Swap-bot Time: July 31, 2021 6:20 pm


Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: July 31, 2021
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of July 7, 2021

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

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. :)

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. paranormal stuff - especially ghosts - stories, podcasts, shows, experiences


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.) The Little Prince, Little Golden Books, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and the REAL Scooby Doo (1960's & 1970's era), The Muppets & Sesame Street, Simon's cat & Ziggy. Journal cards. Edward Gorey & Charles Addams/The Addams Family type art work, also Tim Holtz.
Cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, tarot cards, Ouija boards, haunted houses, ghosts & 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). or any tarot cards Otherwise, I'd prefer not to receive extras & tuck ins I have far too many postcards and stickers!

TV/movies: Shows I enjoy, re-watch or follow: 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 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, Knives Out

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: Lore, Cabinet of Curiosities and Unobscured by Aaron Mahnke, American Shadows, Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye, History Goes Bump by Diane Student, Shedunnit Based on this list, if you think I would enjoy podcasts you listen to, please let me know. :)

Games I play a mobile game, Disney Hero's with my husband, also Simon's Cat and Garfield mobile games, but I'm not really one for video games overall. Would play board games, if I had anyone to play them with! always loved Monopoly and Yahtzee, Life, checkers & Chinese checkers, Jenga.


Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.) No matter what you send, I will not give a heart if you spell my name wrong.

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 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 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 Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; 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; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB group related to books & writing, Reading & Writing.
I also love ghost stories and haunted house tales and am founder of a group, Ghosts! - check it out if you enjoy hauntings & cryptids.

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.


