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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: June 25, 2022
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of May 6, 2022

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :) While it's neat to see the vintage stamps, I'm not a collector. All stamps from my mail go to Stamps for the Wounded & I'm sure they would love to see your vintage stamps, but it's ok to use the general flag stamps too. :)

If you are sending me a recipe, I prefer full-size sheets for the recipes. Then I can add them to my recipe binder. :) I don't use recipe cards or the like, and prefer typed to hand-written.

Feel free to combine swaps to me! If we are paired up for a few swaps, it's perfectly OK with me if you group them up. If send by dates are a little off, just let me know. Handmade is always OK with me.

ABC's of my likes, interests & preferences

A - astronomy, Animaniacs, Addams Family (TV show esp and original cartoons), Agatha Christie, audiobooks, American history, (US) Air Force

B - Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Bootcamp, blue things, bullet journals,

C - COFFEE, cats, Charles Addams, cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, A Christmas Carol by Dickens (& all the movies - all of them), Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), comedy/comedians, cooking (most of the time!), Clue (movie & board game), The Craft (movie), calendars

D - Disney (esp Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Brother Bear, and the Villain's - esp Malcifient & Evil Queen/crone from Snow White, Hades.), David Tennant (actor), documentaries, Dark Shadows (esp the OLD 1960's soap opera), Dracula (the book)

E - Edward Gorey/Charles Addams/The Addams Family, ancient Egypt/pyramids

F - fall/autumn, Fairy Tales & Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's), Family history, Friendship Books, fountain pens, Faithfully Religionless,

G - Garfield!!, Ghosts/stories, giraffes, Golden Age Detectives (Agatha Christie), Golden Girls, Goddesses/Gods, Greek mythology, Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas),

H - History (local, family, US/pioneer), handmade (willing to accept handmade cards even if the swap doesn't call for it), hamsters, haunted houses/abandoned buildings, holiday customs & traditions from other countries, History Goes Bump (podcast), The Haunting (book, movie and TV series), hamsters!!, History Goes Bump (podcast),

I - Iceland, Imagine Dragons (music group), Inspector Lynley (TV series), InCoWriMo

J - journals (buying, at least, if not actually using)

K - Keys! (decorative like skeleton keys or on washi, stickers, etc), Krampus, Knives Out (movie)

L - llamas, libraries, Lore (podcast, show, books), letters & challenges, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Golden Books, Laurel Burch (artist), Luna/lunar anything (moon)

M - moon & stars, moon phases, Muppets/Sesame Street, Movies, Monstrum/Storied on PBS, The Monkees (since I was 3!!), mythology, Midsommer Murders (TV series), Murder She Wrote (TV series), The Mummy (1999), mysteries, Mildred D Taylor, Mental health awareness

N - Nightmare Before Christmas, Nathaniel Parker (actor & voice actor), National Geographic, Northern Exposure (TV series), NaNoWriMo (maybe one year I'll accomplish it!), (US) Navy

O - ouija boards

P - Paranormal, Paganism, podcasts, Pepsi, pen pals, pens, purple ink pens, personal notes, Percy Jackson series, Poirot (TV series & book character series), printables (stationery, journal pages, etc.), playing cards**, Pink Panther, Peanuts/Snoopy

Q - quick mail?, quiche

R - rainbows, Rocky & Bullwinkle (original only), Robert Downey Jr (actor), recipes, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer (TV movie series), Rick Riordan (author, and Presents line), rubber stamps, reading, Ravens (the bird, not the sports team)

S - stars, sloths, Scooby Doo (esp from 1960's- 70's), Sesame Street, Simon's cat, Spiritualism, Salem Witch Trials, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, stickers, stationery, silver anything, Sherlock, Sleepy Hollow (book, TV show & movies), Shedunit Show (podcast), (postage) stamps - new, Snoopy/Peanuts, anything spooky

T - Tarot cards (happy to receive stray tarot cards), trees/woods, Tiny Toons, Tim Holtz & similar, Tim Burton, Travel Channel (esp Josh Gates shows), 10 Things I Hate About You (movie), tarot readings (feel free to do one for me!), Timber Hawkeye,

U - Unicorns, used books

V - Vintage Social Media (snail mail!!)

W - Wicca customs and practices, Write On Challenge, washi tape

X - x-ray images, x-slips (exchange slips)

Y - Yule, Yule Cat, Yule Lads

Z - Ziggy

**playing cards - I'm no longer actively collecting for a 'frankendeck' - I've built a few now already - but I will accept any with a design you think I might like from my likes above. And, apparently my card is the Six of Diamonds so I will accept any nifty cards for that. :)

Dislikes

Anything with my name spelled wrong - It's CINDI, not Cindy. (This includes the envelope, please.) No matter what you send, I will not give a heart if you spell my name wrong.

