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midwestkiwi

midwestkiwi
Date Joined: June 9, 2010
Last Online: May 27, 2024

Country: United States

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I am in search of 3-cent, USPS, strawberry stamps. Have you seen them? I'm obsessed. Unless I get my hands on a dozen or so for a specific project, I am not above investing in a roll of 3000 of them and covering every letter in what? 20 or so of them? for the next year or so? Three letters a week would probably do it. Hmm...

That three is really old. I earned it during a really difficult time, and I'll own it.

Swap specifics

I'm rebuilding my profile as it occurs to me.

I pledge to rate. Please do not send extras to get a heart, I prefer them not. The only extras that interest me are an "ope" or anything kiwi--except not a live one, either the bird or any celebrity!

If we are partnered for a stuff the envie type swap, anything goes, so long as it is not smelly or dirty. Useful would be collage or junk journal materials, postcards, recipe cards, or stickers.

Did you know that a group of kiwis is a tribe?

Postcards: I like mine naked and tattooed. My grands homeschool, so if there is an educational aspect (map, state facts, historical information, monument, motto, scenic byway...) they usually end up in some curriculum kits to them.

Kiwi Quirks

The garden is my most happy place. I tend to grow what I can't source fresh locally. It is satisfying to put away the bounty of the seasons.

I detest housework and glitter. I enjoy magpie journals and collaging. My houseplants are my accountability partners

I didn't realize that junk journals were an official, recognized genre until I came here. Pocket journals are my most favorite, but pocket pages? Meh, I will only pillage its contents and cast it aside. Isn't your pocket page worthy of better?

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

I collect (and hoard, although they are creeping into my collages) single comic panels with the subject either making only a face or a gesture, or uttering only a sound or expletive. An "ope" remains elusive but tops my list.

If you plop me down in a strange city, I'm going to make a beeline for the market.

No i-deer. What do you call a deer with no eyes or legs?

Remember hardware stores? The ones where you could hand the older gent* behind the counter one-half of a piece of something that you needed to fix and he'd make his way around the counter and down the aisles and show you what you needed and ask a couple of questions to ensure that was all you really needed to make the repair? Or you could drop off your perfectly good stand mixer that just needed a grease replacement and pick it up good as new the next week?

Still no i-deer.

*I was a child the first time I needed a nut or bolt or oddment, so for all I know the "old gent" was 30. As a young housewife, the "old gent" was most certainly ancient and kindly, and cemented in my mind the picture of the hardware store proprietor, before hardware store proprietors went away.

Ampersands: I think I rescued my first one from one of those cheesy Mr. & Mrs. wedding reception decoration sculpture sets that were all the rage a few years ago. It was funny to me to display it all by its lonesome, apropos of nothing. Then it deputized a posse.

I lean towards the irreverent and enjoy a well-crafted naughty joke. I don't mind an F-bomb; I can string together expletives with the best of them--I learned to curse in the military and I can't think of a better way to celebrate a stubbed toe. I am only offended by a deliberately hurtful jibe.

There was a woman (I'm pretty sure it was a woman) of some celebrity who, when asked during an interview about moving on from relationships or something like that, answered that she simply determined that she wasn't meant to continue her journey with that person any longer. She bore them no ill will, she just wasn't going to travel onward with them. I try to practice that, but sometimes, I do hold a grudge. See deliberately hurtful jibe, above.

So you like an A-B-C list?

If not, you can skip it and still learn a lot about me elsewhere. I find them efficient and tiresome by turns, so tally me uncommitted. (I skipped the ones that I couldn't think of a word or phrase for ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )

Likes:
A - Ampersands. See Kiwi Quirks, above.
B - Books. There's not much I find not to like about books.
C - Chickadees. I like most birds, but chickadees will eat from my hand.
F - Food. Regional food, street food, seasonal food, carnival food.
G - I celebrate groundhog day, but groundhogs need to live their own lives away from me
H - Hardware stores. See Kiwi Quirks, above.
T - I like TV. I realize most content is banal, which is comforting. I liked soap operas. Now, I like cooking competitions (Top Chef Wisconsin anyone?!)
Z - Zentagles, Zetti

Dislikes:
C - "Conflate," used aloud; it is a written word, like, "Exclaim."
G - Glitter. I'm not going to rate you down for a glittered note card, but it really is wasted on me. The dust bunnies try to eat it, and it's not good for them.

