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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: June 17, 2021

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On My Mind

Updated June 16, 2021

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 enjoy 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. My niece just received her PhD in plant pathology from Stanford and is taking time off before her first job. We are talking about where we might go. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?


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 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 to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. 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.)

manders loves kawaii


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.

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.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Please, not those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Scenery Cartoons Retro Postcards.
  • 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.


Lonestarchild rated for CPG June 2021 SC PC - US Only on Jun 15, 2021
Comment: That's so cool. Thank you!
Comment: Meredith, thank you for the sweet notecard and stickers, Rilakkuma is so adorable!!! I remember they have a bunch of Sanrio stores out in California. They don't have any here though. Such cute stuff! Hope you have a good summer, I'll be inside too it's SO hot! Take Care, Steph
Response: You're welcome! There's a San-x store in Pittsburgh of all places!
asddsa28 rated for KSU: Strawberries on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: wow! sooo meany cute strawberries! thank you love the cat memo. I was so happy when I saw all the sticker flakes! thank you so much.
Response: You're welcome! I thrilled that I made you do happy!
grammypammy rated for UHM: Odd Holiday Postcards June on Jun 11, 2021
Comment: Love these postcards! Thank you so much for them and the sticker flakes!
Response: You're welcome. I'm so glad you love them! And I'm always happy to share kawaii!
Comment: Thank you very much for the postcard. Not sure where this country is. Hope you make good with your garden though.
Response: You're welcome. I think it's Germany or Austria. If you type the main title into Google, it's sure to pinpoint the location! Both countries have that sort of festival and both are German-speaking countries.
Comment: Hey Meredith thanks for your cute postcard 🌸🌸
Response: You're welcome!
Ellen101 rated for KSU: 20/20/20 on Jun 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the fun kawaii memos! I also like the various sizes that you sent! 😊
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Wohooo :) Your wonderful envelope arrived! Thank you so very much for sending another delightful envelope!!! The stamps you used are superb! I looove your note :), the recipe <3 and all those fantastic paperfun!!! You made this day very special :) Have a fabulous June!!!
Response: You're so welcome! I'm glad that arrived safely and I have a data point - it takes about three weeks for mail to travel from my home to yours.
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. I loved looking at all of the Kawaii stickers. Also, I enjoy how people will decorate and spicy up their swaps. It gives me inspiration on upping my own swaps. Keep on swapping!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like kawaii stickers.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for all the sticker flakes. I love seeing the Shiba-Inu flakes. It must have been fun opening new sacks.
Response: You're welcome. Yes, opening new sacks is fun. Fun for you too? I hadn't heard of DuckDuckGo until your letter. I've been using it lately for searches, like searching for a concrete and masonry company that can make structural repairs. We'll see!
Comment: SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much...and thanks for sending to Rani, like I did. ;-) You're a total sweetie.
Response: You're welcome. Remind me to not pack up early!
Comment: Thanks for the pretty card.
Response: You're welcome.
Comment: Thank you for the great swap of links to articles about your area, the great postcards, and great descriptive letter. Sometime I hope to see your state again and visit some places you mentioned.
Response: You're welcome! It's always nice to have such a fun writing prompt.
Ellen101 rated for Kawaii Sticker Flakes Swap USA #44 on May 21, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the stickers. I love, love love stickers! 😄
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: What beautifully delicate mushrooms. Thanks for the book recommendation-I'll check it out. :)
Response: You're welcome. I add the best books to my profile, if you don't want to wait for my next postcard!
susieq11 rated for Postcard Scavenger Hunt - May 2021 on May 17, 2021
Comment: Always so nice to receive Meredith mail! Super envelope and thanks so much for postcards of all the subjects! Wow! I hope your whole phone ordeal is settled! Why is it so difficult, right!? And thanks for the book rec! : ) So glad you joined!
Response: You're welcome. The phone ordeal was only an ordeal when I had to deal with AT&T. Next time I'll stick with old reliable Apple store.
turboneko rated for KSU: ~50 pieces total~ on May 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the goodies! Loved the way everything was packed <3
Response: You're welcome. Probably half the fun of swapping is packaging!
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for the sticker flakes and washi tape samples. I need to up my game on decorating envelopes so I'm stoked to be able to use these cute tapes! Of course, saving the sticker flakes for my collection.
Response: You're welcome! Recently I binged on washi tapes and want to share. Now rolls are shorter by meters.
Comment: Meredith, thank you so much for all of the kawaii goodies! Such a variety and so nicely packaged, thank you!!
Response: You're welcome. I don't often participate in these swaps because I want to make each one special.
simcoe54 rated for Mini Scavenger Hunt 4/2021 on May 15, 2021
Comment: Nice pcs. Thanks
Response: You're welcome.

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stephiedee on Jun 16, 2021:

Thank you for the kawaii sticker bombed PC for my June WW - lots of fun stickers!

CariahCreates on Jun 12, 2021:

Thank you for all of the great pocket letter supplies and Kawaii memos from my WW june wishlist. PCs make such interesting PL backings.

kiddomerriweather on Jun 12, 2021:

Thanks for the June WW birthday wishes! I love all the PC’s you sent. Wow! I can’t believe how hot it’s been there! I live in the South and we haven’t seen temps anywhere near that hot this year. I can’t believe you’re working out in the yard in that heat. You’re a better woman than I.

ChrisAnne on Jun 10, 2021:

You were so kind in the way you chose to bless me in Wonderful Wishes this month. I appreciate your kindness!

tcornell on Jun 9, 2021:

Thank you so much for all of the cute Kawaii letter sets that you sent me! The mailer WAS perfect... I really appreciate you thinking of me ♥♥♥ May WW

Mimosagirl on Jun 1, 2021:

Thank you so much for the washi samples! :) WW May

savannahjan on May 25, 2021:

Postcard Tag PIF - US

Thanks so much for the GOT postcard. I love it SO much!

CariahCreates on May 25, 2021:

Thank you for the great Star Wars PCs from my WW may wishlist. Love the female empowerment

raniheartspaper on May 24, 2021:

Meredith, thank you for sending me the swap you already made for me for the small amount, large-ish partners swap. I sent something in return to you today! Thanks again!

tcornell on May 22, 2021:

Meredith, thank you so much for the notecards/envies... Also, thank you for your sweet note ♥ I don't mind folded letter sets at all: I use them, rather than collect them. Hubby just finished his second round of chemo, we wont know anything till June 2nd (his next oncology appt.)- as far as how he is responding to treatment. I am hoping well. Thanks so much for thinking of me! ~Tracy

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