Swap-bot Time: December 3, 2023 3:10 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: December 3, 2023

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including a wide variety of bugs! Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008. It's mostly defunct, but it got me started! Now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Drawing I started a daily drawing project at the end of 2019, and I'm still at it now in 2021! For the most part, I sketch birds or animals in pencil on ATC sized paper. I'm not sure I'm getting any better, but I'm proud of my collection!

∞ Rarely: Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

∞ 2021 It's taken a while to figure out who this year's critter is, but the Raccoons have definitely made an appearance in my l life!! 🦝🦝 It has been years since I've seen raccoons down at the little creek. But now we have a family of 4 kids (or 5?) who hang out near their den about 1/2 mile away. and there's a pair with one partner missing a tail (??!) And then there's just random sightings, not sure who they are, except they make me happy! :)

∞ 2020 Last year was my Year of the Lady Bug... and this year, seems to be the Year of the Roly-Poly! (also called Pill Bugs!) When they sense danger, they roll up into a sphere... if only humans could do that. Instead we are stuck with masks and social distancing!

∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards and Notecards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards and cards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Raccoons, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books, both dead-tree books and Kindle books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. The words I live by: I can't die until I've read all my books! ;)

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men This is such an important and informative book, I think Everyone should read it! And fortunately there's an easy solution to all the problems listed... more women in leadership positions, and more men Listening to women!
  • 2021 addition... Murderbot!!!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


baseri rated for Bird Postcard Swap - INTL on Dec 2, 2023
Comment: Hi thank you for the great postcard with the Cedar Waxwing birds on it. Great fall colors on it also! Happy Holidays!
QuinGem rated for Email Accountability Swap #22 on Dec 1, 2023
Comment: Good job. Every little bit is progress!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful card 🌸
murrtljean rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #370 on Nov 22, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for that pretty note card you sent! I loved hearing all about the birds- my grandmother was a life-long bird watcher. Thanks too for the photos you shared with me, it was a nice accompaniment!
Comment: pretty, thank you!
Comment: Thanks for you note and for the additional letter. I would love the bird book, but I have such a "to read" pile I'm trying not add to it.
Comment: Thank you. Keep reading!
junemoon rated for First last Booklines inter 31 on Nov 21, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your note about The Obelisk Gate: Broken Earth Tr--sounds like a lot to read -- not the kind of novels I read but it sounds interesting. The first/last line swap is really a teaser. So many books/ so little time!!!!
kristyrogers rated for Email Accountability Swap #21 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Every bit done is good! Good luck next round!
spacefoxsupreme rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #368 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your card and the photos! I hope it got warmer again! I have never seen a soy plant from up close I think, I've only seen them as whole fields and then the finished product haha
CMBOND rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #369 on Nov 14, 2023
Comment: I love the card and pictures! Thank you so very much for sharing your weekend 😊
Comment: I will definitely have to check this book out! Thanks for the card
spacefoxsupreme rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #366 on Oct 30, 2023
Comment: Nice to hear from you again, and I'm jealous that you got to see the eclipse! There isn't another decent one in my lifetime here where I live, that's a bit sad but I live vicariously through the pictures of others
tcornell rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #367 on Oct 28, 2023
Comment: LOL spose you were meant to write me, anyway you went about it! Thank you for sharing your weekend, and the awesome pics too! I really appreciate it :)
hellojett rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #364 on Oct 22, 2023
Comment: Sorry for the late rating, your card arrived last week and I thought I had done it already. It's always nice to hear from you, so see what you've been upto out in nature. Nice that you can make your own bread that's always a pleasure to eat warm homemade bread :) I wish we had more space, almost every space in the windows are full and now our balcony boxes are going into winter mode. The leaves on the trees have only just started changing here, it feels a bit late, but the weather has also only just changed to be cooler. I need to get out more, and plan to do a walking tour next weekend.
Vickyen rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #365 on Oct 18, 2023
Comment: Hi Rift! Always a pleasure to have you as my partner, as I love your photos and hearing about what is going on your way! Our most recent trip was to the beach in Gulf Shores, AL, so no Grand until next month over Thanksgiving! But she is talking now, so I am very excited to see how she has changed since July! I do remember my folks talking about snipe hunting and thinking it wasn't a real thing & now we know it was! LOL! I love how much you enjoy nature and when you share that with me, I feel like I am along in spirit! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: I am so happy for you doing chores everyday! Good job!
colleenbUSA rated for Email Accountability Swap #18 on Oct 6, 2023
Comment: Great job! Sorry for the delayed rating! I haven't been feeling well.
Comment: Rift, thank you so much. Love this card. I am familiar with the green metallic bee , unfortunately we don’t see them very often tho. God bless you !
mchesser12 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #361 on Oct 4, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the note and pictures. I hope your planting yields some yummy goods. And I hope the hummingbird sticks around. t

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Fullsteampowell on Aug 16, 2023:

Thankee for the bonus Postcard Roulette card! It was a nice surprise.

ensigncelery on Aug 11, 2023:

This squirrel postcard you sent is SO cute! I don't think I've ever gotten close enough to a squirrel to appreciate how pretty their coloration can be. The Eastern Fox Squirrel you chose is really beautiful. What a lovely red tummy! πŸ’œ Thank you for choosing me as a surprise partner for the postcard roulette!

veronicallama on Aug 3, 2023:

Thanks so much, rift, for the beautiful photo postcard (wooden bridge amidst leafiness). So kind of you!

Aleesha on Aug 3, 2023:

Thank you for the surprise bonus pc from the July PC Roulette swap! Is that your own dragonfly photo? It’s an awesome photo.

Leekoba on Jul 30, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely postcard for the PC Roulette July 2023! The kitty is so pretty!

explore on May 5, 2023:

Rift, thank you for the surprise postcard! I still send RAKs on swap-bot, just no more swaps or ratings. I have joined many handmade card swaps on FB which is a lot of fun. I am making stickers too for the new groups πŸ˜‰

explore on Apr 15, 2023:

Rift, thank you for taking the time to send me a thank you postcard - first one I have received so far πŸ˜‰. Have a wonderful April!

nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

MarHelene on Jan 7, 2022:

Thank you fro being my angel for the TGIF Nc #265. I LOVE the pictures, especially the hawk!

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