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RiverTopanga

RiverTopanga
Date Joined: January 21, 2017
Last Online: June 29, 2022
Birthday: December 11
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I'm Leslie.

11/17/21: Get ready swappers! Found this article "USPS plans price hikes two times a year starting in 2023"

https://www.linns.com/news/postal-updates/usps-plans-price-hikes-two-times-a-year-starting-in-2023

Please be sure to rate!


6/17/22 - Hello my friends. Tonight, my heart is breaking. My beautiful, darling Kohi passed away. My mother and I went to Olive Garden for a late lunch, when we got home, she was on the bottom of her cage, wings spread, and unable to sit upright. She was fine when we left. And has not shown any signs of illness. Sadly, that is usually the way it is with our avian friends.. healthy one minute, and Not the next.. I was able to hold her for 2 hours, give her "head rubs," and keep her warm. At the last minute, she jumped out of my hand, and flew to the floor. This was her "Rally". She passed one minute later. She was 15 years old. A great age for a cockatiel.

4/22/22: have been having several health issues on top of my back issues. I have developed a trigger thumb which is very painful - even with a brace. I have also started having falls. My leg is buckling under me, and I crumple to the ground. There is no warning. I fell in a restaurant, and at home yesterday. I may have broken my big toe. Please forgive me if I rate or respond to ratings a little slower than usual. I promise I will get my swaps out on time as usual, or notify you if there is a reason I can't. I hope everyone else is having a wonderful post-Easter experience. πŸ˜€πŸ°

1/23/22: UPDATE - This year has been difficult to date. Several bad things have happened. A. Several friends in the next community came down with COVID. B: The grandson of a friend was sentenced to jail time. C: My sister's husband passed away. D: A friend of 26 years passed away. E: Found out one of my cousins is in stage 4 renal failure. F: Another cousin has brain damage from a car accident last summer. G: A 3rd cousin has "LONG COVID" H: My Fibromyalgia is giving me trouble, and I am having a lot of trouble sleeping.

My swaps have Not been affected.
I am still on target with all send dates.
This month, I have been a couple days late rating at times, but I am up to date on all ratings at this moment.

12/28/21: my son and his g.f. had 3 flights out of Florida canceled in 2 days. Needless to say, I'm behind in my ratings of received swaps...honestly, haven't opened mail in about 3 days. Please be patient. I will get to it as soon as we have seen them on their way 😲 Thank you! πŸ™‚ they are home and ratings are up to date.

11/15/21: I have officially hosted 100 swaps! Isn't swapping great? I've met so many new friends, it's fantastic!

10/18/21: Amazing! I have completed 1001 swaps as of today.... WOW!

I LOVE 🐌🐌 mail! Finding something other than a bill in my mailbox, it really makes my day!

If you have not received a swap from me, please let me know before you rate. I have not missed a swap deadline to date, and will always message you if I think it will be late. In fact, I usually have swaps ready to go a few days after they are assigned. I will wait, however until a few days before swap deadline to send if you have not sent yours to your partner. When putting outgoing mail in the mailbox, I will not mark sent until the postman has picked it up.

PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know.

LIKES/DISLIKES

Colors: I love all shades of purple, Jewel Tones and bright colors. Not fond of pastels.

I have a beautiful Cockatiel named Kohi no Karemu. Coffee and Cream in Japanese. She is a beautiful buff color as opposed to the normal white. She has the orange cheeks and some gorgeous yellow tail feathers (see my Avatar). Unlike females of other bird species, the female cockatiel cannot talk or imitate other sounds (like whistling tunes). This does not keep her from letting me know what she wants! If I am cooking or crafting, she has to have her nosey little beak right beside me to let me know if she approves or not 🦜. She also loves it when I bring her cage out to the table on the deck for breakfast. If it's raining, she makes a stink about not going out. She also greets us vocally before we even come in the door, if we have been out. She is a great companion, and cheers me up immensely when I am down. πŸ’œ I wish I could put a vest on her and make her my companion animal.

I was a Lead Investigator in a paranormal group in Nebraska (Great Plains Supernatural Investigations) for several years before I moved to Florida. We all loved doing investigations, and listening to the evening's recordings can be tedious, but when you find something... WOW!

