Swap-bot Time: January 19, 2022 8:46 am


Date Joined: April 3, 2011
Last Online: January 18, 2022
Birthday: February 17
Country: United States
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About Me

I have a #1 rating for a swap I have sent to Malalysia TWICE and even have a .jpg of the last time I sent it, but my partner won't respond to my messages. How do I get rid of the #1?

I am a sedentary type (because I am large sized!), who is a TV addict and avid reader. I love writing, internet, movies. Love writing letters. Have kept a daily blog since 2000--nearly 7400 entries.

Raised 5 children and have two granddaughters, born in 2008 and 2011. I sponsor several children around the world with Compassion International

Live with husband of 55 years (as of 6/26), our son and his wife, and an obnoxious Chihuahua who has, over the last 10 years or so managed to train us very well. We also have a squirrel named Dexter who lives in our back yard and begs for peanuts every day, and Ned's dog, Bouncer.

Walt saved for travel in our retirement and we have traveled a bit in the last few years. England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Russia, China, Istanbul, a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, and Ukraine--good thing we went when we did because it may be awhile before that becomes a tourist destination again! I spent six wonderful weeks in Australia in 2003. I will never make my dream trip, now -- a photo safari in Africa. My body couldn't handle it any more.

Love seeing new places and meeting new people! I am pro-choice and supported Marriage Equality, but have a good friend who is vehemently opposed to both and we are still friends, so I am polite to those with whom I disagree. Just don't try to convert me...and I won't try to convert you.

Favorite Books

  • "East of Eden" (and all Steinbeck)
  • "Prince of Tides" (Pat Conroy)
  • "The Mother Tongue" (Bill Bryson)

  • Any Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Harlan Coben, Vince Flynn, Patricia Cornwell (when she was good), David Baldacci, James Patterson (before he became a book-writing factory and the quality dipped way down)

  • Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series

  • I like biographies and autobiographies and really any good story.

Favorite Television

Outlander, Stephen Colbert, Jeopardy, NCIS (and LA), Criminal Minds, Young Sheldon, Orange is the New Black, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, any good medical drama, Amazing Race, This is Us, and many of the Food Network shows.

Shows I miss: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Big Bang Theory, The West Wing, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Designated Survivor, Schitt's Creek, Northern Exposure and so many others.

Postcards I like

  • Animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants, whales.
  • Inge Look
  • Babies (human or animal)
  • Australian scenes
  • African scenes
  • Russia scenes
  • China Scenes
  • Van Gogh
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Smiley faces
  • Ocean scenes
  • Judy Garland
  • Anything showing books, writing, or typewriters
  • Theaters (inside or out)
  • Anything that makes you go "awww"
  • funny cards
  • "message" cards

Things I Love

  • The color red
  • Irish and Scottish things
  • All animals, especially dogs, horses, elephants and whales
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Washi tape
  • Rubber stamps on wood blocks
  • Stamp pads
  • Rainbows
  • Vintage music & movies (40s and 50s)
  • Show music
  • World music
  • Stickers, any kind
  • Peanuts stuff (love Snoopy)
  • Muppets stuff
  • books
  • audio books
  • strawberries (the fruit, the scent, the color)
  • I'm addicted to juice oranges and mandarins

Things I'm not so fond of

  • tea (it's ok, but not a favorite)
  • licorice
  • dark chocolate
  • Anything Goth
  • Religious stuff
  • Violence of any kind
  • tattoos
  • jewelry (I wear very little)
  • make-up (I don't wear it)
  • the color orange (I don't wear it)
  • Heavy metal
  • Prejudice of any kind, particularly homophobia
  • Cruelty to any animals
  • Donald Trump

Favorite Foods

Because my latest swap includes food, recipes, etc, here is a list of some of my favorite foods

  • milk chocolate
  • pastries
  • Dungeness crab
  • Mexican food
  • Chinese food
  • fruits (especially strawberries, pineapple, bananas, fresh oranges)
  • artichokes
  • avocados
  • popcorn
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts & Toasted almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peet's French Roast Coffee

Did you not receive my swap?

A beautiful comment borrowed from ( Kvwanderlost ) , which I am adding after a particularly nasty comment I received:

I am in Swap-Bot to have fun as I believe the majority of all you wonderful nice people are! So please don't write to me with attitude if I missed something or forgot something or overlooked something. I am very happy to make something up to you if I messed up but could you please be nice about it? Also if you didn't receive my swap could you please send me a message first instead of throwing out a 1? I always send my swaps and if you didn't receive it most likely it has been lost by the post office and I will always send a replacement if you will just let me know. Just send me a nice private message and it's done! Let's have fun folks, this isn't a place for powertrips or freakouts about something that is supposed to be a fun hobby.

Also, before getting angry about something sent "3 hours late," consider that there are personal things going on in other people's lives, and cut them a little slack.


