails, parks and lakes, forests and ocean views to breath in and relax in.

Reading a good book. I enjoy most genres, with historical fiction being my favourite. While I am not a huge fan of science fiction, romance or chic lit., I will give any book or author a try, so please don't hesitate to recommend something you have loved - I just might feel the same!

My favourite authors are Pat Conroy and Timothy Findley, my favourite books The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Beach Music by Pat Conroy.

My current read is The Little Old Lady Strikes Again by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, about a group of senior citizens who rob banks and casinos, and donate their spoils to deserving recipients. It’s not my usual book choice but as a pick from my apartment buildings communal bookcase, it is proving to be a light and entertaining read.

Cooking and baking, especially with locally sourced ingredients found at my local farmers markets.

I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and find the simplest meals are often the most enjoyable and that good food is always best enjoyed with great company!!

The arrival of fall and cooler weather has me happy to be back in the kitchen full force - my most recent newly tried recipe was butternut squash, sweet potato and apple soup.

I also enjoy exploring the world of craft beer.

Colouring!! A few years ago I spent a summer colouring with my young niece and nephew, and I’ve been hooked since! I find it very relaxing and an easy way to explore my developing artistic talents lol

My favourite colours are cobalt blue and emerald green, and I am overall drawn to all the jewel tones.

Listening to podcasts - most of which are paranormal in topic - while sharing snuggles with my two cats, Floyd and Johnie, both 6 year old tabbies.

I often also have music on as I go about my day, both at home and at work - I dislike rap and heavy metal, but will listen to at least a little bit of every other style. Favourite artists include Ray LaMontagne, Spirit of the West, Tom Landa and The Paperboys, Jann Arden, Tracey Chapman, Allman Brown and Paul Simon.

I work 40+ hours a week in a music store, the sort that operates a music school, rents/sells instruments, and offers DJ services among many other things. Having played 3 instruments over the course of my life, I love and feel very much at home in my workplace.

Writing and exchanging snail mail with friends old and new - something I have recently begun again, having so loved it in my younger years. I love the intimacy of the connections made thru putting pen to paper, and the opportunity to express ourselves in the mail we create.

I have recently been introduced to the concept of Happy Mail and am slowly trying my hand at creating mail that is art along with a thoughtful and enjoyable letter.

I am always open to sharing some non-swap mail with anyone interested!

Enjoying the company of close friends and family - my family and I are very connected, sharing our daily lives together.

Travel has always been a passion and I look forward to re-visiting places I have already experienced as well as discovering those I have not yet visited.

I grew up with annual road trips to Southern California to visit family, and have been fortunate enough to experience some international travel. London feels like home away from home to me, and Greece is the place I can not wait to return to.

The more I see and experience, the more I realize there is so much more waiting for me to discover.

Being of curious mind and heart, I welcome any and every opportunity to learn something new.

I look forward to meeting people from anywhere in the world, of any age and every background. I hope to share fun and interesting, and deep and meaningful, conversation about our lives and individual surroundings. Let us enjoy whatever we might have in common, and introduce each other to our respective thoughts, ideas and lifestyles.

A few notes on swaps and ratings:

I am very careful about joining swaps that I am confident I can complete fully and on time - I have withdrawn from swaps due to circumstances changing my confidence in doing so.

If something happens to change once partners have been assigned, I will let my partners know the circumstances, with assurances that I will complete and post their items ASAP.

I hope that we can all be very patient with our respective postal systems, especially in light of the pandemic, and allow extra time for mail to arrive!!

Should a very extraordinary amount of time pass and you still haven't received something from me that you should have, PLEASE contact me before rating me a 1, and I will very happily send you another mail.

My swaps have and will always be posted by the swap end date, unless I have contacted you to let you know of unexpected reasons why I have to post something late.

Also - if what you receive isn't exactly what it should be according to the swap directions, PLEASE let me know before you rate me a 3. I can only imagine that if this happens, I have innocently misunderstood the directions, and I will happily create or write you something that meets the swap requirements.

I promise to do all of the above in regards to the swaps you are sending out to me!

We have all joined Swap Bot to enjoy creating and exchanging mail, and the experience should be a fun, happy, exciting and stress free one - there is no reason at all that it should be anything different.

Happy Swapping - I can't wait to hear from you!