Rating: please be thoughtful when rating. If your partner sent you 3 things pertaining to a swap theme, when they only needed to send one, or sent some extras that your profile says you like, be kind...rate with a heart. Don't you want to to make someone's day?? πŸ’š

POSTCARDS: if you want a 🧑 from me, please write more than a word or three on a postcard swap you send to me. I would like to hear about you - your likes/dislikes, your day, the weather in your area, your pet, your craft faves, fave TV or movies, your fave quote,, anything that's on your mind.... Sending me a postcard that only says... "Happing swapping" or "Have a nice day" for example, will not prompt me to give a heart rating.

FAMILY

My 90 yr old mother lives with me. She still has her license (but doesn't drive here in Florida), and makes friends easily.

My son and his girlfriend just moved to NY City! Hooray!!! Now we are on the same coast!

Favorite Crafts

For Crafts, I am a long-time stamper and scrapbooker. I used to make full size Pocket Letters - i rarely do those now, they are very time consuming.

I can do most crafts, however, I have not yet been able to get the hang of sewing, crocheting, or knitting... but I would still like to learn someday.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I am an amateur photographer. I use a point and shoot camera, and have gotten some great pictures! I mostly photograph nature. Plants, birds, dragonflies, butterflies. People are okay, but to me, they spoil a nice scene more often than not!! That includes pics of me. I'm not a selfie fan, and I usually don't want to be in a pic when I'm traveling...I know what I look like!! I want to remember where I've been πŸ˜‰

I have found my inner artist from being on swap sites. It's exciting to be challenged like this!

FAVORITE BOOKS and MUSIC

My all time favorite books...

  1. Martians Go Home

  2. The Disc World series by Terry Prachett

  3. The Harry Potter Series

  4. A book from childhood... The Diamond in the Window.

  5. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (any LMA book, truth be told)

  6. The Golden Compass trilogy

MUSIC

I really love almost any music. Depends on my mood as to what I listen to.

Classical: Rachmaninoff, Bach, Schubert 40s-80s Grateful Dead John Denver Jimmy Buffet Lulu Bread ELO Schooner Faire Recently found : Fishermen's Friends Big band (wish I had learned how to Swing dance when I was in High School!)

Favorite Movies

Favorite Movies... hmmm So Many!

I love old movies: Examples: Singing in the Rain, Bringing up Baby, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, American Graffiti, Back to the Future (the first is the best! and yes, it IS a classic!), Dirty Dancing... and the list goes on.

If you like classic movies check out this website... http://www.omahafilmevent.com. My friend Bruce puts on these events, and before I moved, I was a volunteer at the bi-annual events. A fabulous, fun, and tiring evening! Please note : COVID-19 has a put a hold on these events for now.

TELEVISION: I have a new "star crush" - Move over Nathan Fillion...Time to make room for sexy, Simon Baker. Ooh la la!! πŸ₯°

I am addicted to older British Sitcoms - in particular: Butterflies, To The Manor Born, and The Good Life (Good Neighbors - in the US), Monarch of the Glen.

I loved The Last Man On Earth ... and so upset when it was canceled. I feel they need to do an anniversary show to let people know what happens.

MASH, Scrubs, Peak Practice, New Amsterdam, and The Resident (hmm, theme emerging!). Outlander, Lucifer, Sabrina (original tv show), Don't Trust the B in Apt 23, Ghost Whisperer, Cheers, The Big Bang Theory, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Mare of East Town, The Mentalist, and so many more. The key is, I like to be entertained, and like shows that don't talk down to me like I'm 3 yrs old. I also don't like gore for gore's sake.

INTERESTS and ARTISTS

Please, do not feel you need to send me anything from below...however, if you have some of these, please use them to create your swap! Or you can send some if you absolutely insist! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ lol.

Also, I love all things Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions. I use the Dylusions paints and inks in a lot of my Swaps. The colors are so vibrant, and the Dyan Reaveley stamps are so funky and fun, I love them! So receiving anything you create with these would be fabulous!

