Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2023 12:30 pm


Date Joined: May 6, 2019
Last Online: December 7, 2023
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi fellow swappers!

I like to think each swap I send out is special & somewhat customized for the recipient, whether it’s the postcard I select, colors I use, the postage stamp I use, a sticker or a response to something on your profile. Chances are high I’ll read your profile, even for a Chunk o’ Cardboard. I like getting to know my recipients.

I also take pics of most of my outgoing swaps, front & back, so if you’re missing a swap, I may have a photographic record of it, and the date I put it in the mail. (I take the pic right before mailing. I also take most swaps to the PO and go inside to mail them. (They removed the Blue drive thru boxes b/c of theft at the PO near me 😟.. Please contact me if you haven’t received it or it's late. I don't ever flake & I send on time, actually prefer to send early. That said, I don’t shoot pics of the RRTPC postcards, just the outgoing envelope. I DO take photos of all the previous and my added pages in Decos & MAJs, because each page is a work of art someone has created, and it could be somewhat reproduced if lost or ruined. Im not infallible; I did forget to put my username on a swap I had worked very hard on, and it was hurtful that that mistake was the salient comment from the recipient. Please give me the benefit of the doubt before writing an unkind message on my profile or rating me down. THANKS!

TUCK-INS: NO NEED. While I do sometimes like a little sticker if it’s something I’d like, I am becoming short on space. So while I appreciate the thought, I’m a little overrun with tuck-ins for now. P.ease save them for someone who would appreciate them more. Thanks❣️ ======================================= 🌸 🧁 💐 🌳 🍣 💕 🐈 🍟 👩‍🏫 🪴 🐝 🖼 🐛

Hi! I’m Nancy, aka VAgardengirlgirl, nickname VAgardengirl🤪. I live just outside Richmond, Va in Glen Allen. I’m a retired teacher. My beloved husband of 21 years still works and our son is in college . Now that DS is in college, Hubs and I are taking some trips in fall & spring. We’ve been to New England in fall (breathtaking!), Utah in spring and just returned from the Monongahela area of PA which was very enjoyable! Spring of 2024 takes us to Texas to see the last full solar eclipse (that’s anywhere near me) [probably] of my lifetime.

You may be asking, "why VAgardenGIRLGIRL'?"; does the double 'GIRL' mean I'm extra girly or anti-trans or that I am a go-go dancer?no no no. I’m supportive of the LGBTQ + community ❣️ ” Girl girl” is a typo, or actually a 'voice command-o'. Im a ridiculously horrible typer. Awful! It is literally faster for me to use voice command and then edit (much editing due to VC's limited capacity and my Southern accent). I noticed the girl girl mistake too late so I have to live with it. Oh, well, there are worse fates.

I'm a former 6th grade teacher, in my 60s, and now volunteer for a couple of non-profits, mostly from home. I have a very smart & creative son in college in Boston (Northeastern) and a very kind, smart, & funny husband. He and I met in the local scuba diving club, altho we haven’t dived in years. There’s a whole other world under the water, and it’s so peaceful and beautiful!

Although I’ve lived in the South my entire life, I dream of living in a cooler climate one day and of snow falling on Christmas Day ❄️.

I love snow! ‘Round here, 5” or more means school & appointments are called off and most people get an unexpected free day, which I LOVE! (Favs for snow day: a roaring, crackling 🔥 , baking, crafting, shoveling, napping, shooting pics of snow)

I read my local newspaper, The Richmond Times Dispatch (online), and particularly enjoy feature stories, Carolyn Hax (and all the discussion online about the column -it gets heated!!), Jumble,& Wordle (online). I miss Dave Barry’s weekly column, Farside, and Calvin & Hobbs, but now laugh at Zits, Dilbert and Pluggers.

#What I like to do#

  • gardening, (growing mostly flowers)
  • visiting state & national parks
  • looking at gardens
  • swapping on swap-bot
  • reading (mostly audiobooks)
  • cooking
  • crafting
  • watching TV & movies

We live on a few acres so I enjoy seeing the wildlife, in particular the birds. I typically have a bluebird family in the spring & it’s exciting watching the full progression of empty nest box to nest, eggs, babies and their departure! I love trees and find bugs 🐛 🐜 🕷 & snakes 🐍 interesting. They’re around here all the time, so we get along.

