Swap-bot Time: August 19, 2022 4:21 pm


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Last Online: August 19, 2022
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

If you want a heart, you will read or at least scan my profile to see what I like and don't like! Hint: Don't send me stickers!

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in!Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

I'm adding this saguaro blossom image hoping it will show up this time. I seldom have any luck with this.

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Ikat78 rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #2 on Aug 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Carol! Thank you for such a fun, cute postcard. I love it! 💕
ccmmsu rated for LLU: Traveling Library Card Swap #23 on Aug 15, 2022
Comment: Hi Carol! Thank you for the TLC, wonderful note, and stickers and stamps! Those stickers are beautiful, and I will put them to good use. :) I put both the Girl with the Louding Voice and The Whale Rider on hold with my library. Thank you for recommending them -- I think I will really enjoy them both.
Comment: Thank you for the email, I hope you are doing well.
tatntole rated for BLC bookcover/theme PC USA #3 on Aug 9, 2022
Comment: Sounds like an interesting book to listen to.
Comment: Hi Carol, I really enjoyed reading your account of what you read and listened to this month. Like you, I write plays and audio drama so I was particularly interested in your comments on the various plays. Ripcord sounds particularly attractive. I doubt I will be able to get hold of a copy here but I'll have a try. And I found myself thinking about the challenges of adapting 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NIght-time' for the stage, given the complexity of the novel (which I also enjoyed). It obviously also raises some interesting casting choices -- should you cast an able-bodied actor as the boy or find an actor with autism? Interestingly, in the UK, colour-blind casting is becoming more common (so that Hamlet might, for example be played by a black or Asian actor) but at the same time there's quite a lot of attempting to cast actors with disabilities for roles that portray disabled people. And finally, I've added 'True Biz' to my 'books I'd like to read' list! Thanks for sharing.
Response: So glad you enjoyed my list! I managed to find a copy of the script for both "Curious Incident.." and "Ripcord" on Scribd! I's a subscription service, but usually has a free month offer when you first join. They seem to have lots of plays! Thanks so much for reading my list and reviews and for the heart!
Comment: Thanks, I'll look that one up! And thanks for joining the swap.
Response: You are welcome! Happy Reading!
Comment: Thanks! I'd highly recommend Convenience Store Woman and There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job. They're both about women's lives, but very different from the usual "women's fiction." I also liked Grotesque, Out, Earthlings, Six Four, and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.
Response: Cool! thanks for the recs! I'll take a look and add them to my (ever-growing) TBR list! Thanks for the heart!
hazelwitch3 rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 4 on Aug 2, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing your response to your Jubilee read this month. The Whale Rider sounds great -- I'm going to add it to my TBR list. You did an excellent job of persuading me to read it! There were several that I considered reading this month and that was one of them -- although in the end I opted for the Canadian-authored The Handmaid's Tale because it's one of those books I felt I really ought to have read. But in August I'm again moving away from North America and GB. I've very much enjoyed this series of swaps. I do hope you'll join in the remaining ones!
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! I intend to finish them out, and I'm going to check out more of the books from the decades I missed. Such a cool idea! So many great books. I read The Handmaids Tale back when it first came out and loved it, then. I considered re-reading it, but I really wanted to seek out authors and books I was not already familiar with. Many on the list were not available, sadly. So much great literature we ignore because it's not from the USA or GB. I love that the list has books from the Commonwealth -- so many other cultures! Thanks so much for hosting this swap! I hope you like The Whale Rider!
pernie123 rated for BLC: Big Jubilee Read 4 on Jul 31, 2022
Comment: Nicely described, but not my type of book or movie. Thank you.
Response: Thanks for the heart! It is definitely not for everyone. Thanks for rating!
ktk8 rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #1 on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: fun fun fun altered postcard.... I love it... many hearts to you...... hope you are having fun in Montana and are COOLER.
Response: So glad you liked it! Montana was fantastic! SO gorgeous and definitely cooler than Phoenix! Lovely weather while we were there!Thanks for the heart!
squince rated for BLC Book recommendation Postcard #15 on Jul 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the rec!!
Response: You are welcome!
Comment: Thanks for sending me this great postcard to send forward. I sure am hoping you fully recover soon! Stay safe! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: Thanks for the hearted 5! I never got that sick, but it was enough to spoil some plans I had been looking forward to. I'm just glad I was over it in time for a family trip to Montana!
Comment: I hope you are feeling better!! Thank you for the book recommendations also. xxMuggleMom
Response: You are welcome! Thanks for the heart! I'm much better. Didn't really feel sick at all, but I wanted to be sure I didn't give it to anyone who might get really sick. Glad to be negative again! Stay safe!
tatntole rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #118 on Jul 6, 2022
Comment: I'll have to think about it for a day or two and then finish it and send it home.
Comment: I loved how you explained why you didn't like Dolly's book. Great write up and reading.
Comment: Interesting books you've read. I know now to avoid the James Patterson/Dolly Parton book and to look for the Howards' biography. Thanks for sending!
Comment: I received the postcards today. Thank you as well for your book suggestions. I’ve already put a couple on my ‘to read’ list ❤️🦋
ÇisnerosV rated for Junk Journal Round 18 on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you, as usual a great journal page.
Comment: thanks! excited to pass on!
DaisyNY rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #109 on Jun 24, 2022
Comment: It has been a while. I like your fish - he is the star of the card.

Rating Overview

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DaisyNY on Jul 21, 2022:

In case you were wondering how this turned out:

wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

BigSockTramp on Sep 3, 2021:

Thanks for your contribution to the AMA collab PC (#96-97)! I love that it ended up looking kind of like a PSA against domestic violence or promoting safer sex. https://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/public-service-announcement?context=album&albumId=2496677%3AAlbum%3A2561375

WoodlandBanshee on May 17, 2021:

Thank you for your contribution and sending home this great Collaboration postcard.

WoodlandBanshee on Apr 12, 2021:

Thank you for finishing and sending home my pass and pass postcard! It's lovely!

ktk8 on Jan 11, 2021:

Hi CAROL and THANK you for completing the HOLIDAY CARD.... it arrived today and is so nice... I love love love it ... the use of netting and the pretty tree make me smile.... thank you.... it got here totally INTACT...... happy happy!!!! and am sending you many <3 's!!

Happy New Year.....

Kate ktk8

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