Swap-bot Time: May 17, 2021 4:07 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: May 17, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of April 4, 2021

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address.

Please print my mailing address & name EXACTLY as it appears in the system! My post office is picky and sometimes will not deliver mail when written differently. "JBLM" is the correct 'city' name. I wouldn't want your swap to be returned or not delivered because it was written differently! If you would like to check the USPS directions for addressing an envelope, that can be found HERE

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :)

I am staring a "Franken-deck" of cards, and would welcome any stray standard sized playing cards, (A Franken-deck is a full deck of cards with mixed up designs, styles and brands.)
As of Mar 22, I am looking for: CLUBS: 2,4,5,6,8,Q ; SPADES: A, 3, 8, Q, K ; DIAMONDS: A, 2, 3,4,6,J ; and HEARTS: 2,3,5,K If you would like to do a private swap for any of these please let me know. :) Thanks!

Likes Garfield!! (Been a fan since I was very little and always love to find anything Garfield themed.) Books (prefer used paper backs to new or ebooks), unique bookmarks, stationery items (pens, stickers, washi, paper). History - local history, family history, revolutionary war era and pioneer days especially.


moon & stars, rainbows, coffee themed, anything book themed. Cats over dogs, hamsters, trees, fall/autumn, sloths, giraffes, llamas, (been a fan of llamas, sloths and giraffes since I was a very little girl.) Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. "Smash Book" branded items (especially, though similar styles are good too.) Journal cards. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work, also Tim Holtz. >>Cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, tarot cards, Ouija boards & the like. I'm not a fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy a lot of images from that holiday & time of year. Just nothing bloody, gross or zombies.

Fairy tales and Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's fairy tales), holidays & customs from other countries. Spiritualism, Wicca, fortune telling, Paganism are interesting themes to me, as well as Buddhism. Tarot cards & fortune telling images, (I welcome any stray Tarot cards if you have leftovers that you do not need/want/use. I don't use them, but I love the artwork.) Salem Witch Trials

Tuck ins/extras: If a swap calls for extras or tuck ins, I would prefer to receive bookmarks (esp the local library type or the free promotional bookmarks that are sometimes handed out or book promo types). Standard size playing cards, or any tarot cards Otherwise, I'd prefer not to receive extras & tuck ins I have far too many postcards and stickers!

TV/movies: Supernatural, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Northern Exposure, Murder She Wrote, Sherlock, Dr Who (David Tennant years), Golden Girls, Broadchurch, Poirot, Travel Channel shows with Josh Gates, Ghost Hunters & similar shows (but not Ghost Adventurers). I've been watching Survivor and Amazing Race on streaming services lately.

I think the only thing I follow on You Tube is "Ask a Mortician" with Caitlin Doughty.

Movies: The Mummy (1999), The Haunting (1999), 10 Things I Hate About You, Clue, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer, Sleepy Hollow

Disney: Especially: Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Actors/actresses: Robert Downey Jr, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, David Tennant, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Nathaniel Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury

Music: The Monkees (since I was about 3 years old), Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Joan Baez, Soul Asylum, Enigma, Billy Joel, Daft Punk, Bjork, Edwyn Collins, Counting Crows, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin (yes, really. I was a fan of Menudo when he joined, when I was a kid). Also 1980's & 1990's music

Comedians: Jim Gaffigan, Kathleen Madigan, John Mulaney, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Regan, Gabriel Iglesias.

Podcasts: I've been listening to several podcasts, and some that I've found to really love and enjoy are: (all clicky links to the podcast website): Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, American Shadows, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student, Stuff You Missed In History Class, Noble Blood, The Classic Tales, Shedunnit Based on this list, if you think I would enjoy podcasts you listen to, please let me know. :)


Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.)

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

Religious information - I'm cool w/ my beliefs, not interested in preaching.

Please no food items - if a swap calls for something, only a factory sealed tea bag, please.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

No need for planner items & stickers and would prefer not to receive extra stickers or washi unless it's a part of my likes.

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

About Me

I've gotten lots of questions about the rubber stamps I use on my envelopes. I bought them all through Etsy. The Thank You USPS one can be found HERE The Long Live Snail Mail stamp can be found HERE I also love to shop from La Papierre for stationery and Emily Cromwell Designs for bookmarks, special stickers and book journals and planners.
Just found Art and a Little Magic as well, for some cool printables for Wiccan/Pagan themed items, among other things. Check her out! If you have a recommendation for an Etsy shop for paper goodies, please feel free to share with me! :)

I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm 45 years old , married 26 years this year, a mom to 3 teens (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, they all still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force).

