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Date Joined: April 22, 2011
Last Online: December 6, 2021

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About Me

Updated 28 November, 2021

Where's my rating? Where's Meredith?
Every few weeks I head to central Wisconsin to visit my husband's parents for a few days, 210 miles from our home to theirs. They are 88 and live in their home. I make nice meals and leave them leftovers and fresh pasta from Trader Joe's for easy meals. We don't do very much because it's a small city with little to do. I'm mostly offline for the duration of the visit because their WiFi is unreliable.

I'm a retired software engineer and application architect. I'm working on websites for a couple of nonprofit organizations. I've learned when people ask me to build a website, I ask them to prepare content, enough for 30 webpages. That's often when their dream dies.

My kitchen is my craft room because I love cooking and baking. We are vegetarians, doing our bit for climate change. These days I'm simplifying complicated recipes, like crustless cheese-less quiche with three ingredients plus salt, pepper and herbs. What are your favorite foods? How do you make them? I drink lots of tea, mostly herbal now, if a swap suggests sending tea in sealed packets.

Sometimes I make fancy envelopes and some are pretty good. The best ideas come from mail art that I receive, like tearing a map to cover the front of an envelope. I have lots of Japanese washi tape and often use just that on outgoing envelopes. Some people tell me they pull it off the envelopes I send and reuse it. I would love to receive unused vintage US postage stamps or unused postage stamps from other countries to decorate envelopes. Lots of Stamps on an Envelope swap requirements don't say they all need to be from my country!

I enjoy writing and often send letters or longish notes with swaps, even when they aren't required. That's the extra I send. I'd love to receive lined letter paper, folded or not.

Traveling is my greatest love. I worked and lived in Israel and India and lived in Paris, all places I enjoyed despite not having time for sightseeing. (I never went up the Eiffel Tower.) Until the pandemic I traveled quite a bit. Now I'm waiting to see where I can go next. Where do you suggest we go? Can we Americans go to your country?

A Note About Chronic Pain
More than a few people write about chronic pain in their Swap-bot profiles. I came across this article in The Washington Post and thought of y'all.
Chronic pain is surprisingly treatable — when patients focus on the brain
This is a gift link so you won't bump into the paywall.

I just realized... With the most recent increase to USPS retail prices, one postcard stamp equals two additional ounce stamps. For me, this is useful when I send a rigid, two-ounce envelope full of postcards.


I swap for blank postcards in envelopes and written, naked postcards. I send the blank postcards I receive to family and friends and people on Postcrossing; I set them aside so I won't send them for Swap-bot swaps. I don't mind gently bent corners; I lop them off with a corner rounder. Please send nice, colorful and cheerful postcards that you'd happily send your family and friends.

If you're sending me a naked postcard, please send one that's a favorite of yours, sender's choice or for a swap with a theme.

No, thank you. Sorry, no hearts. Postcards from the US when you're from elsewhere! Postcards to color, postcards for Christian holidays and legends, and Zazzle postcards. Those cheap sepia 32-pcs Vintage Travel Sights Landscape Retro Postcards. Not those childish Distributed by Michael's Inc. designs. I have many Pomegranate postcards because I buy their remaindered postcard books at Half Price Books for $3. (Lucky you if there's a Half Price Books near you.)
Please, no junk.

manders loves kawaii

Omurice is a wonderful quick dinner. I make it with Trader Joe's Japanese Fried Rice and extra frozen vegetables, thin omelettes that we lay over the fried rice, and ketchup. And now it's turning up in kawaii like Ojipan and I love them all!


My favorite kawaii has a face. I love food with faces and anchovies with legs and animals in an unlikely milieu like cat servers at faux Starbucks.

I'd appreciate stickers and memos for mail art: faux postage, letters, writing implements, and stationery.

I enjoy most characters, especially San-X. My favorite characters at the moment are Corocoro Coronya, gudetama lazy (or depressed or fatigued?) egg yolk, Kogepan Burnt Bread, and pastel Sentimental Circus.

I'm looking for kawaii books with faces. And puffins. How could all the kawaii artists have never thought to draw puffins?

No, thanks. Poo and bottoms aren't kawaii to me. 3D stickers from sheets and sticker flakes, especially PVC and puffy. Real photos made cute aren't so cute to me. Unicorns are too sweet for me.

