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VAgardengirlgirl

VAgardengirlgirl
Date Joined: May 6, 2019
Last Online: October 20, 2021
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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About Me

About me

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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.

What I like to do

  • gardening, (growing mostly flowers)
  • visiting state & national parks
  • looking at gardens
  • walking wooded trails,
  • reading (novels & news)
  • cooking
  • crafting
  • traveling
  • going to art museums

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 🐈

Particular ** favorite** things: are

COFFEE

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

I also like

comical items! To get an idea of my sense of humor, I find very funny:

  • David Sedaris
  • Andy Griffith & Barney
  • Dave Barry
  • Mike & Molly
  • Atypical
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Key & Peel *Bob ❤️ Abishola
  • Brooklyn 99

ITEMS I FIND ENDEARING

MINIATURES

——————- 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 .

  • postage stamps x miniature art!
  • hippos, 🦛 especially baby hippos
  • pastels, especially periwinkle
  • flowers; my favorite is a bluet; not a fan of roses
  • cute baby animals. What baby isn’t cute?
  • birds, real or drawn
  • trees 🌲
  • anything having to with Thomas Jefferson
  • anything with a bicycle 🚲
  • clocks & watches ⏰

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  • photos of all sorts, especially close ups

Robert Llewellen’s photographs amaze me! robertllewellyn

## I also really like

  • early photos of famous people
  • Quaint churches ⛪ with simple steeples
  • colored or shaped paper clips & cute binder clips
  • origami
  • cute sticky notes (all sizes)
  • small matchbox crafts
  • tiny bottles (like old perfume bottles)
  • magazine ads with odd photos
  • 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.

Books I’ve particularly enjoyed:

  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Dress Your Children in Corduroy & Denim
  • Gone Girl
  • Angela’s Ashes
    • A Gentleman in Moscow*
  • Prince of Tides
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Go Ask Alice
    • The Book Thief*
  • Americanah
    • Middlesex*
    • The Corrections*
    • A Mother’s Reckoning*

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

  • The Wife
  • Fargo
  • the Sound of Music
  • Harold & Maude
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin
  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Shawshank Redemption

Inserts I’d like

I’m delighted with tiny stickers or cute postage stamps or little cute pictures cut from magazines.

NOT INTO

  • Goth
  • mustard yellow
  • religious stuff (but do like holiday icons like bunnies & holly & gingerbread houses.
  • “Dislike” lists that are longer than the “like” list

postcard favorites

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Princess Margaret (**The Crown* has piqued my interest in lesser known royals)
  • Photos of old cars, rustic homes, antiques,
  • outdoor clocks
  • churches,
  • mailboxes,
  • streetcars,
  • maps,
  • trees,
  • musicians,
  • iron fences,
  • steam trains,
  • art photos,
  • black & white photos,
  • postcards of famous people in their early days
  • old maps

Homemade postcard favorites: * funny, weird or unusual magazine pics *a comic from the newspaper