I'm a member of Our Revolution, and happy with the current Presidential Administration.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ+ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. :) I have read about and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I am a co-founder of the Pagan Community Centre here on SB. Please check out the group!

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days. I'm not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. 2 cats and a dog.

I've participated in the Write On Challenge since 2016, and have done the InCoWriMo challenge since 2019! I LOVE the USPS - yeah, they have issues, but how else can you meet the world, one little postage stamp at a time?! :) Support the USPS!!

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. Historical fiction (esp American & Czech, pioneer America era, Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt), memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history (Recently found out I'm related to Anne Bradstreet, which I find thrilling!)

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore.

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Duma Key by Stephen King; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB groups related to books & writing, Reading & Writing. I am doing the ReadChristie2021 challenge.

Ratings, hearts & late

I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me.

If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps Prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones
Anything that represents the holiday that is non-traditional is very welcomed! I'm not Christian and do not care for that type of card, but will not rate down if that's what you send.
If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card. I especially love tree-free cards. Or any type of small-scale, independent artist, or handmade. I will always happily accept a handmade card for a swap! I really enjoy small batch or unique style cards over most anything.


Maddashin rated for Write On Challenge #3 Int'l on May 16, 2021
Comment: Thanks for another great swap and letter
Comment: Trying to organize! Getting things done today
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely swap, Cindi! Always a pleasure to swap with you :) (absolutely loved the Beltane greeting card!!)
NJBird rated for Ghosts! on May 13, 2021
Comment: I enjoyed your letter very much and love, love, love the Tim Holtz people. Thank you! Can't wait to use them. Duma Key is one of my favorite books. If you can, get the audio version. I have read the book once and listened to the audio book twice. I am in love with Jerome Wireman! This was a great swap!
Response: So, I like to put the Tim Holtz paper dolls in odd places around the house to spooky my kiddos a bit. :) IT's a bit of a 'pay back' from times my daughter 'haunted' me with her American Girl doll. :) :) And Duma Key - OMG, I love that book! I've read it a few times and listened to the audio at least twice. Not only is Wireman THE BEST character, but King's description of brain injury is just so spot on! My son has gone through some similar issues and when we listened to the book together, he said "wow, he gets it - that's what it feels like" That book is just SO much - the characters, setting, description, plus ghosts and hauntings and history and - wow! I"m glad you enjoyed the swap, and I thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Very interesting letter, I enjoyed reading and will reply soon!
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Natasa rated for Write On Challenge #3 Int'l on May 11, 2021
Comment: thank you
Response: Thank you for rating :)
krspellman rated for USA only Write On Challenge #2 on May 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, I enjoy your letters ;-)
Response: Thank you for joining the swap series. It's been nice getting to know you! :) Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: What a lovely letter to read! I May even reply OX
Response: I am glad to hear you enjoyed the letter. Thank you for rating :)
dorcii rated for Write On Challenge #3 Int'l on May 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks a lot for your lovely letter and the super cute notecard in it! :) It seems the 1st round letter hasn't arrived, but I got a notification from the post office to pick up 15 letters from the post office, so hopefully it will be there tomorrow! :) I wasn't in Gyöngyös for like 4 weeks, so I couldn't pick up my letters, and my postbox became full >.<
Response: I hope the mail catches up and you get all of your letters! If you don't please let me know, ok? I seemed to have a LOT of international mail all arrive on the same day, often letters for round 1,2 &3 all at once! At least they got here! Thanks for the heart :)
dorcii rated for Write On Challenge #2 Int'l on May 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for your letter, it was nice to hear about you! :)
Response: Thank you for rating :)
Comment: As usual, I'm impressed with your "not great" months. Thank you for your reviews and recommendations!
Response: I had higher hopes for my reading in April. I seem to go in bursts lately, and wish I could sit down and actually read a book more than I do. :( Thanks for the heart :)
Comment: IN LOVE with the sloth bookmark. Loved the letter. I’ve lived here in Nebraska my entire life and in the same town. I guess I’m boring. LOL. TYVM!
Response: Glad you enjoyed the sloth bookmark. We are a bit obsessed with sloths here. :) Instagram has some wonderful sloth pictures. :) Thanks for the heart :)
Bucket rated for TBR: In April I read ... on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your update!
Response: Thanks for rating
Fuchsi rated for Write On Challenge #3 Int'l on May 5, 2021
Comment: Thank's for your letter! :-) It looks like yours is always the first in the rounds that finds its way to me and it was wonderful to read. - And the little cat on a piano was soo cute! ^.^ Stay safe!
Response: I did try to send out the International letters first. I know the mail is still pretty slow, but so happy it arrived. :) Thanks for rating, and for the heart :)
annim rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on May 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: Thank you for joining the swap :)
BizzyBusMom rated for USA only Write On Challenge #3 on May 4, 2021
Response: Thank you for the heart :) Hope you are well :) :)
monsbrick rated for Write On Challenge #3 Int'l on May 4, 2021
Comment: Hi Cindi, thank you for this letter, card, and all the extras!!
Response: Thank you for doing the swap series with me. :) and thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and card! (I love dolly parton- she's a LEGEND) I hope the huge amount of letters you wrote in April didn't put you off letter writing! I had a lot of fun, but I'm definitely giving myself a bit of a break! XD I was much the same with writing "letters" at a young age- I have envelopes full of notes my granny (great grandmother) and I wrote back and forth to each other when I was preschool aged. Her handwriting is IMPECCABLE and I just love looking back over them. I hope youre well! <3 Al
Response: Oh, I'm so glad you liked the Dolly Parton card. :) I grew up listening to her music. :) My grandmother also had beautiful handwriting - my mom, not so much! Me? Even worse! But at least we learned handwriting in school - my kids did briefly, at one school, but the next school didn't continue it, so they struggle a bit. Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter!
Response: Thank you for joining the swap series. :) And thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Hi Cindi, Thank you so much for your lovely letter. I have enjoyed, over the last 3 swaps, learning a little bit about you through the 3 letters. After all the letters have arrived, I plan to put the letters together in a collection and made into a book. I apologize for taking extra time in getting your rating done for this swap. I very much appreciate your completion of this swap and getting it off to me in a timely manner. Colorado is still having problems with the mail. Mail going in and out of Colorado is continuing to be an issue. So, until this issue is resolved, please Be Patient! Thank you for the stickers you sent along as extras. Your Swap-bot Partner, Barbara B. sleepingrover2010
Response: Thank you for the heart :)