Books I Recommend

  • Louise Penny's binge-worthy mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
  • Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • A Promised Land. Barack Obama's memoir, read by Barack Obama
  • The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I read and loved the first three books in the series The Queen's Thief ages ago and will backtrack to 4 and 5 in the series.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis. I read this for book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of his feminist novels. It amazed us that his characters feel contemporary.
  • I'm learning Talmud with a Daf Yomi group.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. It's excellent and deeply discouraging.
  • Chalice by Robin McKinley, a YA fantasy author. I'm binging on her books now, as my turn comes up on the hold list. Every story is unique!
  • Tara Westover's memoir Educated, about growing up in a Mormon survivalist family with her bipolar and possibly schizophrenic father.

No, thank you

  • Candles. My husband worries that we'll burn the house down.
  • Christian holidays, etc. I'm Jewish.
  • Coffee. I never started drinking it. I drink lots of tea!
  • Ephemera, scrap book paper, and the like. I'm not very good at paper craft. My phone is my planner and my journal is unadorned.
  • Extras. I have plenty of kawaii, stickers and washi tape.
  • Food. We keep kosher and we are vegetarians.
  • Glitter, sequins and other tiny metallic or plastic bits
  • Plastic, if possible. Reuse all those bubble mailers!
  • Postcards: see above
  • Tobacco smoke residue aka thirdhand smoke. See also thirdhandsmoke.org: People can be exposed to thirdhand smoke by touching contaminated surfaces (absorption through the skin).
  • Unicorns, unless they are images of the Unicorn Tapestries dating from the late Middle Ages.


Comment: Thank you so much for the awesome PCs! You took so much time matching them to my profile, and I truly appreciate that. I love all of them!
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad they arrived: better late than never!
Comment: Love, love, love!! Thank you for the great D&D pcs! I love them. Aloha!
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad they hit your sweet spot!
Comment: Chag Samech! I hope you are finding joy and light during this Hannukah season. Thank you so much for the sweet gift and the lovely note. I bet Minnesota is COLD this time of year! I’m in California so we don’t get any snow and barely even cold weather. Not that I’m complaining :) happy third night of hannukah, sending much love your way 💕
Response: Happy Hanukkah! Shabbat Shalom! My husband says our weather is like Northern California now. I haven't scraped frost off our little auto and snow is only a light dusting. Daytime temps in the 40s and nighttime temps rarely drop below freezing.
Ikat78 rated for Lots of Stamps on an Envelope #24 on Nov 28, 2021
Comment: Wow! I love how you decorated this envelope. Thank you for the lovely note and pcs/notecard. I’ve been to the Holocaust Museum as well. It certainly makes an impact. The Atomic Cannon PC is cool. I have never seen it. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! We had a tiny vegetarian Thanksgiving, just my husband and me. Only one dessert so I created a mashup of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin roll. Well, not *literally* a mashup!
Comment: Thanks Meredith! These stickers are so cute! :D
Response: You're welcome! I'm glad you like kawaii!
Comment: Love the cards! I really loved the squirrel washi tape on the envelope! I love squirrels and often call ‘squirrel’ at work when we get distracted or go off topic! Thank you so much!
Response: You're so welcome! Did you gently pull the washi tape off the envelope?!!
Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!
Response: You're welcome. Thanks for hosting the swap.
ccmmsu rated for KSU: It's all...BEARS on Nov 12, 2021
Comment: Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for the mountain of bear memos! Several of the Rilakkuma ones match mini memos I have, so now I have a complete "set," which is pretty cool. :) Wish I could have seen your Halloween dragon - it sounds awesome!
Response: You're so welcome! I had fun collecting them - I just couldn't stop!
jeka396 rated for FS: PC Nov. #1 on Nov 12, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the super cool D&D card! My eldest (soon the be 11yrs) loves Rick Riordan books and knows way more about mythology than I could imagine!
Response: You're welcome. Rick Riordan and Captain Underpants turned my nephew into a reader. Ovid's Metamorphoses was my crash course in Greek mythology. The Penguin translation is particularly good -- a page turner!
Comment: Thanks, I resent the acknowledgement
Response: I gather the second-click magic worked
Comment: Nice card from a country I will likely not get to in my travels. Hope the leaves are changing for you now. Ours are long gone. Happy Fall to you.
Response: I aim for a country that's far from my partner! I'm not sure I'll ever get to the Southern Hemisphere. Leaves are almost gone. Good raking weather this weekend, in the 60s.
Comment: Thank you for the adorable Halloween card >.<
Response: Thanks for the rating. I hope the card arrived in time for the holiday!
Comment: Thanks so much for your lovely note, adorable kitty stickers and postcard sent in that very colourful envelope. Such a treat and much appreciated! Cathy
Response: You're welcome! I'm so glad you like it and think of my swap as a treat!
noname13 rated for CPG QUICKIE: Birdy PC - Global on Oct 29, 2021
Comment: thanks a lot for your postcard!
Response: You're welcome.
debbiespoms rated for Mini Scavenger Hunt 10/2021 on Oct 26, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much for the wonderful swap of PC's for the swap and the extra. Very nice of you! Great swap!
Response: You're so welcome! So is it a bridge or a work of art?!!
TeaNi rated for CPG Oct 2021 Stocking Stuffer - US on Oct 25, 2021
Comment: thank you! :)
Response: You're welcome!
Comment: Oh my goodness so many cute cat goodies!🐈😍. Thank you so much everyone sent is adorable and I absolutely love all of it. Thank you for a wonderful swap, it cheered my entire day.
Response: You're welcome! I enjoy sending cheer!
Comment: Thanks for these old stamps, the maps and the extra postcards! We have been having many storm cycles, back to back to back. They are quite violent. It's good to stay inside and watch the sea rage. Stay safe and healthy and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry. PS: I am originally from WI and there are loads of Minnesotan place names up here. :)
Response: You're welcome. Maybe, some day, I'll visit you in Alaska. In the meantime we are healthy and not going far from home. Just Stevens Point, WI, again next week.
raniheartspaper rated for KSU: 20 LARGE memos #4 on Oct 25, 2021
Comment: So nice to see a swap from you! It does sound like you had a productive trip to Wis. We are in the midst of building a winter shelter for the quails. Btw, keeping your envelope, love all the stickers you included on there.
Response: I think you need a French memo board so you don't start new piles in your office. I made one with fabric, ribbon, and a stretched canvas. It has layers of wonderful postcards because I add my incoming favorites on top and now it's Postcrossingyears of layers. Many postcards aren't saved now because there are too many.
sebastian122 rated for KSU: Join now, mail Monday! on Oct 23, 2021
Comment: Love the envelope! And you're right about the flakes, especially the melon soda one!! I will use them all. =D (ETA: No squirrel tape, just a lot of adorbs stickers)
Response: Did I use the watercolor squirrel washi tape?!! Or was it more in the appetizing direction?