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

No need for planner items & stickers and would prefer not to receive extra stickers or washi

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

About Me

I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm 46 years old , married 27 years this year, a mom to 3 (18 & older now! - and they are finally all graduated from high school, though, 2 are still currently live at home.) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force). And now, I'm a VERY proud momma of a US Navy Sailor!

I'm an Aquarius, don't really follow horoscopes, but I am a star gazer. I love most things sun/moon/star related.

I love to hear from people in other countries or with other customs or beliefs than mine, other lifestyles. I'm LGBTQ+ friendly, and am one of the 'you're safe with me' people who still wears a safety pin.

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. (Click to link to see what I mean. This is a book title, one of my very favorites) :) I have read about and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are. I'm co-founder of the Pagan Community Centre - if you are Pagan minded, check it out! :)

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days. I'm not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

We have 3 pets, all rescues that have traveled the country with us. 2 cats and a dog.

I've participated in the Write On Challenge since 2016, and have done the InCoWriMo challenge since 2019! Check out my group For the Love of Letters if you like letter writing and challenges.

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while, when I have to. I use Instagram a tiny bit, but not very active. I'm fully anti-social media. I prefer "Vintage Social Media" (snail mail!)

Favorite Books

Favorite Book themes: haunted houses, ghosts, mysteries. memoirs, Audiobooks, mythology and folklore. Spiritualism/fortune telling. Early American history

Authors: Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Timber Hawkeye, JL Bryan, Simone St James, Agatha Christie, Rick Riordan (& Rick Riordan Presents authors), Willa Cather, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grimm Brother's fairy tales, mythology & folklore. Jennifer Weiner and Emily Henry.

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Faithfully Religionless by Timber Hawkeye Duma Key by Stephen King; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner; People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry; The Golden Compass (& series) by Phillip Pullman. The book that still 'haunts' me is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.

I'm a member of Good Reads, and am founder of a SB group related to books & writing, Reading & Writing. I also have a group, For the Love of Letters for letter writing and letter challenges. I also love ghost stories and haunted house tales and am founder of a group, Ghosts! - check it out if you enjoy hauntings & cryptids.

With all of my groups, I ask that you follow the rules posted on the home page - if you request to join, be sure to follow those rules or you won't get approved!

Ratings, hearts & late

I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well. All swaps are welcome for me. (for multi-partner email swaps, I usually wait to rate until I've received from all partners.) I'm not a postmark reader, especially with current mail issues, BUT - If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps I'm not Christian and do not celebrate that aspect of a holiday, so I prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones.
I do like the retro/vintage re-prints of Victorian era holiday cards. They are so creepy, they're great! If they're not printed right, somehow it's even better! If you want to make a holiday card 'spooky' - go for it! Not really a fan of Santa, heart shapes (though anatomical hearts are fine!), crosses, etc ...

If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.