I have taken classes from Dina Wakley, as well. She is a beautiful, warm, talented woman! I learned how to use a gelli plate, and I love it! Never thought I would want to learn something else, but Gelli printing is awesome.. try it if you have a chance. Loved, loved, loved the Dina Classes!

I love Tim Holtz products too. He is so creative! I don't own a lot of his things, but someday, I will.

And, I really love Smash Books. They are what I have been using on my trips for the past few years.

Swap On!!

..Thank you!

TEAS and SCENTS

TEAS: please DO NOT send me teas. I have enough tea to last me 2 years. I also have several allergies that prevent me from drinking certain teas. And, I have received back teas that I sent to people. So best not to send any all!! Thank you for understanding.

SCENTS: SMOKEY OR STRONG SMELLING ODORS. I have Severe allergies and any smokey, moldy, musty or other strong smelling odors (including perfumes, and candles). They actually make me physically sick. Sadly, I have thrown swaps in the trash before I even open them due to the strong odors. 😫

PET PEEVES:

People who won't give a πŸ’œ for a postcard they received. Postcards require thought too. If there is a nice note, or the pc is profile related, your partner is trying to connect with you by sending a special pc. Why withhold a heart ❀?

People who don't rate.

People who rate 1 without contacting their partner first.

SOCKS

If I am participating in sock swap.... partner, please note- I take a size 9-11. I wear crew or short crew socks (above the ankle). I am unable to wear ankle socks any more due to a failed ankle surgery 4 yrs ago, and pain when things touch my ankle. Thank you!

MAIL

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING SWAPPING WITH ME: If you are going to be late, PLEASE NOTIFY ME.
Not notifying someone that you will be late is just plain rude, and subject to poor ratings ... I will contact you if I expect my swap to be mailed late. Rules of swaps are there to be followed (as are all rules in life!) I follow them when I send to you, I would sincerely appreciate you follow them when sending to me.

REGARDING QUESTIONABLE ENVIES: Please note that I am a responsible and reasonable swapper. I always try to bring questionable envies to the post office, but sometimes one will slip through and need extra extra postage πŸ™ PLEASE, if I owe you postage, let me know. Also, I have been receiving a growing number of POSTAGE OWED envies. I am now telling my postman to return these to the sender. I have been burned by people not paying me back. Once in a while the postman will pay the extra postage and I will pay him back. I will ask you to please return the money to me by unused postage, postal check, or cashiers check. Please note, I have no control over when he does this!

*NOTE: Since the move to Florida, I have been mailing most of my swaps from the mailbox. If your swap has a post date on the item that is one day later than I sent from the mailbox, I apologize. I always hit the sent button after the mail has been picked up, not when I put it in my mailbox. Unfortunately, it may take the mailman (yes, it's really a man!) a long time to get it back to the post office for sorting and mailing. And, I regret that the postal service may have issues if I tell my postman to get the items to post office ASAP ... and darn the rest of his route!! Lol. πŸ˜‰ I do usually send swaps out ahead of the swap date, so it should still be in compliance.

I can't believe that I actually have to put this on my profile: Swappers that owe me postage:

***Speedy Found Image #16 - $2.68 UPDATE: 1/22/20: I was told by a member of the Swap Bot Flakers that it could be a problem at my end of the postal system. I should go and talk to my post office. So, I did. Here is what they told me: PO stated they would never let an envie that size, with a tracking number, be mailed for $1.10 in stamps. The Post Office will give out piles of tracking numbers to people that mail a lot of items (who knew?). She had to have put the tracking on herself and mailed it. So, when I got home, out of curiosity, I Checked USPS website, here is what it says for the tracking number on the envie: "Label Created, not yet in system A status update is not yet available on your package. It will be available when the shipper provides an update or the package is delivered to USPS. Check back soon."
If it had been mailed with the PO and they put the tracking number on it, it would be in the system as having reached its destination at my house. And the proper postage would be on it.