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susieq11 on Dec 4, 2021:

Meredith!!!! Thank you so very much for the scavenger hunt postcards!!!! That is so nice of you! Very cool that you kept to a theme. I love it! As with all Meredith mail, the washi is adorable and looks so perfect! Wishing you a happy weekend and Hanukkah! Thank you for your generosity always. xoxo

Autist on Dec 3, 2021:

I must have forgot to hit Leave Comment. But…

Thank you so much for the lovely ornaments!! They look amazing on my tree. The tinsel was my husbands favorite. It was very helpful and so kind of you to think of us.


Heirloom on Dec 2, 2021:

Fairydollmilk on Nov 22, 2021:

Thank you for the washi and note for my Nov wonderful wish!

sebastian122 on Nov 22, 2021:

Thank you for the too wonderful RAK. I totally appreciate the cheer at this time. XOXO Sweet potato and apple latkes sound wonderful. =D

Highlander18 on Nov 21, 2021:

Thank you very much for the WW wishes. Love the colors!!!

sebastian122 on Nov 21, 2021:

Happy Happy!

Poohtat on Nov 21, 2021:

Thank you for the WW Nov wish. I agree that not moving the shoulder is hard. Even harder when PT/OT wants me to move it! :)

fishsteak on Nov 18, 2021:

Thanks for the tea and paperclips with your letter for my November WW! What a coincidence that you’re familiar with the area. I’m about to get my first taste of a New England winter this year, haha. My favorite thing is the subway and we’re quite close to the Orange Line, so it’s great.

sebastian122 on Oct 31, 2021:

Thank you for the card. =D And thanks for spoiling me.

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