Ltiernan rated for Samhain recipes on Jul 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the recipes! They look so delicious, and as the weather is starting to cool down I can’t wait to start making them
Ettoad rated for G: World UFO day on Jul 29, 2021
Comment: 🙀 🙀🙀 I have never experienced a UFO, and my opinions on them and aliens have always been on the fence, closer to skeptical if I’m honest. Yours is the first account I’ve heard first hand, and it would’ve frightened me too!
lefroggy rated for tPCC: God or Goddess postcard on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: I really liked the postcard it is cute! I have not heard of Bastet so it was nice to learn something new. Thank you
Bucket rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: 47! I don't know how you do it. :)
AvianAine rated for R&W: Author chat on Jul 27, 2021
Comment: Hi Cindi, your swap has arrived today. Wow, your letter gave me strong goosebumps. No, not because it was about Stephen King, but because of the story you shared. It touched me. I can totally understand why you would like to have a talk with him. Even more so as I am deeply interested in consciousness. I had a severe head injury as a child but I don't know how much my brain was affected. Anyway, that was a marvellous swap idea and I deeply enjoyed it! It's so great when people (like Stephen King) find the exact words to describe something which you know so well. For me it brings relief and I guess it is about being understood. We can cope with so many challenges if we only feel understood. I have never picked up one of Stephen King's books because I consider them too scary for me, but I must admit that Duma Key sounds intriguing. PS: Very lovely ink colour and thanks for the bird bookmark 🦜
Comment: Thank you!! I love the cards and these extra cards, also the washi tape :-)
Comment: journal swap #4 received! thank you so much for all the extras!! a couple of these are going right into my next journal entry!!! cindi, i love your botanical book ... this is such a perfect size and it is so lovely .... many thanks!
Comment: Thank you and love all the extra goodies as well you are amazing !!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
Cellolady rated for Letter in a notecard #3 Int'l on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Fun that you got my daughter's book! Loved your letter, the card was really cute. I haven't been able to find historical fiction lately. I keep going back to Christian romances. I found Carla Kelly, and some of hers is regency romance, but she puts in a lot of history in her books. My neighbor is our city librarian, so I'm going to ask her for recommendations. Things have pretty much re-opened up here...but I still haven't been able to get to the library to browse the shelves. Yard and garden work tend to take over every bit of time in the summer! Thanks for the letter! Loved it.
Response: I actually just got the book back from my daughter and read it over last weekend. Very good! I plan on ordering the next book soon. Our library doesn't have the books, but I have suggested the series to them, maybe more can try them out. :) I haven't read regency romance, but I do read quite a bit of historical fiction - think I'm a bit 'burned out' on WWII eras, though. Do you ever try audiobooks while you're gardening? I like to listen to the birds sing when I'm outside, but there are some very nicely narrated historical fiction books. :)
PrettyAlice rated for Pagan Pen Pals #2 on Jul 17, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the letter and goodies! I have read it and will be replying soon.
Response: Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: Wow! These suggestions sound amazing. I think I'll start with running with scissors. 😊
Response: That book is very memorable to me! haha There's a movie based on the book, but the book is so much more - detailed, involved - wow. haha I've read most of that author's books and he's had quite an interesting life! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the heart :)
dorcii rated for Write On Challenge #1 Int'l on Jul 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you sooo much for resending the letter and the extra cards! :) I'll respond back to you as soon as I can :)
Response: I'm glad you got the re-send! Hopefully the original one will show up some time. :) Someday, in a fairy tale, all our lost mail will find us and we'll be buried in old letters and happy mail packages! :) Thanks so much for being patient. And thanks for the heart :)
FairyLady rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Oh my goodness, 47 books, I almost fainted. XD Looks like you had a amazing reading month. You're so close to your goal, keep going! ^_^ Thanks for sharing.
Response: IT was far, far, far too many books. I think several I skimmed a bit of - it seems like any book that is marked "thrilling & unputdownable" will be boring and loose my interest! when will I ever learn!? Thanks for the heart :)
KSENiA rated for R&W: In June I read ... EMAIL on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
KSENiA rated for R&W: TBR Unread Shelf June on Jul 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Response: Thanks for the heart
fiorellaione rated for R&W: TBR Unread Shelf June on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thought on the book! It does sound like a very interesting one, but it's true that I never heard of this series or author around here (which doesn't mean she isn't published here, maybe I just wasn't looking). Regarding the list... I don't even want to think about my own "cemetery" of forgotten ebooks hahaha it's easier to focus on the ones that have a physical presence around me =P
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
fiorellaione rated for R&W: June TBR progress on Jul 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your progress! This year I've been sort of numb to the passage of time, so I'm shocked and yet not surprised to the realization that we're in July already.
Response: I've lost track of time, too. Keeping monthly book lists is probably the only way of marking time! Thanks for the rating & heart :)
Fuchsi rated for G: Introductions on Jul 7, 2021
Comment: Hello Cindi, I just prepared the next swap for you and when I opened my mailbox, I found your awesome card in it. Thanks a lot for this! ^.^ I've never been to a "haunted house"-tour, too, but yes, we have so many old castles and buildings in Germany, that it's impossible to not visit a place where some tragic accident, murder or other incidents happened, so as part of a "normal" castle tour, I often heard of stories, like "Oh, by the way, the earl was so mad of his wife cheating on him, that he stabbed her right in front of this window." or "(true story in Dresden!) "the princess was declared mad and buried alive by building a wall in front of her door and leaving only a small window for food and water; sie died after 2 years imprisonment and it's her bedroom, where we are standing right now. :-)" It's often just told like every other story, too, and only after you started to think about it, you have this "ohh..."-moment. XD Anyways: Thanks a lot for the selfmade card and have a wonderful day!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the card. :) Often times, history and hauntings overlap so much, we don't stop to think about it! Well, maybe not hauntings exactly, but tragic events. Some parts of the US have seem so much trauma, you can barely take a step without being on land where someone died. :( I can't help but think some of that energy remains.
Comment: Love your letters. TYSVM!!!
Response: Glad the letters arrived! Thanks for the heart, and thanks for joining in! :)
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: In June I read ... EMAIL on Jul 1, 2021
Comment: Wow! You read a lot!
Response: Yeah, I read way too much. I can only remember a few of the story lines now, so I need to never do that again!

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Leekoba on Jul 30, 2021:

Thank you for the postcard :)

PrincessLeia on Jun 22, 2021:

Thanks for an awesome RAK! I love all the halloween stickers and PCs. And I Really LOVE all those starwars stamps. Im going to have to rewatch them and workout where the other droids fit in! THANKYOU!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

patricia8288 on May 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for the awesome mental health rak. Good vibes😊❤️

MamaD on May 25, 2021:

Thank you so much once again for your awesome and generous RAK from the PF Mental Health Journal giveaway!! I actually should have received it several days ago apparently, but the post office put the slip in the wrong box!! Luckily the person receiving it saw it wasn't theirs! Thank you again!!

MamaD on May 18, 2021:


Thank you so very very much for the wonderful assortment of teas!! I cannot wait to try them! They will be put to good use!! Thank you again for your kindness! I really needed that pick me up!!

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!

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