Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 1:08 pm


Original Member
Last Online: January 29, 2023
Birthday: September 15
Country: United States

About Me

badge PLEASE STOP TAPING ENVELOPES SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN'T BE OPENED! The last two I got were so taped up I couldn't find even a tiny space to slide in a letter opener. I had to cut the edge off, and I don't want to ruin your swap! SO PLEASE DON'T TAPE! If you feel you must, please use Washi tape, not Scotch tape. End of rant.

If you want a heart, you will read or at least scan my profile to see what I like and don't like! Hint: Don't send me stickers!

Word of the Year 2021 Okay, so, I oculdn't decide between two, so I'm taking both! Mindful and Legendary. The second is after a fitness/weight loss group I've joined (first one that's actually working anymore!) called "Legendary Ladies." I am loving the program and wanted to honor all the legendary ladies I know! If yyou want to use one or both to make something for me, that would be AWESOME! Thanks!

7/8/20 Update I hope everyone is safe and well during these strange times. Grateful that I'm near a park and in a neighborhood where it's easy and safe to walk. It's getting hot here now, so that's done either early or after the sun goes down. Please stay safe, everyone! And remember that we're doing this for each other!

NOTE It gets hot here, and my mail goes to a metal box down the street. If I don't pick it up right when it's delivered, you can bet it's gonna "cook" in there a while, so please don't send anything that might melt!

I am a retired high school English teacher, now an actor and writer. I have always loved crafting and am trying to learn to draw and paint, although I am not sure I have the patience for that. I keep trying though! I love to play around with watercolors and acrylics.

I used to do silversmithing and still do some macrame once in a while. I also knit and crochet sometimes. More lately! I like to sew and enjoy making up my own patterns for purses and stuff. I've got a bag full of old men's ties that are just waiting for inspiration and time available to get started.

Recently, I've started experimenting with block printing and paper making. I love bookbinding too.

Purple and turquoise are my favorite colors, but I love blue and green too.

Please don't send anything with fragrances as my son is allergic. Candles are out as well. They'd melt before I could get to them!

I love plants & flowers, but travel too much to keep any alive. I even managed to kill a snake plant somehow. I think it got hit in a hard freeze we had last winter.

I was born in the year of the Tiger, and they are my favorite animal: so beautiful and strong.

My sons tell me I am obsessed with boxes and containers of any kind. It's really hard for me to throw away the box something came in, especially if it's unique!

I love learning new things, so I really want to hear about your area, learn about YOU! I love surprises, that's one of the best things about swap-bot! I know what I like and I will generally just go get it if I want it enough. Surprise me with something different! I love it when swappers add personal notes about what they sent. Share a little of YOU! Thanks!

Favorite Music

Any music that is well done is appealing, but I listen most often to rock, blues and jazz. I love making mixes and seeing what other people mix up. I'm open to hearing new groups and singers, but generally don't like rap music. Opera is okay when I'm there watching the performance, but I don't listen to it otherwise. I appreciate country music, but don't listen to it much either.

Favorite Movies

Big Fish, LA Confidential, Chinatown, Princess Bride, Neverending Story, Bringing Up Baby, SOme Like it Hot, Monkey Business, Animal House, Harry Potter movies, LOTR, Amelie, The Thin Man series, Memento, The Gods Must be Crazy, The Road to Singapore, Conspiracy Theory. Pretty eclectic mix, I know!

Favorite Television

Orange is the New Black, Walking Dead, Arrow, Extant--1st season, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Ugly Betty, Monk, Psych, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, Top Chef. Lots of old ones in here. I haven't been watching much TV lately.

Well, that's no longer true, is it? Not for me anyway, although it's slowed some. I've been watching Ozark, Bull, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (LOVE IT!), Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Avenue 5 to name a few.

Favorite Crafts

Photography, bookbinding, block printing, watercolor, art journals, crocheting, some knitting, used to do embroidery & crewel, but not so much anymore. I love to make collages, mixed media, colored pencil, sewing, silver-smithing, decoupage, stenciling, I'll try anything! I love to learn new crafts! I do like to scrapbook, but don't really do it much, so I can't really use materials for that.

Favorite Books

Since I'm a former English teacher, I love to read most anything (I've been known to resort to the backs of cereal boxes and shampoo bottles!), but I adore mysteries, especially "cozy" ones (like coffeehouse, cooking, bookstore, dog lovers, handyman, they go on and on!). Sue Grafton's alphabet series is a must read, but so is Harry Potter!