Ratings

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Comment: Hi Erin! I love the Vancouver pc and your list! A few of mine were similar, except after it rains, I love the fresh outside smell, I live in a rural area so no sidewalks! LOL! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
acolytedog rated for Happy Penpal - International on May 20, 2024
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Comment: you are absolutely amazing ❀️🌟 i enjoyed reading your letter so much. i wish you nothing but the best with your career - you really do deserve all the good things this world has to offer! and please say hi to johnie and floyd from me πŸ˜€πŸ‘‹
lisaglass rated for Books! Books! & more BOOKS! on May 17, 2024
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Comment: Thanks! I hadn't heard of The Family Upstairs, it looks pretty good.
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Comment: Thanks Erin for the gorgeous yellow rose (my favorite) postcard and I loved your note! 🌸
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Comment: Thank you so much for all you do with your letter-writing and card-sending efforts! I participate in some of the same types of projects and LOVE how we can use this hobby to hopefully really brighten some lives. You are awesome!
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Thoughts on Time on Apr 16, 2024
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Comment: Dear Erin, thank you very much for your letter and what you wrote about your new plans, sounds awesome! ^-^ I'm going to answer more in a letter, but for now I wish you all, all the best and give cuddles to your cat from me. :-) Yours, Maxi
lou rated for WIYM: Note about St. Patrick’s Day on Apr 10, 2024
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Comment: Hi Erin! Thanks for the decorated envelope and the fun note about your life and times and the blank postcard β€” great to see the note all decorated, too!
Eulegirl rated for WSS: My fav 5 washi #1 on Apr 5, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely washi and explanations
denisedecker58 rated for G: Haunted location on Mar 27, 2024
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Comment: What an interesting letter! I really enjoyed hearing all about your haunted workplace, especially about Barry! That is just so cool! Thank you for sharing your interactions with the spirit presences in your life. Makes going to work every day a unique and interesting experience!
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Comment: Erin! Thank you so much for the lovely postcard! I loved reading your message! I love Easter egg hunts! My boys are teenagers now....makes me sad because they are no longer into it! I think I always enjoyed it more than they did! Hahaha! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! ❀
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Comment: Thank you so much from this, very lovely card, and the long message <3
marles rated for WIYM: Easter Card 2024 on Mar 22, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for everything!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely Easter postcard. I love all the colors and the memory of your parents hiding hundreds of chocolate eggs for you and your sister made me smile. That's such a wonderful memory to have. Must have been so exciting to find all of these eggs! :) And to answer your question, of course you can write me a longer note about the things we have in common! I'm looking forward to it :) Thanks again for brightening up my mailbox today!
PeculiarLife rated for WSS: Please take this washi! #1 on Mar 16, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the washi and the lovely note..I have a guitar, now I need to find lessons! ;) I used to play trumpet and French horn but that's a long story, for another day, lol... ;)
Karen07 rated for St. Patrick's Day Card - 2024 on Mar 15, 2024
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Comment: Thank you, Erin! I love your card and letter! Happy St Patrick's Day! Thanks also for the Easter PC!
andee73 rated for WSS: Please take this washi! #1 on Mar 12, 2024
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Comment: Thank you for the washis and group recommendations, I'll check them out!
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Comment: Thank you for the Washi and wonderful card!!
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Comment: Heyy Erin I'm just back ftom Morocco and woow that was a trip πŸ’™ I hope you'll e joy your trip with your sister also.. It seems that we'll have to skip egypt this year but hopefully we will plan it for 2025. We're sending love to you, Floyd & Johnie Take care 🐾🌸

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Comments

heliogal on Jun 21, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely birthday letter!! Oh my goodness what a wonderful surprise it was to get!! It was so thoughtful for you to think of me and send such a sweet letter!! I do love to celebrate my birthday so thank you for helping make it special!!

debbiespoms on Dec 21, 2022:

A little late. But Happy Birthday Erin ! I hope it was fabulous!

HelenG6 on Oct 27, 2022:

Please reply to my message I have sent. It would be fun to reconnect. Enjoy Halloween!

simcoe54 on Jun 9, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

thisismeAXiD on Jun 7, 2022:

Happy birthday month

yvonne401 on Jul 26, 2021:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

thisismeAXiD on Jun 1, 2021:

happy birthday month

bringitb on May 17, 2021:

Hi! Stopping by to share that we've got some new washi swaps over in the Washi Tape Lovers group. Hope you'll join us! =)

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