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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: September 26, 2021

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About Me

Updated September 10, 2021

All the Jewish High Holidays are in September this year: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkoth and Simcha Torah. These keep me busy, baking round challah and cooking. This year I'm swapping food with friends rather than entertaining: I prepare crowd-size dishes, but not so many, and then friends and I swap so we all have the usual variety of dishes. It's a nice new tradition in the time of Covid.

I'm not signing up for swaps in September and it's good for ratings in both directions to catch up!

I'm a retired software engineer and application architect. I'm working on websites for a couple of nonprofit organizations. I've learned when people ask me to build a website, I ask them to prepare content, enough for 30 webpages. That's often when their dream dies.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. These days I'm simplifying complicated recipes, like crustless cheese-less quiche with three ingredients plus salt, pepper and herbs. What are your favorite foods? How do you make them? I drink lots of tea, mostly herbal now, if a swap suggests sending tea in sealed packets.

Sometimes I make fancy envelopes and some are pretty good. The best ideas come from mail art that I receive, like tearing a map to cover the front of an envelope. I have lots of Japanese washi tape and often use just that on outgoing envelopes. Some people tell me they pull it off the envelopes I send and reuse it. I would love to receive unused vintage US postage stamps or unused postage stamps from other countries to decorate envelopes. Lots of Stamps on an Envelope swap requirements don't say they all need to be from my country!

I enjoy writing and often send letters or longish notes with swaps, even when they aren't required. That's the extra I send. I'd love to receive lined letter paper, folded or not.

Traveling is my greatest love. I worked and lived in Israel and India and lived in Paris, all places I enjoyed despite not having time for sightseeing. (I never went up the Eiffel Tower.) Until the pandemic I traveled quite a bit. Now I'm waiting to see where I can go next. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?

My spouse went to a UMN mask wearing clinic and showed me how to put on an N95 mask. Don't pinch! Smooth the whole wire over the bridge of your nose, then press it in with the heel of your hand, then smooth it again. I tried it and there's much less fussing to get it right.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes and written, naked postcards. I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing; I set them aside so I won't send them for Swap-bot swaps. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder. Please send nice, colorful and cheerful postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends.

If you're sending me a naked postcard, please send one that's a favorite of yours, sender's choice or for a swap with a theme.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts. Postcards from the US when you're from elsewhere! Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. Not those childish Distributed by Michael's Inc. designs. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3. (Lucky you if there's a Half Price Books near you.) Please, no junk.

manders loves kawaii

Omurice is a wonderful quick dinner. I make it with Trader Joe's Japanese Fried Rice and extra frozen vegetables, thin omelettes that we lay over the fried rice, and ketchup. And now it's turning up in kawaii like Ojipan and I love them all!


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at faux Starbucks.

I'd appreciate stickers and memos for mail art: faux postage, letters, writing implements, and stationery.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, and pastel Sentimental Circus.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

No, thanks. Poo and bottoms aren't kawaii to me. 3D stickers from sheets and sticker flakes, especially PVC and puffy. Real photos made cute aren't so cute to me. Unicorns are too sweet for me.

Books I Recommend

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
  • Book club books: Nemesis by Philip Roth, a novel about the polio epidemic; When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Pulitzer Prize winner The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • A Promised Land. Barack Obama's memoir, read by Barack Obama
  • The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I read and loved the first three books in the series The Queen's Thief ages ago and will backtrack to 4 and 5 in the series.
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell and The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old, a poignant and sometimes hilarious account of aging.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. I read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of his feminist novels. It amazed us that his characters feel contemporary.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. It's excellent and deeply discouraging.
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley, a YA fantasy author. I'm binging on her books now, as my turn comes up on the hold list. Every story is unique!
  • Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas: I'm bingeing on the audiobooks. The endings surprise me!

No, thank you

  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it. I drink lots of tea!
  • Ephemera, scrap book paper, and the like. I'm not very good at paper craft. My phone is my planner and my journal is unadorned.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi tape.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Postcards: see above
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org: People can be exposed to thirdhand smoke by touching contaminated surfaces (absorption through the skin).
  • Unicorns, unless they are images of the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