Ratings

Fabriqueen rated for Found Image ATC #5 - USA on Jun 28, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome image you found! I love it and the extra papers! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
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Comment: Thanks for sending this card my way. I have never received one back. I look forward to receiving one and seeing where all it travels.
Response: Glad you got it! I've received a few collab cards - like the coloring pc, or the art collab pc back. I don't think I've ever received a traveling notecard either. I was made aware that the next swap has 2 partners...did you notice that?? Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
debbiespoms rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #15 on Jun 28, 2022
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Comment: Thanks very much Leslie, for your really neat " A bad day on vacation" PC and "A' for Actresses words. You put down all the same that I did! How cool is that?! Love what you sent! I hope this finds you doing wonderful! I hope too, you have an awesome Summer!
Response: Hi! I thought you would like the pc! Only certain people would πŸ˜ƒ I can't believe we had all the same A names! Aren't we cool! I hope you are having a great summer too! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
bestdayever rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #32 on Jun 26, 2022
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Comment: Great minds do think alike ... hope you enjoy the pecan pie card I sent you LOL. I am from the South, so yes, I've made quite a few but hand down, pecan pie tarts using Martha Stewart's recipe is my favorite. Be well!
Response: Thank you for the πŸ’› rating! I've never made a pecan pie, but I will keep in mind the Martha Stewart recipe if I do! Nice to know we are of like mind!! Lol. Go forth and bake pecan tarts!! Haha, LOL πŸ˜„
Gobarb rated for HISTORY`S MYSTERIES #1 on Jun 25, 2022
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Comment: Hi Leslie. Didn't realize that you haven't been swapping. Just figured we weren't partners. Glad you are back. Thank you for the cool ATC and the interesting facts. They were new to me...
Response: Hi Barb. Been swapping a little. Just easy things that don't take too much time, or can be done in 5-10 minute spurts. I learned about Egypt too! Thank you so much for joining the swap, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚.
mchesser12 rated for CPG ~ Collab HMPC ~ 6/22 ~ USA on Jun 25, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sending your postcard my way. And thanks for the extra postcard. The napkin is a great way to protect the card and it’s super cute!
Response: Hi! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating. I'm sure you will do the pc proud! They are so much fun! So πŸ™‚ you like the napkin...it is perfect for summer! Hope to swap again soon!! Stay cool 🌬
nanadiana rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #15 on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the Bottlenose Dolphin pc and your nice list of 'A' actresses. You had a few on your list that I didn't have. I always enjoy it when we are swap partners. :)
Response: I always enjoy being your partner too! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ I was amazed that we all have had Audrey Hepburn, but there was such a wide variety of others! It was a fun swap! Hope we swap again soon πŸ˜ƒ
octobereve930 rated for SCAVENGER HUNT #32 on Jun 24, 2022
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Comment: tried pecan pie once... too sweet for me. thank you for the recipe card. ( it is 90 here at the moment.. and it is always on a hot day when I decide to mow the lawn too) 6/24
Response: You're right! Super sweet. Funny we both sent a pecan pie pc! πŸ˜„ I can relate to the heat.. I hope you drank lots of water and took lots of breaks when mowing. I'm lucky, I have a guy here in our community that mows. 40.00 a month. Will mow 1-4 times depending on the season. Stay cool! 🌬
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Comment: Lovely ATC. Thanks for the extras.
Response: Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you like it! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ ENJOY your summer, create wherever you go! 🎨
jjhere rated for AATC: THE WANDERING COMMUNITY ATC #10 on Jun 22, 2022
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Comment: I'm looking forward to adding on to this. Thanks for hosting these swaps!
Response: So glad you got it! I can't wait to see how it looks when I get it back! They are such fun little pieces of art with everyone's visions on them πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ ENJOY!
Kraftylady777 rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #13 on Jun 20, 2022
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Comment: Thanks so much
Response: You're welcome πŸ™‚ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚. Hope you are having a fabulous summer β˜€οΈ
Sylvia4647 rated for HEUSA - Tag Swap Series #2 - Bats on Jun 19, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the envelope of Halloween fun! You did a great job on the bat tag. Thank you, too, for the thoughtful tuck-ins.