I don't like overly religious books or really gory stuff, although I adore most of Dean Koontz's stuff, and some Stephen King.

I'm also not a fan a typical "women's fiction." Just not into that. I need some action, not just talk (especially the 'poor me' variety!).

I go in phases of reading. Right now, I'm enjoying cooking books, like Ruth Reichl and Peter Mayle. Past binges have included fantasy and SF, police procedurals, true adventures like Endurance (a great book and an amazing true story), Into Thin Air and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Biographies and autobiographies are another favorite. Maya Angelou's are wonderful. Gilda Radner's book, It's Always Something, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, I could go on and on!

I loved Counting by Sevens (my brother declared that it's the best book he's read all year!), The Memory Keeper's Daughter, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairstyles of the Damned, A Confederacy of Dunces, and The Historian among many others. Reading is a passion, can you tell? Check out my Goodreads site above if you want to see more!


I love getting PCs, especially vintage ones, but i don't need any more blank ones. If it's a PC swap, I prefer them to be sent NAKED and written on. I love hearing about your area, or how you got the PC, anything! I found a list of ideas on what to write at the Postcrossing blog. Click here. If the swap requirements don't allow for naked PCs, then in an envie is okay.

If your city has a baseball stadium, I would LOVE a PC of it! Please write on the back if you've seen a game there, and anything else about the team or stadium you want to share. That will give you a heart for sure!

What won't earn a heart is just STUFF. I prefer to scavenge and find what I need in a magazine or just around the house than use something purchased. If you have something you've created to share, that's great! But please don't send card making supplies or random stuff like that. My house is way too cramped with stuff I've accumulated to use "someday" already! Lastly, I really DO NOT LIKE STICKERS! Please don't send or use those in a craft for me.

Long story short, a great "surprise" for me is a suggestion for a great book to read or anything HANDMADE by you. I also like hearing about where you live and places you've been.

Thanks for whatever you send. If I can't use it, I'll regift it in another swap.

Don't like/want.

I really like most things, but I'm not into cutesy stuff or overtly religious materials.

I'm really don't like stickers, so those will just be re-gifted if sent. If you're creating something for me, I'd rather you didn't use stickers.

As I mentioned above, I don't need any more craft supplies. I'd really rather get a note from you! See above for ideas of what to write.

It's becoming a pet peeve of mine--overly taped envelopes. I literally have received many that were pretty much impossible to open without grabbing some scissors, and then I'm always afraid I'll also cut the contents. If you must tape, please leave an opening somewhere for my letter opener to get in!Thanks!


Remember I live in a desert! So if it's summer and you're thinking of sending chocolate or candles, think again! Anything perishable (or that can melt) is probably not a good idea during those months (that'd be late May-September here)!

I'm adding this saguaro blossom image hoping it will show up this time. I seldom have any luck with this.

A word about ratings

Please leave some kind of comment. It doesn't really take much time, and part of the reason I love SB is "meeting" all of you out there. Let me know if you liked what I sent, and maybe what/why. If you didn't like it, please let me know that, and I will try to make or find something to please you. I read your profile and try to send something based off that, usually even if that's not part of the swap. I don't know. It just seems polite to say something. Thanks!


