Swap-bot Time: December 7, 2023 11:28 am


Date Joined: March 14, 2016
Last Online: December 6, 2023
Birthday: October 1
Country: United States
My Instagram: A Joy Filled Mailbox
My YouTube: A Joy Filled Mailbox

About Me

10-17-23: I've been sick this whole past week, sorry if I am behind regarding ratings and such...will catch up this week with each of you!

Hello, my name is Kathy. I am a 52 year old married mother of two young adults plus a son-in-law. We have a bearded dragon named Lionel and two Gecko lizards...Janet and Lizzie. Our sweet doggie Chuck went to heaven in 2022. I enjoy my wonderful family!

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, born and raised here. I am an accountant and work for several restaurants.

PersonalityType: INFP-T

My focus word for 2023 is CONSISTENT (I have some goals I really want to go after this year).

Me, A-Z

These are the things I love...

A: Autumn, my favorite season; address labels; anchor (esp rope wrapped around it), a symbol for my dad

B: Bullet Journaling; Bookmarks; the Beach;

C: Christmas, my favorite holiday (see below); Crochet; Cheerful anything; My Cricut machine; Candles; chocolate (dark is my favorite, but I love it all);

D: Daisies

E: Elephants, my favorite animal; Envelopes

F:Flipbooks; Family

G: Genealogy; Game of Thrones; Gudetama The Lazy Egg

H: my planner, the Hobonichi Cousin, Home Spa Time; Happy Mail; Handmade anything; (trips to) Hollywood; Hearts; Hot Cocoa; Halloween (see below)

I: Ink Pens, all kinds!

J: Journals


L: Letters in my Mailbox; Libra, my sign; Leopard Print; The Little Mermaid (Disney); Letter Sets

M: Mermaids; Miniature anything, I love tiny things!!; the Moon

N: Notecards

O: Octopus, the Ocean; Orange/chocolate flavor combinations; October, my birthday month

P: Postcards; Postcrossing; Penpals!; Pocket Letters; Podcasts (Smartless, What Should I Read Next are favorites); playing cards, any random cards you might have...I am putting together my Franken-deck

Q: Quiet Time

R: Reading (see below); Running, The Raiders (Oakland/Las Vegas)

S: Sewing; Stationery sets; Stickers; Sparkles; Starbucks, especially the holiday flavors; Soap, handmade or bought...I love having nice hand soap at my sink;

T: Tea, I love all kinds; Traveller's notebook, standard size, Trader Joe's shopping bag from your region

U: Under the Sea themes;

V: Vanilla, my favorite scent; Vintage Homemaking; my Vanity Table

W: Washi Tape; the Golden State Warriors; What We Do in the Shadow (movie and show)


Y: Yellow, a cheerful color!; YouTube


Favorite Books

I like mysteries, I am a reader of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. …Amazon Prime did a series based on the book called Three Pines.

I get most of the books for my to-be-read list from the podcast What Should I Read Next. If you haven't listened to this podcast I would highly recommend it, it is lots of fun.

Books I've read and enjoyed (that I can think of right now): Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry; Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; The Dry by Jane Harper; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson; The Library Book by Susan Orlean Trejo, a memoir by Danny Trejo

Favorite Movies

My very favorites are:


Groundhog Day

Overboard (the one with Goldie Hawn)

Let The Right One In (I don't normally enjoy "horror" movies, but this Swedish film is sooo good! If you've seen it I would love to hear your thoughts!!)

Favorite Television

My Favorite TV Shows:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

What We Do in the Shadows

Peaky Blinders

The Office



Halloween: my favorite decor/style is vintage/mid century. I love black cats and witches. I am that person that loves pumpkin flavored everything. I am not super into horror or gore, but if that's your things I am interested to see how you craft it...I'm not totally put off by it.

Thanksgiving: I simply love Thanksgiving and the entire Fall season. My husband was born just two days before me and we got married on that day in between...Fall is definitely OUR season. It's such a cozy time, everything slows down a bit after summer and we have time to reflect and practice gratitude.

Christmas: my favorite decor/style for Christmas is mid century vintage, although anything Christmas makes me happy. I love red and green, but also non-traditional Christmas colors like pink and silver, teal and tomato red, or whatever you might combine!