Ratings

Pei04 rated for September 2021: What Did You Read? on Oct 21, 2021
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your list of books :)
tatntole rated for Match the Envelope - Int’l on Oct 20, 2021
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Comment: I assume this was for this swap. It wasn't noted anywhere but I'm pretty sure this is what it was for. Cute envelope with a little drawn dachshund on the front that looks so much like my Zoey. My etsy site has nothing on it right now and it use to have beaded eyeglasses chains mostly. I took everything down when we moved from Liverpool, NY to Concord NC. The Zentangle postcard was for a swap I was in and the Zentangle Pumpkin is a image I found somewhere and copied for my profile. You right-click on the image, copy the image, and then you go to edit profile, choose where you want to pin the picture, then ![](pin image address here). I'd be happy to try to help you figure out how to post something if you want. Congratulations on your marriage and baby. Thats one heck of a midlife crisis, but a happy one for sure! Let me know if I got this wrong, okay?
Response: Wow! This is the first. I don’t think I have ever forgotten to put on the name of the swap before! I guess I was very excited about writing you a letter. Ha ha Thanks for the posting photos advice. I’m not sure why I can’t get it to work..too many pixels? Not in jpg form? I will try & get back to you. At the very least I’d really like to post some of my collaborative coloring postcards and round robin stamp postcards. I apologize for not putting the name of the swap on there. Thanks for cut me some slack. 💕
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. Have a wonderful day and happy swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for the mail. That is one interesting set of books. I do listen quite a lot to audible so it was great to see a small selection from it as well. Happy reading to you!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the card. I have been thinking very much about the quote. Losing a pet is so hard and for someone who finds it difficult of letting go of material things such physical loss, the reality breaks my heart, damages my body and leaves me in chaos.
Labella79 rated for Profile Postcards on Oct 10, 2021
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Comment: Thank you so, so much for this beautiful baby elephant postcard <3 It's really cute :-) Thank you for sharing it with me. I hope I can travel again in 2022, too. I haven't been anywhere in the last 3 years now:-( But I'm hoping for next year:-)
myancey rated for Food packaging cardboard swap 18 on Oct 9, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for the creative biscotti piece u sent. And I love the stamps. Where did u find these cuties?
Response: Sounds like the dipped biscotti made it! Yay! I believe the “monster stamps with messages “ are new this year & I got them from the USPS site. I find if I order stamps from USPS I get their beautiful PHILATELIC catalog of current stamps (3x/yr?), with stories about the newly issued stamps & large graphics. Really nice for crafts! Of course, there r lots of stamps for sale on eBay & Etsy, at varying costs. Google “USPS STAMPS SESAME STREET” & you’ll see what I mean. For monsters, https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/message-monsters-stamps-S_481304 Thank you for hosting these fun swaps!
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Comment: Thank you so much for the Alfred Hitchcock postcard, I love it! It sounds like we have a lot in common - I wished we lived closer! :) Stay safe and be well! xo
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Comment: Thank you for the cool post card! I didn’t know there were so many state parks in VA!
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Comment: thank you for the very cool card, i love going on nature walks and seeing stuff like that. (10/5
sleepykitty rated for WIYM: Say .... WHAT???? on Oct 4, 2021
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Comment: $3,000 for a catbit (or is it rabcat?) is a great deal. Sign me up for two! I completely understand why they're going fast!!!! Thanks for a good laugh! :D
Response: I call it a “cabbit” ;>}
CHOWEFACE rated for Where you from? Postcard swap #1 on Oct 2, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the RVA card. I visited there a few years ago when my brother lived in Norfolk.
JenniferJo rated for Where you from? Postcard swap #1 on Oct 1, 2021
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Comment: Thank you for the cool postcard!
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Comment: Oh wow, that sounds way too spicy for me too!! I'm usually cautious with spicy ingredients the first time I make a recipe - you never know how it's going to turn out! Have you tried the tandoori chicken recipe again, with less chili powder?
Response: No, too many traumatic memories from the first time I tried! In fact, I don’t think I’ve even ordered it in a restaurant.
03Scarlett rated for Quick PC TRIVIA Swap on Sep 30, 2021
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Comment: Thanks so much for sharing your trivia, I really enjoyed reading what you wrote. Oh and Kyla, I'm sure will enjoy her CatTrivia when she wakes up. lol Have a good day, Nancy! 😊
ArtyBeth3 rated for Fall Cards Swap on Sep 25, 2021
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Comment: I love the “looking up” view of the yellow fall trees! I enjoyed your note and quote. Happy fall! 🍁
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Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!

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Comments

lou on Aug 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

dcp0112 on Apr 5, 2021:

Have a wonder spring & have fun planting those beautiful flowers!!

VAgardengirlgirl on Mar 26, 2021:

Many thanks to porkpie5 for uploading the coloring collab! I love the different ways swappers colored it!

porpie5 on Mar 26, 2021:

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