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Comment: Peonies are so beautiful, enjoy your bouquets!
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Comment: Card received! I'll pass it on in the next round. 🙂
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Comment: Thanks for the postcards to pass along and for the wonderful Easter card!!
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Comment: will pass along pc:)
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your family trip with me and all the journals and books you created while on your journey. I have pm you . Happy writing, Karen.
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Comment: Thanks! You have been an amazing host for this series!
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Comment: Thanks! You have been a fantastic host for this eries of letetr writing swaps!
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Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter! Thank you for hosting, even though I didn't do them all but some of them. I like the idea, your Grandma had by writing every Monday. I should pick a day and do that as well! It seems it would work better and they would get response in a timely matter! Happy Writing and Swapping!
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Comment: I hadn’t even heard of this day until this prompt haha. I enjoyed your letter, including your departure from the prompt for a little bit. Definitely cracked me up! You have a great knack for storytelling.
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Comment: like what you did, Sorry about the late rating
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Comment: Thank you for the postcard and your friendly note.
Jafferty rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #160 on May 3, 2024
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Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
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Comment: Thanks for the letter! I, too, mostly wrote to or got letters from the same little group of gals!
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Comment: Thanks for sharing your stories!
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Comment: Thank you, Carrie, for your letter and for hosting this wonderful series! I enjoyed it.
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Comment: Thank you for your answers, postcards, envelope, and beautiful butterfly stickers. I've tried herbalism. It was interesting. I also killed my basil. haha! Plants need to be warned I will kill them before they move into my home. I also agree with you on the Cadbury Crème eggs. Blech! Now the caramel ones...YUM! haha! I was wondering why you sent me your answers twice. Thanks for sending your index card version too.
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Comment: Baby seals!! So adorable. I love that you’d believed you would be able to raise the baby seal, haha. I really enjoy hearing from you so I don’t mind that you have been assigned to me some days in a row haha!

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Comments

Rabbitfreedom on Apr 5, 2024:

Let's try that again! I can't thank you enough for the Amazing HP stamps that you sent me! I had these way back when, but then I used them! I am going to frame these! Also loved the rabbit stickers too! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Rabbitfreedom on Apr 5, 2024:
hazelwitch3 on Apr 4, 2024:

Thank you so much for the RAK envelope that arrived this morning! I'm putting one together for you .... watch your mailbox!

MissPaula on Apr 2, 2024:

Thanks so much for the fun RAK! I love the Dear Mom, and the cute bird stuff! Love it!

groundhogstamper on Mar 31, 2024:

What a sweet thank you note you sent to me. Not expected but so appreciated. I'm glad you like those cute little otters!

marinda on Mar 30, 2024:

Thank you so much for the generous RAK of goodies in my mailbox from your box of stuff! I loved everything you sent me. It really made my day! I hope you have a wonderful day too! 💗 ((hugs))

hazelwitch3 on Mar 30, 2024:

I fully agree -- that postcard deserved to be sent naked! Thanks so much -- it made me smile when it arrived this morning. And it beat the envelope which hasn't arrived yet.

wolfeagle on Mar 29, 2024:

TY

For the envelope and postcard!

fishsteak on Mar 28, 2024:

Thank you for the RAK envelope!

chimerix on Mar 26, 2024:

Thank you for the fun envelope of dragons, balloons and AIW. I especially like the tiny pocket dragon - LOL. Thank you for sharing your stash with me. Aloha!

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