Date Joined: May 6, 2019
Last Online: October 20, 2021
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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August 31, 2021 US mail costs have increased again: postcards are now 40¢ & a letter costs .58 ¢ If you use Forever stamps then this won’t affect you, but those of us who like to use vintage stamps should be aware. OCT 2021 The Postmaster General deJoy has said that mailing times that used to take 1 to 3 days will now take 3 to 5 days. This is a permanent change. Packages go up for the holidays. Angry? You can complain to your US representatives & your senators (unless u live in DC & don’t have them) since the PG is a federal employee. DeJoy is trying to get usps out of “the red.” USPS gets no federal funds; its operating funds come the sale of stamps f postal fees.
I would like to say: I keep seeing swappers being marked down because their recipient thinks that they mailed the swap late or some other misunderstanding of the rating rules. PLEASE READ & UNDERSTAND THE RATING REQUIREMENTS. THEY ARE SIMPLE. Although this hasn’t happened to me, Please please please do not rate late based on the date stamp or if you didn’t like your swap, or if you put more items in your swaps than your partner did for you. That’s part of the reason the computer doesn’t assign you the same person you send to. Swap-bot is for FUN and ADULTS. The requirement on Swap-bot for the “mail by“ date is that the swap has been placed in the mailbox by your home, or dropped off at the post office, or put in a mailbox somewhere. Consider this: I put my swap in my mailbox this afternoon (Friday), after my mail’s been delivered. The mail carrier picks it up Saturday afternoon and returns it to the post office, but it’s not processed because Saturday’s hours are 9-noon, or because of other new rules our current Postmaster General imposed (items are no longer required to b processed the same day as arrived at PO. Dejoy also dismantled many automatic processing machines at post offices across the nation). It won’t be processed on Sunday because the PO is always closed on Sunday. Independence Day is observed on Monday, so my letter won’t be processed then either. By Tuesday, my letter is in a bin on the bottom of everything else that came in to the post office (Saturday & )Sunday & Monday. But even if it is processed on Tuesday, the date stamp will be five days after I put it in my mailbox! There is nothing on Swap-bot that says the date stamp must match the “mail by” date!! Also if you’re trading in an international swap, many countries have no mail service on the weekends, and they could have holidays we know nothing about. Some European swappers say it takes monthS to get a swap, so I suppose it also takes a long time to get to the states. A swapper from Russia said it takes many months in the winter to get a swap! Now, I have seen date stamps literally two whole entire weeks or more after the “mail by” date. In that case, it appears that the swap was mailed late. But, it could’ve gotten lost somewhere at the post office and then discovered later. Or, something happened with the swapper that a human with a big heart might forgive (once). I would probably look at that swapper’s profile page & ratings. Do they have constant reasons by why swaps are late on their profile page? Red flag! If that swapper has almost all fives and a ton of hearts, I would blame it on the PO before I would mark the swapper down. If I were to consider marking them with a 3 or 1, I would communicate with them first. Since Covid & the craziness everywhere, that’s the current etiquette on SB now. Swap-bot is about having fun. I see no reason to mark somebody down unless it’s abundantly clear they flaked. Please don’t be a mail-date Nazi or immature ratings jerk. Thanks for reading & thinking about this.
Also, while I adore a sticker chosen just for me, or one such something similar, I have accumulated an abundance of odds & ends pieces of paper, whole sticker sheets, notecards, washi samples, etc that I have no real use for. So, I hate to sound unappreciative, but I am..😀 One item that you think might appeal to me is nice. Thanks for (hopefully) understanding.
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I’m a former 6th grade teacher, but now work for a non-profit, mostly from home. I have an independent 😀 & bright (but sometimes moody) teen and a kind, smart, & funny husband. He and I met in the local scuba diving club, and our kid is also certified. There’s an other world under the water and it’s so peaceful and beautiful!
Although I’ve lived in the South my entire life, I dream of living in a cool climate (menopause has greatly increased this desire 😓) and of snow falling on Christmas Day ❄️ . I fantasize about living in Colorado. I love snow! ‘Round here, 6” or more means school & appointments are called off and most people get an unexpected free day, which I LOVE! (Favs for snow day: a roaring, crackling 🔥 , baking, crafting, shoveling (yes, I enjoy making a path to get the car out), napping, shooting pics of snow)
I read a newspaper daily and particularly enjoy Miss Manners, Jumble, and advice columns (Carolyn Hax is so wise). I miss Dave Barry’s weekly column, Farside, and Calvin & Hobbs, but now laugh at Zits, Dilbert and Pluggers.
We live on a few acres so I enjoy seeing the wildlife, in particular the birds. I typically have a bluebird family in the spring & it’s exciting watching the full progression! I love trees and find bugs 🐛 🐜 🕷 & snakes 🐍 interesting. They’re around here all the time, so we get along just fine.
I make an effort to live environmentally-friendly (e.g., I recycle, reduce, reuse & compost, try to reduce my use of single-use plastics)
🐈 I have 2 orange tabby cat boys whom I adore, Owen & Charley 🐈
coffee flavored candy & desserts, lattes, espresso, coffee cups, quotes about coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, demitasse cups, think the Bubba Gump shrimp guy talking about shrimp...that’s me with coffee
comical items! To get an idea of my sense of humor, I find very funny:
——————- even odd things like a tiny screw, tiny piece of satin ribbon, or an itty bitty feather. Doll house things like a tiny Kleenex box or a miniature book make me lose my mind!
I like tiny things, & sparkles that aren’t too overdone .
Robert Llewellen’s photographs amaze me! robertllewellyn
interesting ideas about life in the future
natural items found outside. I usually have a bowl which I fill with natural finds I like: a feather, a tiny pine cone, a colorful stone or one in a particular shape, some interesting seeds, a pretty leaf, etc.
TV Shows/series that have been favorites include: -——————————————————— * Atypical * The Kids are Alright * Frasier * Six Feet Under * Breaking Bad * Mr Mercedes * Seinfeld * Stranger Things * Mrs. Maisel (those outfits! Wow!) * America’s Test Kitchen * Brooklyn 99 * Barefoot Contessa * and,....dare I admit it?.... The Pimple Popper
Movies I’ve loved
I’m delighted with tiny stickers or cute postage stamps or little cute pictures cut from magazines.
Homemade postcard favorites: * funny, weird or unusual magazine pics *a comic from the newspaper
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