Date Joined: October 9, 2016
Last Online: February 3, 2024
Birthday: January 11
Country: United States
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Update Jan 2024
I'm just getting over having been pretty sick with a respiratory virus (yeah, that one). I've been coughing so much, it's exhausting and I have not been doing much other than resting and basic life. I'm going to start catching up on rating, etc this week. May everyone be well, this has been a virus-y winter for most people I know. Even dh got sick, and he never gets sick. He's still coughing too, so I don't feel so bad, lol.
Update Nov/Dec 2023
I'm back from my extended trip helping my mother move 1500 miles, lol. It was really a great trip. And a trippy trip, if you know what I mean. I get why people move to Florida, it sure was beautiful in November. So many birds!! But so much humidity, blech. I am glad to be back in the high desert, even if it is cold (and a bit snowy). It's a dry cold, hahaha.
Update June 2023
NOTICE: my new local post office keeps deciding that my outgoing mail is non-machinable, and sending it back for more postage. I am frustrated, I am packing envelopes like I always have without trouble, weighing and adding the extra ounce as needed. But now I've just had my third envelope returned. If something you are expecting from me is late, I apologize. It may have been waylaid by the PO. I feel sad that I will not be able to include as many goodies as I would like. I will try the post office in the next town, but I don't get out there all the time.
Hi Friends! I'm feeling like what I appreciate most of all these days is a handwritten note. We are all just people who have hopes and dreams and hard times, sometimes. I want to remember that, I want to spread that feeling of connection around. At the end of the day, we all have so much more in common than we realize.
Tell me something about yourself, your day, pets, kids, a joke you heard, your favorite internet rabbit hole, habits you are trying to make or break, anything you want to say.
Wanna play a game? I'm going to put up a couple of questions to answer if you are writing to me in a swap. Or not, your choice :-)
We recently relocated to ABQ area after 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. Woo-wee, it's so different here and I am LOVING it :-)
Our mail comes to a mailbox grouping at the end of our street, about a half mile away from our house. I don't pick up the mail everyday. When I mark something sent, I've dropped it in the outgoing box but it might not be picked up until the next day.
We don't have broadcast or cable TV, but woo-wee, have the streaming services exploded lately!
We have Amazon Prime for a month. We are finishing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and planning to watch Jury Duty. Anything else we should prioritize?
We have enjoyed:
Bonus Family (Netflix, in Swedish, but don't let that stop you. It's a hoot!)
Succession (HBO Max) - and now it's done. That last season was a rollercoaster, eh?
Seinfeld - because we watched it in prime-time in the 90s, lol. It's so funny to see it again now, see what is still funny and what is not. (Netflix)
We used to have Apple TV, but don't right now. I liked Ted Lasso and the Morning Show. I hear the final season of Ted Lasso was a bit disappointing, though.
In the 80s I used to love a show called The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (starring Blaire Brown) - anyone remember that show? It was never released on VHS/DVD as far as I know - something about the music rights. I'd be so curious to see it again, see if it holds up for me.
Okay, I just saw Barbie and it exceeded my expectations. What did you think? We are also planning to see Oppenheimer soon.
We watch a wide variety of movies. It's hard to call favorites. Anything from the subscription service Film Movement is usually always good. They are foreign films - we get them at the library. I really enjoy foreign films, because I never know what to expect. It's fun to see different cultures, and wonder at the cultural references that we are missing in the subtitles.
Daily Pages - see the Awesome Ladies Project for more info. It's free form scrapbook/collage/stamping/whatever makes you happy. A truly welcoming space, I encourage you to check it out. I'm branching out to include actual photographs on my pages, that's radical for me.
I also knit and cross-stitch, and have been doing a black work SAL with Peppermint Purple (group on Facebook) Since starting on Swap-bot, I've rekindled my love of Zentangle :-) I've enjoyed Soul Collage in the past, and have done mini Soul Collage cards.
I'm considering taking up scrappy quilting, though it's been a long time since I did machine sewing.
I'm just having so much fun being artsy again and trying new things and old things in new ways.
My favorite colors are yellows and purples. But really, I just enjoy color. The bigger and bolder the better, though I can also appreciate pastels and even black and white. The older I get, the more I appreciate all of the colors. Even browns and greys, which were never my favorite. If you had told me even 5 years ago that I would be considering brown shades for my living room, I would have scoffed at you. Moving to the desert southwest has given me a new appreciation for warmer colors.
'm learning Tarot - how fun! Also been attending workshops with the Oregon Friends of Jung and finding it fascinating. Analyzing my dreams has been an adventure and never boring.
I am not religious, so if you are sending holiday cards and have a non-religious option, I would appreciate that. However, I do appreciate the spirit of all things sent :-)
You don't need to send me anything just to include something. I have enough stuff, and really just want to get to know people. If you want, use your stuff to decorate what you are sending me, or grab a sticky note or journaling card and answer one of my seasonal questions :-)
If this happens to be a swap where you are required to include something (or just can't help yourself, lol), I especially appreciate:
things that are decorated with colored pens, washi, stickers, you name it.
notepad sheets to write notes to others in swaps
unused postage stamps
tea bags - I like everything except plain black and chamomile
any fun coffee thing
ATCs - I'm starting to make these, so I like to see what other people do.
Mail Tags (ask me a question and I will reply, or vice versa)
And what I appreciate most of all is a handwritten note. You can sub in a written note for a trade item anytime for me, I won't rate you down for it. Tell me something about yourself, your day, pets, kids, a joke you heard, your favorite internet rabbit hole, habits you are trying to make or break, anything you want to say.
Happy Mail, yay!
I've been doing postcard swaps lately. I like things that are colorful, or beautiful nature scenes. I also have a fondness for box set postcards, if you have those to send, bring them on :-) I'm thinking about starting a group to swap box and book set cards. If you are interested, let me know.
I've decided to start collecting state postcards. No specific photo or artwork, just anything with the name of the state on the front. Don't worry about repeating states, it's not likely you will send the exact same one that I already have (and I don't have a lot right now). They do not need to be mailed from the named state. They can even be blank. If you need help deciding which one to send, here are some lists:
States I have nothing for:
States I have many for (but you can still send)
States I have blanks for, but would love written:
In the same vein, I love National/State Park cards, any manufacturer.
I do also collect Lantern Press, especially: the rainbow states National parks Mosaic
However, all cards are appreciated, and I so enjoy seeing the variety of cards that exist.