KumquatGirl rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #3 on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: I loved your blog post Bev, really lovely photos, thank you for sharing!
cassie3001 rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #3 on Jan 18, 2022
Comment: Hello, Bev! Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos for the Happiness Scavenger Hunt! I really love the photo of your mom peeling apples. My grandma always made the best apple pies, so I understand the sentiment. As far as I know, we don't have any photos of her peeling apples, but that would be such a treasure. I remember baking apple pies with her when I would sleepover; it was only within the last year that I learnt she didn't even like cooked apples, she made the pies because we loved them.
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard from Sacramento and sharing your thought about what you want to do in the new year. I also would like to read more.
Dragonwriter rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #3 on Jan 12, 2022
Comment: Such a cool Blog! ( what site?) Thanks for sharing!
SterlingRose rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #2 on Jan 4, 2022
Comment: I'm sorry I didn't rate you sooner, I thought I had! Thank you for sharing your photos with me.
Stachel rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #2 on Dec 29, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos. I also love the sound of the ocean. 😊
mchesser12 rated for ESG: 3-2-1 November on Dec 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a great visit with family. Don’t you love when big problems become small ones!! Love Walt’s sense of humor.
HappyMom rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #2 on Dec 23, 2021
Comment: I loved seeing your photos and reading your comments. I am so glad that Ned and Marta are there to help. Merry Christmas to all!
Comment: Thank you for the card! :-) I hope you're doing well and staying safe!
Comment: Yes, we do have a lot in common and yes I will send a letter shortly. I do participate in the OFAP coffee group sporadically when I think I have something of value to say. I do enjoy reading what others say and I have been reading about your theater reviews (off and on) for years. Sometimes I am too busy in my own local events to do much online. Take care. I'll write soon. Sandy
Comment: Embarrassingly, I don't know much about that topic!! But I see it a lot in movies so I know there is a mystery there. Thanks for the funny card!
grammypammy rated for ESG: 3-2-1 November on Dec 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sending your answers to me via message! Thanks for sharing with me all the things from November and for December. Interesting thing about pineapples, I'll have to research that as well. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, how sad that her family has had to wait this long to do her service. Hey, don't worry about forgetting something like that, I've done that before and realized after my panic episode that I was looking at the wrong thing or way to do something. Enjoy your day!
JossieAyame rated for ESG: 3-2-1 November on Dec 4, 2021
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #77 on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: I’ve tried to downsize my physical books and read a bunch on Kindle too. Take care!
cassie3001 rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #1 on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: These photos really made me smile! I have a Bichon Frise and I can safely say that they are great to touch.
freespirit66 rated for Happiness Scavenger Hunt #1 on Nov 30, 2021
Comment: That's such a great t-shirt! Those bichon frises are gorgeous! They look so soft. The Cliffs of Moher look amazingly beautiful!
Poohtat rated for NYUP USA Only #77 on Nov 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard
RiverTopanga rated for NYUP USA Only #77 on Nov 20, 2021
Comment: Bev, what a beautiful pc. Makes me hungry! Reminiscent of a Rockwell painting.. super cool! My son's girlfriend graduated in May, summa cum laude from SAC State with a theater major. Not acting, but more like managing venues and behind the scenes. She and my son moved to NY this fall so she can find a job in a theater there. Is it fun or nerve wracking being a critic? Stupid question! Fun if the play is good, nerve wracking if it's bad, right? Lol 🙂 thanks again for the pc!
Response: It's fun while watching the play; nerve wracking when I sit down to write a review!
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks

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lambchoppy on Jan 29, 2020:

Hi there! Promoting a PC swap I'm hosting if you're interested. Have a nice day!

Sticker PC Swap #12 - USA ONLY

yvonne401 on Oct 2, 2019:

Welcome to Swaps in the U.S.A.! It's great to have you here!



stiffneck78 on May 8, 2019:

Profile check! Enjoy your day.

kpfree on Mar 7, 2019:

Hi Bev! This is Kyra and your penpal for the January February March Penpal swap. Your letter is going out today! Ive enjoyed tremendously our correspondence. I am sending you a belated birthday wish and to many more wonderful experiences in your life! Bye for now! Kyra

kpfree on Jan 15, 2019:

Hi Bev! Kyra here and your penpal for the Jan-Feb-Mar 2019 letter swap arrived today. Thank you for the 2 interesting postcards you included. THe egghead postcard up close was very interesting! Enjoyed very much a bit about who you are and your likes and dislikes as well as how things are for you right now! Awesome! Will be writing back and chatting with you. Will write something this week for you and mail it out. If you want you can read my profile to get a small snapshot of my beingness in the world. It was fun to connect with you! Enjoyed seeing the washi coffee or tea cups tape across the back flap of the envie!

tamtamlee on Jan 4, 2019:

Happy New Year Bev!

January Letter went out today for the "January, February, March 2019 Letters"

FiveAcres on Nov 20, 2018:

Happy Thanksgiving

grammypammy on Mar 6, 2018:

jukejan on Feb 19, 2018:

Happy Birthday to you!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 5, 2017:

From Cheap Postage Group!


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