Swap-bot Time: August 5, 2021 9:59 am


Date Joined: April 19, 2015
Last Online: August 4, 2021

Country: United States
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I'm Rhonda! I live in Oakland, California with my partner. I teach elementary school. Born in the mid 60's, I've been a member of the 50+ club for a couple of years now. Being on Swap-bot here with you makes me happy! I'm ready for some innocent fun!

IF you'd like some notecard envelopes (JUST envelopes, no notecards), please message me and I'll send 12 or 15 your way. A friend shared an estate sale find with me, but now I have way too many! US swappers only, due to postage.

My interests are varied. I like cooking, hiking, reading, cities (London has a special place in my heart), trees, dogs, and llamas. I've always been interested in politics and remain optimistic that democracy has a chance of working for the benefit of all.

Living in Oakland, I take advantage of being just a bridge away from the museums in San Francisco. I visit art museums frequently and like having the time to take in beauty and strangeness. I tend to enjoy more contemporary works than classic, but that's not a hard and fast.

I like cute stuff...slightly gothic stuff (think Edward Gorey)... I'm into Adventure Time and Bob's Burgers and Regular Show (cartoon watcher for life!)... I'm a sucker for animals of all kinds. I've loved dogs my whole life.

Colors that speak to me are candy brights of ALL shades; all pinks, from baby soft pastels to loud fuchsias -- Wait. Who am I kidding? I can't list all the colors I like! More is better, that much I can say!

When I was growing up, I'd spend all my money on records and concert tickets. I'm a rocknroll girl. These days, I listen to powerpop from the 70s-90s, roots rock and Americana, and singer/songwriter stuff. I love seeing local acts, like Chuck Prophet, Bart Davenport, and Crying Time.

I was very lucky to have seen Prince twice - once in 2011, and then again, just 3 months before he passed. Prince's music added so much excitement to my life, being a teenager in the '80s. I still find it so sad that his life ended as it did, far too soon. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson.

I was a literature major and the books I like most have interesting language, as well as an engaging story. I am a word nerd, for sure! I love that a Richard Ford novel is guaranteed to have words new to me on nearly every page. Junot Diaz and Philip Roth are also favorite authors of mine; their sentence and story constructions make me swoon.

Being a word nerd makes it easy for me to love poetry: in a good poem, every word is essential and leads to a perfect moment of "aha." Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and Wendell Berry have all given me those moments for which I'm grateful.

Book last finished: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett ::: Currently reading:The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett + The Heads of Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires


Postcrossing is what lead me to Swap-bot. Hooray! I started collecting postcards during college and would spend a lot of time arranging them just-so, putting them up on my bedroom walls. It's fun returning to a hobby I began as a much younger me.

Junk journals, zines, and pocket letters are all part of the paper-based fun brought into my life by Swap-bot. These new creative outlets bring a little nervousness with them - ME? I'm sending swaps of this sort out into the world? - because I'm far from naturally crafty but ... there's real satisfaction from trying something new and building confidence from there.


dogs! - paintings - silly/weird/absurd stuff - animals - black&whitephotography

FUN STUFF to make my MAIL HAPPY= washi tape::tea bags::blank postcards:: stickers::surprises !!!

Send to someone else: jasmine or chai tea & touristy postcards. Thank you :)