Rainydancer rated for SSM: Collaborative Story #17 on Jan 22, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much, I'm excited to continue your story!
Comment: You had a buzy month with some great books. I've got Gingerbread, Invisible Monsters,The Chalk Man and The Whalebone Theatre on my tbr list now. You were generous with your rating for Firekeepers Daughter- I gave it 1 star and a savage review which has gotten many thumbs up, lol!! Thanks for always great recommendations! xxMuggleMom
Response: Yeah, I think I was so intrigued with the culture, I was too generous with that one. MANY flaws. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your reviews and, as always, have added a couple to my own TBR list! I really appreciate the breadth of your reading and your sharp analyses.
Response: Thank you! Right back at ya! Thanks for the heart!
Risna rated for Travelling PC's World #71 (NEW HOST) on Jan 15, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter with the PC. Film festivals are so much fun and I wish I could afford to attend more. But time and money are rare. Watched THE PINK PANTHER last night for the first time ever. That was not my cup of tea. I'm going to have to stick to the real classics from the 30s and 40s - mybe the 50s. Hope to meet you in another swap soon!
Response: Haha! I have to say I love that series, but I think The Pink Panther Strikes Again and The Return... are much fiunnier, but you do have to like that kind of humor. Thanks for the heart! Yes, hope our paths cross again! Have a great 2023!
Comment: Thanks for the reviews. I'm curious about the second one - I know people in the UP area.
Response: I did really enjoy the book and learning about that area and the native was a big part of what I really liked. It is definitely worth reading! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I know a book is determined to be YA (usually) based on the MC's age so if the MC is between like 15-21 it's considered YA no matter the subject matter.
Response: Wow. I took a course in Children's, including YA lit, years ago, but somehow I didn't realize that. Seems a crazy way. That would include Lolita, for example! Thanks for the heart!
luv2kraft rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 13, 2023
Comment: Nothing makes me happy!
Response: Me too! I need to do more of nothing!
MerryMe rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 11, 2023
Comment: Doing nothing is good for the soul!
Response: For sure! Right now I've so many somethings to do, it's stressing me out. Can't wait to have NOTHING again! lol!
soyprincesa2 rated for Junk Journal 27- last of 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: I love your use of bright colors and the voltage format. Such an attractive eye appealing layout. Thanks!
Response: Thanks! I love these journals! Thanks for the heart!
hellojett rated for Junk Journal 27- last of 2022 on Jan 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you for sharing your page. Great that you are in the theatre, what fun! I like the nice little old fashioned Christmas ornaments too, they're really special.
Response: Thank you! Those were fun to cut out. They remind me of the hand-blown ornaments I have from my parents. I really treasure those! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the holiday card and personal note! Apologies for the delayed rating, I was away for several weeks over the holidays.
Response: No worries! It's been crazy around here too!
samsstuff rated for Travelling book card #52 on Jan 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the card to work on & the lovely Holiday card!
Response: You are welcome! thanks for the hearted 5!
PrairieKittin rated for AMA: HD/HP Pass and Paste #123 on Dec 28, 2022
Comment: I love the bees! I'm lookinh forward to adding to this and sending it home!
Response: Yay! I love bees and honeycombs too! So fun to draw (and something I actually can do!) Thanks for the heart! I'd love to see how this one turns out,
ultracinematik rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #6 on Dec 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the fun altered postcard. The image on the left was torn while journeying here, and it is just feet... Which I think makes it more abstract and fun. I haven't read that particular Neil Gaiman book yet but I will certainly look into it.
Response: Darn! I worried about that. It was one of those soldiers that guard Buckingham Palace. I thought about putting it into a clear sleeve, but it seemed on there pretty solid. I guess not. Thanks for the heart. If you like audio books, Gaiman is wonderful narrating his own books. I have been seeking out all of them!
Comment: Thank you! I wish you merry Christmas and a good new year!
Response: Thanks so much! Have a wonderful 2023! Thanks for the heart!
andee73 rated for Holiday Card to PC 2022 on Dec 14, 2022
wolfeagle rated for AMA: Altered Postcard #5 on Dec 10, 2022
Comment: Thank you. Looks like this is how the postcard should have been. ;)
Response: Cool! It was fun finding the images and deciding where to put them! Thanks for the 5!
ultracinematik rated for Holiday Card to PC 2022 on Dec 9, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the funny card PC. I enjoyed your Tim Curry memories!
Comment: I received my card back today and it was so much fun to see what you and Katie added! Thank you so much for hosting this fun swap and for adding joy to my card!
Response: SO glad you like it! Always fun to see how these turn out! Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
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photovivie on Jan 27, 2023:

Thank you for sending me my library card back!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:


SeleneW on Sep 16, 2022:

Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise in my my mail box this month! The finish of the AMA HD/HP P&P which is just simply gorgeous! I love it! Thank you again! <3 <3

simcoe54 on Sep 15, 2022:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!!

DaisyNY on Jul 21, 2022:

In case you were wondering how this turned out:

wolfeagle on Mar 9, 2022:

Thank you so much for working on my pass and paste. It's a monster. I love it!

VitaLynne on Feb 13, 2022:

Hi Carol. What a joy it was to be your send-to partner. Thank you for the kind notes and messages we shared. You will be a hard act to follow. You have inspired me to be my very best and to do my very best to foster kind communication on Swap-Bot. Love, Wisdom and Power to you always. Vita Lynné

RooBaRoo on Jan 1, 2022:

Hi! I am back after about 2 & half years… HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say, where is the Carpe Librum group?

wolfeagle on Dec 28, 2021:


Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

bblue on Dec 12, 2021:

Thank you for contributing to my AMA HD/HP Pass and Paste postcard (cartoon characters).

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