Swap-bot Time: October 25, 2021 11:27 pm


Original Member
Last Online: October 25, 2021
Birthday: August 10
Country: United States

About Me

Hi, I am a definite snail mail addict. I love both sending and receiving mail. I have never not sent a swap and appreciate when someone tells me if a swap doesn't arrive. I have resent swaps with no problems, just am not psychic that something didn't arrive. I also rate all swaps the day they arrive.

I'm a Southern California native, married, mother of two and grandmother of three. I am retired! I retired twelve years ago and love every minute of my life. Still wondering when I had the time to work as I have so much I enjoy doing and not enough time to complete everything. I especially love writing pen pals and would love to hear from you. Just send me a note for my address. I love cooking, baking, reading, making cards and about anything else I am doing. I enjoy anything to do with Christmas. I always enjoy making at least one gift for each member of my family. This year there are lots of crocheted pot holders, some counted cross stitch magnets and a few counted cross stitch bookmarks. I have 21 family members and give each one 25 small gifts as Advent gifts. They are all wrapped in aluminum foil. I shop year round and often put items I receive in swaps in the boxes. I also love sending naked mail and my grandchildren have learned not to be surprised at what arrives in the mail. I live close enough to the original Disneyland to see the nightly fireworks

Favorite Movies

Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express

Favorite Crafts

OK, I lack a lot in the talent department but not in the enjoy trying department so I keep having fun trying. I enjoy making envelopes, counted cross stitch, huck weaving, crocheting and want to get back to making note cards. I am just starting ATCs. Actually, haven't made one yet but have the supplies.

What I like to receive


something unique from your country or part of the U.S.

recipes or cookbooks put out by churches or clubs - used is fine

anything to do with cookies = recipes, cookie cutters, etc.

washi tape, this is something new and fun for me.

anything to do with Christmas (OK, I don't consider snowmen to have anything to do with Christmas)

Gingerbread men and anything with Gingerbread men on it

I am a desert rat and wish I could move back to the desert. I love tortoises, cactus, lizards, snakes and anything else that reminds me of the desert.

anything with the Pillsbury Dough Boy on it

favorite colors are any jewel tone.

small counted cross stitch projects, especially Christmas or bookmarks, or 14 count fabric in any color

Something that interests you and will expand my world and knowledge

something small I can give as Christmas gifts


things I don't like

Anything to do with prejudice or hate.

anything to do with nudity

long dislike lists


memo pads


Kawaii or other cute things. I'm not a cute person.

then again, I love surprises so most everything is OK

Post card preferences

I have joined a lot of post card swaps recently and just realized I never added any post card preferences. Part of the reason is I like most any post card. Preferences though include large letter cards, scenery, pictures of the area where you live or where you like to visit, wild animals, birds and reptiles, or wild flowers. I am not a great fan of art type cards but once in awhile they are good. I have had some great homemade cards however I also have had a few cards that were just stickers slapped on a piece of cardboard. If the latter is what you plan to send, don't waste your postage. I do prefer real stamps on the cards. I also love notes on the cards, something about you and where you live or what is shown on the card. An interesting note and a real stamp usually gets a heart. I prefer my cards to be naked but up to you.


I enjoy giving hearts and and am fairly liberal when i give them. That said, there are a couple of things that won't get you a heart.

First, if you don't spell my name oorrectly I most likely won't give you a heart. Come on, at least pay that much attention to the swap.

Second, if you don't put the swap name on the swap most likely I will be too tired to give you a heart by the time I search for the swap to rate it.

Adding junk. OK, it is fun to find an extra from my wish list in a package but so often I get things I don't want and I just have to throw them out. Please just give me what the swap requires. I have enough of my own junk I don't need yours.

I also love real stamps so they help me want to give hearts.

Favorite Books

I llove to read and read most anything except sci-fi and poetry. Memoirs, historical fiction and memories are my favorite. Just now I'm reading. lot of WW11 books. I also love mysteries and love both Jonathon and Faye Kellerman.


Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #268 on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: I should be cleaning like you did last week - but I am reading instead. Thanks for your note and postcard.
Comment: Love, love, love the card! Thank you so much.
Dillon97 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #265 on Oct 19, 2021
susieq11 rated for PTG Vintage PC with a Quote #2 on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Very nice postcard and wonderful quote! Thanks so much! Hope you are doing well! : )
Comment: Hello Julia, thanks for the book recommendation, I have read a little bit about the Great Depression and it must be very difficult at that time. It would be great if I had a chance to read that book too..
Comment: Hi Julia! I agree with your list. Just give me the chocolate! Thanks for the nice card! Cathy
Writercat rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #266 on Oct 14, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the lovely butterfly card. I enjoyed reading about all the different things you did on the weekend. I took my Christmas card stuff out for some swap bots. It's hot here in Ontario this week so seems strange to write Christmas cards. You were good cleaning out your shed and pizza and flourless chocolate cake sound yummy. You're kind to write to your chemo buddy. I bet she appreciates it.Take care. Cathy
Comment: Thanks for the postcards, Julia. They arrived a little bent from the long trip but they're all so nice anyway. Happy fall!
Comment: Hi Julia! Thanks for your letter! I'll write back soon. Have a great day! :)
Risna rated for Screen Time PC Int'l #3 on Oct 6, 2021
Comment: What an amazing card! I love it! Thank you so much for picking this "piece of paper" to send your note on. I've never watched Dr. Phil. Wonder if it's even available in Germany. I'll look into it. ;-)
TexyDeb rated for LSRUS Postcard With a Prompt #11 on Oct 3, 2021
Comment: I didn't find the postcard, working 7 days a week since July and having a 2 year at home is keeping me too busy, be well
Response: Sorry, thought I included that my dream job was when I was a membership development director for Girl Scouts of Orange County. Actually, just now am really enjoying my "job" as retired. The way to go at this time of my life.
Comment: Thank you, fellow Julia. :) Your letter made me very curious about the Beekeeper of Aleppo. I think I will look into that book. :)
Response: Thank you for the heart, hope you enjoy the Beekeeper of Aleppo.
Vickyen rated for OFAP: Share Your Week #3 - USA only on Oct 1, 2021
Comment: Hi Julia! How wonderful to have you as a partner! How's the new to you phone working out? Sounds like you had a great week with all your visiting - we all need more of that I think! Thank you for the vintage pc as well - love them! I hope to get a letter written soon - life has been and gotten a bit crazy, so please bear with me! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
ucouldbemymuse rated for Looking Forward PC #7 on Sep 30, 2021
Comment: Thanks for your postcard! It's very lovely :)
Comment: Hi there Julia!๐Ÿ˜ƒ I hope all is good for you. Thank you very much. for the Yosemite National Park PC and your favorite scents list. I see we have 2 of the scents in common, Oranges and Pine trees. But esp. Pine. I always buy cans of Pine scented spray for the house. Love it!
Comment: Thank you for the PCs, neighbor! I especially like the national park ones.
pernie123 rated for LSRUS Postcard With a Prompt #9 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the greetings card and your statements about Christmas.
riftvegan rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #264 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Wow, your all-year advent project sounds amazing! It must feel great to have that all organized and ready to go!! A very productive weekend, thanks so much for sharing it with me. โ™ฅ!
Akanksha23 rated for WIYM: LINEN POSTCARD SWAP #2 on Sep 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful linen cards + the extras!

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bbsporty on Sep 26, 2021:

Thank you so much for the 5 forever stamps from the RAKs only USA September RAK!

Zefaniya on Sep 24, 2021:

Thank you for the 5 postcard stamps for RO!

HeidiJean on Sep 9, 2021:

Thank you for the extra ounce stamps from the Aug RAK!

Mrrranda on Aug 31, 2021:

Thank you for the Forever stamps through the wishlist group! Love the ravens!

JuneRosebud on Aug 20, 2021:

Julia, Thank you for the five postage stamps in August RAK #1 on RAKS ONLY USA!! Postage stamps always come in handy=)

LindaW on Aug 10, 2021:

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day. ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚

grammypammy on Aug 10, 2021:

From: RAKS

Enjoy your day! Hugs, Pam

JuneRosebud on Jul 27, 2021:

Thanks bunches for the five forever stamps in the RAKS ONLY USA group. I don't know how much postage is going up in August but I appreciated getting the animal stamps=)

OrigamiGrace on Jul 20, 2021:


Hope you are having a great day!
Just popping in to say hi!!

ladyaries7 on Jul 13, 2021:

Thanks so much for the inspiration sheet and pink lemonade packets :) July wishes--wishlist group

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