Rating Overview

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Poohtat on May 14, 2021:

Wow, thank you for the very generous tea RAK. There are some yummy ones in here. My husband is going to love the double bergamot and the Celestial Seasonings. I'm more a black tea person, so we are both going to enjoy tea while sitting out on the porch. Thank you.

sebastian122 on Apr 24, 2021:

Got the coolest card today! Thank you for thinking of me, and for sharing. You made a glorious day even better. XOXO

Natasa on Apr 8, 2021:

thank you for the birthday wishes.

simcoe54 on Mar 19, 2021:

Who Needs Bookmarks RAK -- Thanks for the awesome bookmarks. Beautiful selection.

ChrisAnne on Mar 13, 2021:

Thank you for the amazing RAK of bookmarks. I cannot wait to spread them through my many books in progress. The magnetic ones are a special treat as I love having those for my Bible!

Crafty on Mar 12, 2021:

Thank you for the beautiful bookmarks! I especially love the Poe one with my favorite quote, "Believe nothing you hear, & only half of what you see." And Winnie-the-Pooh is going into my Winnie-the-Pooh journal, a work-in-progress. Stay safe. Hugs from Ireland.

TreeAnn629 on Mar 10, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK of journal. It made my day.

CajunLady on Feb 27, 2021:

Thank you for all the bookmarks!! Me and Tera were fighting over them!!

Onaki on Feb 16, 2021:

I'm very happy that the package reached you safely and that your daughter is happy with the bundle. Thank you so much for letting me know, I truly appreciate it. Enjoy the games! :)

supersquirrel on Jan 30, 2021:

Thank you SO much for the surprise mail 💌. Love all the Tim Holtz, washi and vintage stamps you sent my way. You are such a sweet heart! You made my week-end! Thanks again ❤️🐿️❤️

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