Comment: I LOVE this booklet of little letters!!! Cant wait to include some in my mails!!!! Thank you so much! I love it! Cheers!
Comment: What a delight it was to open your swap! I love everything in it! Those hot air balloon stamps are magnificent! Cute notecard and ephemera and such a beautiful postcard. I hope u enjoy the summer to the fullest Rhonda! Everyday is summer here but no summer break unfortunately. πŸ˜…Thank you so much for an amazing swap. 😊
bluehairedmary rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 25, 2021
Comment: What a gorgeous quilt! I love embroidery too! I have an octopus that I am currently working on... Thanks and stay cool!
banjobraids rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 25, 2021
Comment: Oh, that trip to Mexico sounds dreamy. I hope to see the Blue House someday. Thanks for the wonderful Frida card :):) Lovely stamps, too! :):)
SilverD rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #97 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•Oh WOW! Thank you so much for this Johnny Cash & family pc. It is so cool!!! A million hearts to you!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Response: I'm so glad I was able to find it in my mess to send to you!
pintis rated for NYUP USA Only #72 on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! That book about George Washington is on my reading list! Thank you.
pernie123 rated for NYUP Sender's Choice #97 on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the Hawaiian card. I was there once. Card came perfectly without postal stamping. I worry about the weather out west. And, the flooding in Europe. Enjoy your summer. It is moving quickly.
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter Rhonda! It's the whole cookbook experience that does it for me... recipes and ingredients and style of writing. Have you heard of the White Trash Cookbooks? Oh my! I have a favorite Czeck book entertainingly translated to english. There are many refereneces to hillocks of salad and such! Hillocks! Anyway, I also freelance my cooking unless I'm trying something really new. I do like learning new tricks. Of course cooking slows down in the hot summer days, not that I'm complaining-- I'm a summer baby!
bearnbabs rated for SMSUSA: Travels, Tea & Me on Jul 2, 2021
Comment: I really enjoyed your letter. I know what you say about the fire season and the smoke. My son lives in Arizona and they just went thru the Walnut Fire which closed down I-10.And as a young married our family had a 6 man tent and we would go camping all summer long. Our kids grew up enjoying nature at its best. Love the PC another thing on my Bucket list. And I loved how you made your envie. So I'm sending you a bouquet of hearts. Have a wonderful Summer. bearnbabs And thank you 4 the Tea.
Comment: I love it, thank you!!! :)
makestuff rated for Share Your Week #1 on Jun 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcards and for sharing your week with me! Sounds like you are off to a great summer!
Comment: Hi there, I recd your lovely letter to day. I too like to hike and be out doors. And would love to write to you...so a letter will be on its way soon See you at the mail box. Barbara bearnbabs.
Response: I look forward to hearing from you, Barbara!
JBuchner rated for SMSUSA: Blind Envelope: Flowers! on Jun 9, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much!!!
weatherwax rated for LDEM - Thinking of You - April 21 on May 23, 2021
Comment: Awww, such a lovely letter <3 Thank you so very much Rhonda for introducing yourself! I am both, city/urban and outdoorsy :) I am really into camping and hiking, gardening and swimming in lakes. But I love the variety of culture, museums, cafΓ©s here in Vienna, too. But if I have to choose for one option and money would not matter, then it would be a tiny house with a lake-view :) But our tiny balcony is fine for now, too. :D
Comment: Thanks for the great letter. It’s awesome a peacock lives nearby. I think it moved to help the artist draw attention to the art in the yard! I appreciate the vintage stamps. You really made my day a happy day! Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for your postcard, Rhonda. And the compliment about my profile. I hope you were able to locate other less anxiety-inducing reads. Cheerios. Enjoy your weekend.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter and little sparkly stickers! πŸ’œβ€οΈ
Lantana149 rated for WIYM - Tiny blind Spring swap :) on Apr 19, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pretty stickers they are all new to me! I especially love the unusual PC!!! Thank you.
squince rated for NYUP: 3 B/W Postcards #2 on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the resend! I always wonder what happened to the previous ones!
LiliLuv rated for LDEM - Thinking of You - March 21 on Apr 3, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter and all the fun extras! I really like the playing card with bright spring flowers on the back! I especially loved reading your letter. I'm the same way, I need the due dates! I'm so glad I found Swap-bot, because otherwise I rarely got creative and it's so good for me. I hope all went well with your and your mother's vaccines and that everything goes smoothly with transitioning back to in-person teaching! So much respect to you for being a teacher and for everything you've had to deal with during the pandemic. Stay well! ❀️
Response: So kind of you- I appreciate your recognition of all the trials we teachers have faced. Take care!

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baseri on Nov 30, 2019:

Rhonda, Thank you for the pretty postcard! It made my day! Will pop a note in the mail to you this week. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Dale Baseri

orneryswife on Aug 2, 2019:

I received your postcard and happy mail today! How fun! Thank you.

orneryswife on Jul 30, 2019:

Thank you for the letter for the summer penpal swap. I will write back soon!

Itti on Jul 9, 2019:

Came here randomly and just wanted you to know that you have a really cool profile :)

VivaLaDiane on Feb 25, 2019:

I was reading profiles of participants in my swaps that I haven't had the pleasure of knowing yet and I must say that yours is refreshing. Thanks for the smile on a cold Monday here. I am thrilled to have you in my swap. β™₯

MNJoviGirl on Jan 6, 2019:

(Waves) Happy Belated New Year from Minnesota!


jannieb on Oct 29, 2018:

Thank you for joining my swap & for taking the time to send a sweet & thoughtful Halloween swap to Grayson. He really did smile from ear to ear. Take care & Happy Halloween!

Bhindblueeyes on Sep 10, 2018:

CS: Doggie Deco :) Thank you for joining!!

Bhindblueeyes on Aug 31, 2018:

Thank you for joining Canine Shrine! My Radin and I are pawsitively thrilled to have you! :)

Barks and woofs,
Radin & Amy

hamsterfarm on Jun 3, 2018:


Thanks for joining instax photo - bright colors <3

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