Ratings

Cryptid rated for R&W: What I read in May Snail Mail on Jun 22, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for your list. I read Molly Harper's Changeling too and really liked it. Sorry you had to do some less fun reading this month, hope you found the answers you were looking for.
pynart2 rated for FLL: Getting to know you on Jun 21, 2022
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Comment: I so enjoyed this swap thank you. Your letter was lovely . as were the Book stickers.Looking forward to the podcast, also. Sending you a Bouquet of hearts.
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Comment: Thank you for the swap! I enjoy reading YA and I do have to remind myself that these are adolescents making the best choices they can in a situation. It's not necessarily what an adult would do. I also read a juvenile fiction chapter book recently and I had to keep myself in check when I'd get frustrated by the way the children were taking on too much on their own. But I still rated the book 4 stars because I would have loved it when I was part of the proper demographic.
Fuchsi rated for G: Share a review on Jun 19, 2022
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Comment: Hello Cindi, it's cool how often we are paired lately and thanks for hosting this swap! ^-^ I like the recommodations you wrote me and will definitivly check them out! Have a wonderful week! Yours, Maxi
Fuchsi rated for G: Demons on Jun 16, 2022
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Comment: Hello Cindi, Jinn are really a concept that confuses me, too, so thanks for this wonderful swap, as I loved to read your explanations and ideas about these guys! I also know them es the Genie from Disneys Aladin, but never really ot, what they are beside the Disney version... a good marvelmovie about Jinn might be the best solution for this! XD I wish you a great day! Yours, Maxi
MisplacedfromPA rated for FLL: National Pen Pal Day on Jun 13, 2022
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Comment: We grew up in the same era. Was nice to read and it got me recalling my teenage life in the 80's and how i wrote to people since calling on the phone was fairly expensive. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Have a great day.
Fuchsi rated for FLL: Write On #3 on Jun 12, 2022
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Comment: Hello Cindi, and thanks for your wonderful letter! ^-^ I think I like Jane Austen, because her works were not part of the books I had to read for school. In Germany we had other authors, like "Effi Briest" by Theodor Fontane and I know how much I hated it... ^^° Have a great week! Yours, Maxi
savannahjan rated for R&W: May reading challenge on Jun 10, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. I'm glad you enjoyed yours. :)
mermaidery rated for R&W: What I read in May EMail on Jun 2, 2022
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Comment: I just checked out Library of the Unwritten. It looks like a book I'd like. Thanks for sharing your list!
colleenbUSA rated for R&W: What I read in May EMail on Jun 1, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Fuchsi rated for R&W: Mental Health reading on May 31, 2022
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Comment: Dear Cindi, first of all: Thanks for hosting this important swap! I also think it's not talked about enought, as people here in Germany, for example, are still using terms from diagnoses as a joke are even to curse someone. I feel like it's getting a little better... but in the last years my friend group mostly consists of other psychotherapists, so I can't compare proberly. ^^° And thanks for the book recommodations! I knew "Sybil", but not the two other ones and I will for sure check both out! I realized it wont be my typical "good night book", but that's completly okay and i want to know the stories! I wish you a wonderful week and a nice june! :-) Yours, Maxi
metrognome rated for FLL: Leftovers! on May 30, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the letter and awesome stickers!! I'm another new fan of grocery delivery. I still go to Trader Joe's every month or two, but otherwise I'm done with the crowds, noise, and distractions.
cloudjun rated for FLL: Teaching letter writing on May 28, 2022
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Comment: omg I truly, truly really have enjoyed reading your experience and the memories you shared about your family and how important and moving writing letters is to you. I actually LOL out loud during when I read about you wanting to learn 'the code' from you mom, ahahah I used to think cursive was so fancy and only for adults. I love that you chose Cinnamoroll as the letter set to write to me in! It has made my day better seeing it in my mailbox c: I also love the glittery pen you wrote in! What brand is it cause might need some now xD Thank you for hosting this amazing swap, and maybe we'll catch each other in another one!
Maddashin rated for FLL: Don't decorate it! on May 26, 2022
5
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Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 💕
Ettoad rated for G: Spirits on May 26, 2022
5
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Comment: 🤦‍♀️ My heartfelt, sincerest apologies for my incredibly late rating for this swap! Looking thru my “sent” list for another swap I noticed I hadn’t rated for this one, and looked and realized I filed your mail in my personal mail pile where it’s been waiting for me 😭 While I am familiar with La Llorona (I watched/rewatch Supernatural!), and wrote of some ladies in white located here in BC for my end of the swap, I wasn’t aware of their connection to water spirits So I’m glad that fates aligned for you to write on the subject!!
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Comment: Loved your letter, Stationary and Sunflowers. Your list of Books was amazing and am looking forward to reading them. Thank you so much.. WOW!
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Comment: Thank you so much Cindi!!!!
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: New releases 2022 on May 23, 2022
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Comment: Cindi, I did not realise I hadn't rated you for this!!! I am so sorry! Thank you for the swap!!
suepier rated for Let's continue InCoWriMo! on May 22, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful spring postcard. I love it.
Tig rated for tPCC: May letter on May 21, 2022
5
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Comment: Oh, my, gosh! I literally love everything about your letter! I'm always good for a cup of sugar neighbor;}

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 2202 727 765
Completed Fives Threes Ones
1572 2586 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
243 1034 295 0
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Comments

CraftyShana76 on Mar 24, 2022:

TYSVM for the PC! It wasn’t necessary but I truly appreciate it. And I did love it !!!

sassafrass on Dec 24, 2021:

susieq11 on Dec 22, 2021:

Thank you for the WW RAK!!!! W O W! I absolutely love everything - and there is a LOT to love!!! Seriously thankful for all you sent and for your generosity. I will be using everything : ) Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!!!! xoxo

simcoe54 on Dec 19, 2021:

Anyone need playing cards? RAK -- Thanks so much for the playing cards. I will be adding all of them to my collection.

Poohtat on Dec 14, 2021:

Thank you for the RAK of playing cards. Happy Holidays

Highlander18 on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful package from WW Papercraft goodies!!

Poohtat on Dec 13, 2021:

Thank you for the wonderful Papercraft RAK from WW. Love the pens and there is so many treasures in here. Awesome RAK. Happy Holidays

groundhogstamper on Dec 6, 2021:

Thank you for the big stickers RAK that you sent to me. I really appreciate your kindness.

heidiblooms on Nov 27, 2021:

Thank you for all the ADORABLE Christmas stickers!!!

lovetherain on Nov 26, 2021:

Thank you Cindi for all the cute Christmas stickers. Love the puffy santas and snowmen esp. I hope you and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving!

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