Jafferty rated for November 2023 Photo Diary on Dec 6, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sharing your Nov in photos! You had some big and memorable events. I enjoyed reading about them. Love the xmas tree and how you sowed a pic of your plant when you bought it and then again later in the month. Very nice! Merry Christmas!
SatisHuman rated for Coloring Collab 2023 #11 on Dec 5, 2023
Comment: Thanks for passing on the postcard!
MsButterfly rated for 10 Songs - Christmas Time on Dec 3, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your list! Some were new to me! Merry Christmas!
sincerelyem rated for 10 Songs - Christmas Time on Dec 2, 2023
03Scarlett rated for Email Accountability Swap #22 on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: Kathy, we sound kind of alike with cancelling Dr. appointments (or in my case as well, in not getting blood work and other testing done. Oops!) Hopefully by the first of the year I can get straightened around, caught up and actually make a few appts. Have a great day!
Comment: Oh such fun! This is what a "junk journal" is made of ... and good stuff too. Lovely work. Can't wait to dive in. Thanks for a fun swap.
RiverTopanga rated for Swaps 8 Day Diary October on Nov 18, 2023
Comment: Kathy, I am so sorry. I swear I already rated you for this. This site needs to be revised... all too often I rate people only to find it didn't "stick". I love your 8 days! Happy belated birthday and anniversary! You have such a wonderful, busy life and family. The pics you added are great! Your nails for Halloween were fantastic! How creative your daughter is 👻. I did not know Corey Feldman was in a band...I thought he was just a comedic actor...or maybe I'm not thinking of the right person? I grew up with the Creature Double Feature. It was on on Saturdays and the neighborhood kids (my brother is older) would come over and we would all watch and enjoyJiffy Pop popcorn. I've seen Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein a lot! You should also watch the original Nosferatu (Dracula). It's in black and white, but worth seeing 🦇🦇🦇 like you, I'm not into gorey movies. No stories, only "shock factor". Thank you for sharing a slice of your life with me...I thoroughly enjoyed it! Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 Many more hearts...💛💚💙🧡❤️💜
Comment: wow, such a beautiful journal! I love your special elements - I must copy them for my next journal! I love the use of Christmas cards - so smart! Plus using the foil on the binding was brilliant! I like to use mine too and I like the way you did that! And you did hand lettering for me?!! I must remember to add some to my next one too! Thank you so much!
lob rated for Email Accountability Swap #21 on Nov 15, 2023
Comment: I understand about prioirities, and your sister's wedding is definitely a priority. Thanks for sharing!
Lobo816 rated for Coloring Collab 2023 #10 on Nov 7, 2023
Comment: Got the PC Kathy. I’ll get a section colored and pass it on!!
Comment: A dozen hearts for all you made and sent me this month. I LOVE everything. And with such special touches. You made me feel special and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I plan to use up the Christmas cards soon. The two homemade flip books you made thrill me. The letter. The packge I just got with a notebook (will use it to say who I sent Xmas cards too and who I got from), gift tags, post cards, stickers and note card. All were so very special to come home to and open. I am wishing that your partner spoiled you as well.
Comment: Oh, Kathy, some months are just like that! Like you, I really only managed to get the things I absolutely had to do done and kept up with swapping but only just. Never mind -- onwards and upwards for both of us!
Comment: Thank you for he great cards
Comment: Thank you for the pretty card and stickers! I enjoyed everything!
Clcintx88 rated for True Crime Journal on Oct 19, 2023
Comment: Great job! Thank you for all your hard work!
Geekydee rated for new September, new healthy habit on Oct 19, 2023
Comment: Hi Kathy and thank you for your letter. I’ve seen things about wall Pilates previously but never got around to trying it myself. I’ve downloaded the app and will be having a look at it :) have you found that it’s provided good results for you? Take care, Deb
craftynut rated for World Postcard Day 2023 - Global on Oct 18, 2023
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful postcard.
Comment: The mail you send it is like art I don’t even want to use it. Lol thanks for making this a great month especially because it was my birthday month. I’m sure will be meeting again. Have a great October.
shinyserra rated for WordMaker #6 PUMPKIN SPICE on Oct 8, 2023
Comment: Great job!
MarHelene rated for Coloring Collab 2023 #9 on Oct 7, 2023
Comment: Pretty card, will finish as I'm the last one and send on!

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SuperNay on Jun 15, 2023:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the June AATW bookmark via Amazon. My week has been really tough as a good friend passed away. The happy mail I receive this week has helped lift my mood. Thank you. :)

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

MisplacedfromPA on Dec 23, 2021:

A HUGE HUG and gigantic praises for my Squirrel stockings you sent for the WIYM Stuff the stocking September USA. So adorable,,squirrels paddeling down the river in a canoe. Just love them. Thank you so very much. Merry Christmas---Michelle

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Stepht on Jan 8, 2021:

Hey Kathy! Thank you for the cute postcard!! I'm so glad you liked the mermaid stuff. Happy New Year!! <3

debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Put a little Pumpkin spice in your life

nomadmama on Nov 10, 2020:

I got my first mail for Happy Mail all Month yesterday! Thak you. We do definitely have a lot in common. What an exciting elector your daughter to have as her first! I just finished Radicals and Roses by Susan Zimet about women's suffrage. I am not a big non-ficton person, so I was pleasantly surprised by how engaging it was.

ittybittykitty on Oct 31, 2020:

Happy Halloween!

OrigamiGrace on Oct 28, 2020:


Have a fun and safe Halloween!

debtea2 on Oct 2, 2020:

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