Reisegern rated for Fluxus Mail Art on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for your amazing Mail Art, dear Meredith! It absolutely made my day very happy. I will get back to you via PM.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I was anxious! Let's do this again, new topic!
lnguyen124 rated for KSU: YOU pick the theme treat bag on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Opening this happy mail was truly a TREAT! I loved everything you sent, I had a huge smile on my face as I opened everything, thank you so much Meredith!
Response: You're so welcome! Yours is exactly the response I hoped for!
Comment: Thankyou so very much, what a lovely swap! Hope you are staying safe, cheers 😀
Response: You're welcome! Safe, yes. My husband started teaching in person this week and was relieved to see that all the students in the lecture hall wore masks. He'd been anxious for weeks.
Comment: Thanks so much for the kawaii flakes and memos (some are new to me) -- all so neatly packaged. And a handwritten note is always a nice touch. Happy swap!
Response: You're welcome! Thank you for hosting the swap. It's nice to participate in a kawaii swap that's not KSU.
glassnowdrop rated for Non-Touristy Postcards #29 on Sep 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the great postcards! I love the captain marvel one in particular :) All the best!
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you have a wordy profile!
weatherwax rated for CPG-Fast Blind Swap - Global on Sep 8, 2021
Comment: Both envelopes arrived today and they are wonderful!!! We opened the po box on the 24th aug. and on the 3rd sept and they were not there, they seem to have waited for each other...thank you for introducing me to Higuchi Yuko, such wonderful artwork!!! Your Mail is always so poetic, I love your sense for details!! Thank you Merdith for all these treasures ✨❤️
Response: You're welcome. Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad both arrived and that you love Higuchi too!
Comment: Oh wow, these are great pcs! I haven’t seen the Stillwater Prison one before. Thank you so much!!
Response: You're so welcome. I'd just found the Stillwater Prison postcard in Stillwater and was happy to see that you collect prison postcards - on nearly the same day!
sebastian122 rated for KSU: KWIK Kawaii: 30 flakes! on Sep 2, 2021
Comment: Love love love the toast flakes, and you can send me those groceries any swap! Love the destash, too. Feeling super lucky!!
Response: Lots of groceries for your cookbook! Yes, it's better to be lucky than good.
susieq11 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8O on Sep 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome postcards. I am dying over the diagram one! LOVE!! All are perfect - Holocaust Museum, women’s voting, tree with stars. Hope all of your family is doing well now. And as always - love to see your washi!! xoxo
Response: You're welcome! I explore the far reaches of my collection to send you ones I've not sent before. Family is getting ready for in-person lecturing next week. My job is to take him clothes shopping and give him a haircut.
Comment: Thank you so much for the great cards and the lovely note! <3
Response: You're so welcome!
marclively rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #217 on Aug 25, 2021
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Another massive swap from you! Dang! And the UFO tape continues to delight. XOXO
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you still like the UFO tape.
Comment: Thank you for the pen pal letter. I really enjoyed reading it. I love the Disney postcards very much.
Response: I'm glad you liked reading it! Writing the letter was a good way to think about what I did this summer.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: 25 Flake Stickers! on Aug 21, 2021
Comment: I don't know, manders. This doesn't look like 25 flakes. It looks like a buttload of everything! LOL And the UFO washi is a scream!! As for corn, we dip it in boiling water to take the chill off. Practically raw would be the best description. ;-)
Response: 😁 Making a good effort to destash. I love that tape but its being vertical makes it hard to place. I'm a corn snob now - if it's not fresh off the field...
ccmmsu rated for KSU: Only send... Q-Lia on Aug 20, 2021
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you for the awesome selection of Q-Lia. I'm especially loving the flakes. Soooo cute! And I love the space ones, too.
Response: You're welcome. I buy every bit of space-themed kawaii I see! Washi tape too.
sera rated for Kawaii Sticker Flakes Swap USA #48 on Aug 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the stickers! They’re cute! I think my favorites are the bunnies, I love the cheerleading one! I would love to try an aeroguarden too, I always wanted to buy one of the small ones. I have a naughty cat who loves to destroy plants, though, so I don’t know if I’ll ever buy one LOL. Thanks again!
Response: You're welcome! I suppose putting plants up high, out of the cat's way would be a temptation!
Comment: Thanks for some great cards! My area only got smoke one day but it has been a hot summer!
Response: You're welcome! I always enjoy a good scavenger hunt.
simcoe54 rated for Three Postcards in an Envelope #8M on Aug 14, 2021
Comment: Great postcards. Thanks
Response: You're welcome
Ymbryne rated for IFM: Washi Scavenger Hunt on Aug 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you very much for the cute tapes :) I really enjoy cooking and baking as well. Probably even more than paper crafts but one can never have to much washi :) I wish you a nice day ♥️
Response: You're welcome! I can't wait for cooler weather so I can resume baking.
Mimosagirl rated for MAIL ART - Rubber Stamps on Aug 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome stickers. I have a subscription for Stickii too but only get one pack and the stickers you sent are all new to Me. I'm very sorry about the fires, I've been keeping everyone affected in My thoughts. Your envelope art in great, I love the rubber stamped images.
Response: You're welcome. I don't get those rubber stamps out often enough. Air is clearer here now. I hope y'all are safe in MO now with the Covid wildfires.

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sebastian122 on Sep 19, 2021:

Lunch/bento, you are correct!! =D

Lonestarchild on Sep 10, 2021:

Thanks for sharing Back-to-School news for WW August!

Mimosagirl on Sep 3, 2021:

Thank you very much for sharing your mini memos! I have a childs lunch box full of little cello bags if you need more. We can do a swap ❤️

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2021:

Thank you so much for the amazing postcard! It triggered me to come back to SB to check out what is going on. The dust is finally starting to settle and I hope to be swapping again soon!!!

lnguyen124 on Aug 23, 2021:

Thank you for the kawaii mini memos, you are too sweet!

djcamp04 on Aug 22, 2021:

Woohoo, a double wish granted from WW by you!!! I love the Washi samples and bakers twine you sent! THANK YOU!!

kiddomerriweather on Aug 21, 2021:

Thank you for the Lantern Press PC's you sent for my August WW. Our South Dakota trip has been moved back until spring or summer of next year due to my travel partner's work schedule. I'm relieved because I need to save more money. I hope you're staying cool and safe.

ChrisAnne on Aug 19, 2021:

Thank you for the sweet letter from my Wonderful Wishes August wish list. I appreciate your sweet blessing.

anicka22 on Aug 19, 2021:

Thank you so much! I love reading about your life and the clear stamps are just awesome ( as is the washi on your envie, which I am going to reuse . Stay safe and healthy dear friend!

Cgscdy on Aug 17, 2021:

Tysm for all the cute memos! WW-AUG

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