I make an effort to live environmentally-friendly and as of December 2022, I drive an electric vehicle.

🐈 I have 2 orange tabby cat boys whom I adore, Owen & Charley 🐈

##Particular ** favorite** things: are##


coffee flavored candy & desserts, lattes, espresso, coffee cups, quotes about coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, cute little demitasse cups... Think the Bubba Gump shrimp guy in Forrest Gump talking about shrimp...that’s me with coffee

I also like

comical items!

To get an idea of my sense of humor, I find very funny:

*Ted Lasso * most of David Sedaris * Frasier * Atypical * Everybody Loves Raymond *The Middle *Woody Allen (he's not a child moister)or molester



——————- even odd things like a tiny screw, tiny piece of satin ribbon, or an itty bitty feather. Doll house things like a tiny Kleenex box or a miniature book make me lose my mind!

I like tiny things, & sparkles!

  • postage stamps = miniature art! I always notice the postage stamps on my swaps
  • hippos, 🦛 especially baby hippos
  • pastels, especially periwinkle
  • flowers; my favorite is a bluet
  • cute baby animals. What baby isn’t cute?
  • birds, real or drawn
  • trees 🌲
  • anything having to with Thomas Jefferson
  • anything with a bicycle 🚲
  • clocks & watches ⏰
  • photos of all sorts, especially close ups of nature

Robert Llewellen’s photographs amaze me! [robertllewellyn] [(https://www.robertllewellyn.com/]

## I also really like


  • early photos of famous people
  • Quaint churches ⛪ with simple steeples
  • colored or shaped paper clips & cute binder clips
  • origami
  • cute sticky notes (all sizes)
  • small matchbox crafts
  • tiny bottles (like perfume bottles)
  • magazine ads with odd photos
  • interesting ideas about life in the future

  • natural items found outside. I usually have a bowl which I fill with natural finds I like: a feather, a tiny pine cone, a colorful stone or one in a particular shape, some interesting seeds, a pretty leaf, etc.

Books I’ve particularly enjoyed:

  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Dress Your Children in Corduroy & Denim
  • Gone Girl
  • Angela’s Ashes
    • A Gentleman in Moscow*
  • Prince of Tides
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Go Ask Alice
    • The Book Thief*
  • Americanah
    • Middlesex*
    • The Corrections*
    • A Mother’s Reckoning*

TV Shows/series that have been favorites include: -——————————————————— * Atypical * The Kids are Alright * Frasier * Six Feet Under * Breaking Bad * Mr Mercedes *Dateline * Stranger * America’s Test Kitchen * Barefoot Contessa * and,....dare I admit it?.... The Pimple Popper

Movies I’ve loved

  • The Wife
  • Fargo
  • the Sound of Music
  • Harold & Maude
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin
  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • Manchester-by the-Sea
  • Shawshank Redemption


I’m delighted with tiny stickers or cute postage stamps or little cute pictures cut from magazines.


  • Goth
  • mustard yellow
  • religious stuff (but do like holiday icons like bunnies & holly & gingerbread houses.
  • “Dislike” lists that are longer than the “like” list

postcard favorites

  • British royals)
  • Photos of old cars, rustic homes, antiques,
  • outdoor clocks
  • churches,
  • mailboxes,
  • streetcars,
  • trees,
  • musicians,
  • iron fences,
  • steam trains,
  • art photos,
  • black & white photos,
  • postcards of famous people in their early days

Homemade postcard favorites: * funny, weird or unusual magazine pics *a comic from the newspaper