Response: Hi! So glad you liked the Bat tag. It was fun. I only wish I had more Halloween items to work with and send as tucks ins. Oh well, will have to get more this year. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Enjoy your Tag and your summer! β˜€οΈ
HappyMom rated for Postcards About Me - C on Jun 18, 2022
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Comment: It's always so nice to see you in my mailbox :) I love the card you chose - what a cool piece of art. Thanks so much!
Response: Awww. So sweet! Thank you. I always like to see you as well πŸ˜ƒ Little Postal Visits πŸ˜‰ Glad you like the PC. I was going to visit that museum today, but didn't make it. Maybe on Sunday. Enjoy! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
Cgscdy rated for CPG Coloring Collab #28 JUNE - US on Jun 18, 2022
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Comment: Tysm ❀️ and love the other pc you sent as well!
Response: So nice to know you liked the extra pc I sent you. Have fun coloring the F.L.W. pc πŸ˜ƒ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚
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Comment: Thank you for the Sea Shells on the Seashore pc, and sharing facts about shells. I am very glad that you had this one to send to me! And that we are partners again. Always a pleasure! :)
Response: English postcard buddies with you always gives me a smile πŸ˜ƒ so happy you like the pc...hope it didn't start a tongue twister "earworm" ! And I learned from those facts too! Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚. Enjoy the summer... I'm hoping to make it to the beach to collect some shells sometime this summer!
bb2 rated for RSC - Fresh Fruit in June on Jun 17, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the Cherry Hello! It is very Cherryful : ) I always enjoy the cards you make. Thanks for joining this fun swap. Enjoy your summer.
Response: I love that...Cherryful! Excellent pun. Thank you for hosting the swap! I love the themes you come up with πŸ’ Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Enjoy your summer too πŸ˜‰
octobereve930 rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #13 on Jun 15, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the sand dollar card, yes great story. Wonderful list of restaurants as well 6/15
Response: Thanks! I could have gone on for at least another 10...need to get a finer tip pen for these swaps! Lol. Were any of yours the same? Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Happy summer!!
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Comment: What a beautiful picture of the ocean! Thank you! Although FL is beautiful, I'd be nervous to live where the hurricanes like to visit as well.
Response: I understand that...but I used to live in NE, where there are tornadoes... we've talked about it, and seems every state has something. We are in Central Florida, and usually the storms turn or peter out by the time reach us. Just lots of rain πŸ™‚ so glad you like the pc. I would love to get back to Casey Key πŸ˜ƒ
mchesser12 rated for ANY CARD FOLLOW THE PROMPT #13 on Jun 14, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the postcard of the girl in the city and the great list of chain restaurants. I recognized most.
Response: So glad you liked the list! I love that pc that I sent you...I've hung on to it for a looong time! In fact, after I sent it to you I got to thinking maybe you sent it to me! Lol. Thank you for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚ Have a smooth sailing week, and a fun filled weekend πŸ˜€
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Comment: Thanks for forwarding the PCs and of course for the extras too! Take care!
Response: You're welcome! Have a fun time with pcs. It's neat to see where they've been. Thanks for the πŸ’› rating πŸ™‚

Rating Overview

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Comments

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2022:

Just read about your cockatiel - I'm so sorry. Fifteen years is a long time.

DaisyNY on Jun 28, 2022:

Yes, the chain is hand drawn. It is a Zentangle "Blockchain".

Poohtat on Jun 28, 2022:

Thank you for the adorable hand drawn mushrooms for my ATW June wish. Also appreciate the book pages. The mushrooms will be going into my happy journal. So cute!

Autist on Jun 23, 2022:

Thank you for the June RAK of random postcards,they will come in handy!! Cheers - Rook

myancey on Jun 18, 2022:

Bojangles is fried chicken like kfc and they have incredible breakfast biscuits. They serve breakfast all day and is just awesome

tatntole on Jun 17, 2022:

Thank you for sending my CPG - Collab HMPC - USA - May 2020 home to me. I love it.

AZmom875 on May 26, 2022:

AZmom875 on May 26, 2022:

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Thank you so much for the memo sheets. Raks only USA May

grammypammy on May 18, 2022:

Thank you for the Disney PC!

Hugs, Pam

yvonne401 on May 17, 2022:

You are most welcome for the WTA! Glad you liked it.

Blessings,

Yvonne

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