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Ettoad

Ettoad
Date Joined: December 26, 2020
Last Online: January 30, 2023
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 4 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: Thank you for the Vancouver interesting site pc - must be popular.
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Comment: Thank you so much for the fabulous post card of Stanley Park. It is wonderful!! What an amazing gift your parents gave you to visit your sister in San Francisco!! When are you coming??
Fruity rated for For the Newbies #12 on Jan 25, 2023
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Comment: Erin! β™‘ Thank you so much for the happy mail, it made my day! These stickers are probably my favourite stickers right now, they are so fun and make my heart happy q0q β™‘ And yes, let's talk more!! I'll send you a letter, too. β™‘β™‘β™‘
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Comment: Thanks for the card and your letter. Good luck accomplishing all that you plan for 2023! Cross stitching more is part of my plan for 2023 as well.
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Comment: Well hello there Erin! So great to get a swap from you today. I just love this Canadian Rockies postcard! It's a beautiful scenery! I enjoyed very much your note you wrote. TYSM for that. So, You drink a glass of Wine, while doing swaps here? I used to do that years ago, before I found out I have Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. Which I've been wheelchair bound now for over 15 years now. But I can't have Wine or spirits due to medications. I got used to the fact, I can't have it. But I still miss a lot! I used drink Blackberry wine, yum! Can remember the taste so well. I used to love Wine coolers too! Just letting you know, I'm anxiously waiting for your lovely letter to me. I can't wait to hear from you! 😊 Take care and have a good day!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely card! I loved reading all about your celebrations and who you are!
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Comment: I think that's a great goal for 2023. The only time I've done more than 100 is the first year I retired! I found including some easy reads helped boost my numbers. A series I really enjoyed was Alan Bradley's series about Flavia de Luce.
explore rated for AtB: Hope for the New Year on Jan 14, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for your long letter sharing about the past year and plans for 2023. I agree with the importance of ACTION - in fact, the name of my computer is Action. LOL. Happy new year and may you achieve all your plans!!
shine2sparkle rated for Canada Only Xmas Card Swap on Jan 14, 2023
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Comment: At long last. I started thinking that the South African Postal Service didn't want to send me my mail. Luckily it arrived :)
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Comment: At long last. I started thinking that the South African Postal Service didn't want to send me my mail. Luckily it arrived :)
Response: Hooray!! Must have been a fun time opening all of your mail!!
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Comment: Thanks for the list! My kitty Hank also has stomatitis! So hard!!
explore rated for New Year's Card on Jan 8, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for writing so long. Hope you will attain your goal of reading 100 books this year! For me, it is making 100+ cards this year πŸ˜‚
Fuchsi rated for FLL: National Letter Writing Day on Jan 4, 2023
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Comment: Dear Erin, happy New Year! ^-^ I hope you had a wonderful christmas and I will soon write back for the letter in this swap. Thank you so, so much for it and this awesome ghost story! In the middle of the day it would fascinate me very much probably, but whn it's after business hours, I might as well be crepped put by Barrys presence... Yours, Maxi
Response: While I’m not at work much beyond business hours (we close at 6pm) I am at times alone in store, tho only occasionally after hours and after night fall (with the exception of a few weeks of the year, there are lessons taking place well beyond when I leave for the day). . .yet while I’ve at times felt Barry’s presence I’ve never felt uncomfortable. . .I usually shout out a quick greeting to him!!
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Comment: Thank you!! Have a Happy and Healthy 2023!! Sounds like you have some great things planneed! xx G
Karen07 rated for R&W: Any holiday card exchange on Dec 31, 2022
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Comment: Hi Erin. I've gotten some great mail from you lately! Thanks for the Christmas card and Happy 2023! Good luck with the 100 books goal. I make the same resolution every year and have yet to achieve it.
lindseyjae rated for Season's Greetings 2022 on Dec 31, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the nice holiday card! Hope you have a great start to 2023!
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Comment: Thank you, I love the card and the washi! How did the Christmas card making go?! I hope you had an awesome Christmas, and have a Happy New Year!
Response: We wound up sending store bought cards as life/the holidays was just too busy to do justice for homemade cards within the window we decided to make them and when we needed to send them, for them to arrive in time for Christmas Maybe next year!!
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Comment: Thank you! I am not sure I am ready for 2023! I too prefer a more low key NYE, I have (going on 15 years now) have Chinese food, watch movies, and watch the ball drop! Some years with friends or family, some years alone. Have a Happy and Peaceful New Year!
mrsD rated for Canada Only Xmas Card Swap on Dec 27, 2022
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Comment: thank you! merry christmas and happy new year :)

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Comments

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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