Comment: It is all part of experimenting - you still did more than was required - and it made it here. Have a great holiday!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and note. I am feeling fine now. I didn't really do much for Thanksgiving. Daughter stopped by with great granddaughter. And earlier oldest grandson did a video call from Texas. It was great talking to him.
Comment: Thanks for the PC to pass along and for the AWESOME sticker!! Happy Holidays!
AzEkologi rated for Chunk-O-Cardboard - November 2023 on Nov 26, 2023
Comment: Nancy, greetings swap-friend!! First off, loved the chunk. I like how you 'reinforced' the bendy little bottom bit with an orange bit of cardboard on the side...genius!! Second, the stamps were awesomely curated both in color and theme, I was most impressed...thank you for that. Last, I loved the message about you saving up $93 for you first 10 speed in 1973!!! What was it? A Schwinn perhaps? I own a 1972 Schwinn Speedster (3 speed) and it's one of my favorites (heck, ALL of my bikes are 'one of my favorites' for one reason or another). It's metallic green and white. The 'collegiate green' (as it's called) is one of my favorite Schwinn colors. It's named after their Collegiate 10 speed, that came out in 1970 (my sister's first 10 speed). Also, I loved seeing Hades town, such an awesome musical with great music. I really like Wait for Me and Wedding Song...those are probably my favorites from that show. Best, Rick
SFreer rated for Zine-Go-Round round #32 on Nov 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you Nancy for sending Debbie’s cool monochrome zine. Fun theme! Thanks also for the extra stamps. I am happy that my profile gave you new ideas to explore! (Flying foxes are adorable! Sky puppies is what some people refer to them as 😋) ❤️
Comment: Thank you, will pass on ASAP!
Comment: It has arrived safely for the next round! Toasty is mostly orange, he has white paws, neck, and little on his face and tummy. Happy Caturday :)
Response: Hahaha! 🐈
Comment: thank you for the extras. Will pass PCs along next round :)
Comment: Thanks for Katie Bird's fun Fireworks deco!
Comment: Thanks for swapping :)
Comment: LOVE the Monarchs and all of the butterfly happiness!! Thank you for a great swap! I hope you are having a great Fall so far! xx Gabi
Comment: Love the fun chunk! Wave next time you pass thru the Garden State! Happy Swapping!! x Gabi
Response: So glad you got this! I didn’t put the correct postage on it! Thank you, USPS!
Comment: This is such a fun cardboard chunk! And, of course, I'm super into all of the kitty stickers 🐈 Your boys sound wonderful, even Mr Trouble 🧡 I hope they're giving you lots of snuggles as the weather gets colder~
Response: Whew! I’m glad the PC made it to you…I didn’t put on enough postage. I literally have a hard time remembering the postage rates b/c they change so much!
estromberg rated for Senders Choice PC swap- USA on Nov 6, 2023
Comment: Many thanks for the Awesome Peregrine Falcon PC!! We have a pine tree that a pair of Peregrines come back to every year to have babies. The city wants to cut the tree down but can't because the birds were being protected by the state. I am so happy about that!!
Comment: Thank you!!! I'm so sorry for the late rating! This is what happens when I put stuff on my desk before rating :P
Response: I have a desk like that❣️
Comment: Thank you!
karli rated for Quick Halloween Postcard on Oct 31, 2023
Comment: Thanks for a cool card! Hawaii Halloween is pretty much the same as the mainland- trick or treating, haunted houses, etc. Karolina
Comment: Thanks for the fun swap!
Comment: Thank you for the cards will pass them along. Also, thank you for the very cute cat and fall stickers. I love them! ❤️

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heidiblooms on Sep 30, 2023:

Thank you for sending home my Round Robin Traveling PC #125! Started 8.8.2023 and made it home 9.30.2023. Woohoo!

lou on May 3, 2023:

Congratulations on your upcoming SB anniversary, so glad you’re here!

tcornell on Dec 24, 2021:

Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind words on my profile ♥ This community has been so supportive! Y'all are more appreciated than you realize :) Tracy

Mimi7 on Nov 9, 2021:

Hi Nancy What did you think of Cat book #8 I sent? Isn;t it nice? Enjoying these swaps. Hope you are staying safe and are well.

Don;t forget to rate me and thanks so much!!

take care Donna

lou on Aug 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

dcp0112 on Apr 5, 2021:

Have a wonder spring & have fun planting those beautiful flowers!!

VAgardengirlgirl on Mar 26, 2021:

Many thanks to porkpie5 for uploading the coloring collab! I love the different ways swappers colored it!

porpie5 on Mar 26, 2021:


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