Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2023 12:24 am


Date Joined: August 27, 2008
Last Online: September 28, 2023
Birthday: April 16
Country: United States
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About Me

Welcome to my profile!

Quick overview about me:

I recently graduated with a degree in genealogy and family history research. I am studying to become a proofreader as well.

I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis. If any of you have an autoimmune disease and/or inflammatory arthritis, I would love to hear your story and how you treat and cope.

My family consists of my husband and our five children, ranging in age from 23 to 11, and also one son-in-law! We have two cockatiels, 🦜 two diamond doves πŸ•ŠοΈ, one tortoise, 🐒 and a bearded dragon.🦎 We love exotic animals. I live in Arizona. Hot!!πŸ˜“(Stuff in the mail can melt!) 🫠

I love to send and receive snail mail. I have been here in the swap community for many years now and I have enjoyed swapping things with people from all over the world. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!


Colors: Any shade of green, my very favorite is dark/forest green. Purple is a close second. I especially enjoy green and purple in combination. That being said, I love all colors!

Animals: I love duck-billed platypuses, my all-time favorite animal. They are so fascinating! I love fascinating and unusual animals.

I also love: hedgehogs, Basset hounds, cockatiels, mallard ducks, walruses, sea horses, bearded dragons, and tortoises

Hobbies: Playing the piano, reading, diamond "painting," crocheting, knitting, adult coloring (especially color-by-number), recycling, proofreading, genealogy, jigsaw puzzles

Crafts: Crocheting and knitting. I also enjoy cross-stitching occasionally. I have tried ATCs in the past and enjoy those as well. I also love to color, especially adult color-by-number.

More detailed descriptions of what I like are below. (Feel free to read what you like and skip what isn't relevant.)

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit and crochet.

Note: If you have no use for your leftover yarn balls and you don't know what to do with them, feel free to send them my way! I make little things from yarn leftovers all the time, and I love to have variety in colors.

I love to color. It is very relaxing to me. Color-by-number is by far my favorite because it takes the "stress" of choosing colors out of the process.

My collections/FYI:

My collections: I love to collect NATIVITY Christmas tree ornaments. (Mary, Joseph, the infant Jesus, shepherds, and/or wise men.)

My other collections:

Anything with a platypus on it

Leftover yarn balls

Acrylic worsted-weight yarn

ATCs (especially profile-based ones)

Jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings for pierced ears), handmade or store-bought

Christmas postcards, store-bought, blank/unused

Postcards (I prefer non-touristy, but I like all postcards.)

Advent calendars, Advent, the countdown to Christmas

Other things I LOVE:

My wish list:

Stories or anything relating to adoption (near and dear to my heart)

Anything from my collections section above! πŸ˜„

Nativity scenes

Pocket tissues with designs

Personal address labels

Adult color-by-number books, pages, photocopies, etc.

Washi tape (or any deco tape)

Perfume samples

Colorful pens

Gel pens

Colorful, fine-point permanent markers

Languages! Postcards, note cards, images, letters, etc. in a language foreign to English

Cultural diversity (all diversity, really)

Images of sunsets on the beach

Baymax from "Big Hero 6"

Sock monkeys

Handwritten letters and chatty notes (A letter from YOU would absolutely make my day!)

Decorative bandages (any and all designs or pictures)

Decorative/decorated envelopes, store-bought or handmade

Gift cards to any retailer


Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving

Button up hanging kitchen towels, handmade or store-bought

Stickers (flat ones, not puffy, foam, or 3D)

Potholders/hot pads, handmade or store-bought

Piano or flute sheet music 🎢


Holiday cards (blank/unused) for any holiday: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc., store-bought or handmade

Hair accessories: barrettes, clips, headbands, etc.

Sugar-free mints or gum

Snow! Snowflakes and/or snow scenes. We don't get any snow here, and I'm glad, but I really think it's beautiful and sometimes I feel like I am missing out.

Wrapping paper/gift wrap (Christmas, birthday, all occasion, wedding, baby, etc.)

I am a fan of the paranormal, especially ghosts! I love ghost stories and personal paranormal accounts. I would LOVE to hear yours if you are willing to share your experience! (But please no bloody, gory, or dark.)

Anything from (or similar to) my etsy favorites

An Advent calendar (I love Advent calendars of any kind. I love the anticipation and countdown to Christmas and I love Advent.)

Anything that has to do with platypuses or has a platypus on it


Postcard Preferences:

I love virtually all postcards, but here is a list of the postcards I particularly enjoy:


Fluffy, soft animals, domestic or wild (photographs that make you want to touch or pet them)

Sea creatures, especially sea horses



Mallard ducks





Castles and palaces

Hawaii or other tropical places

Beautiful sunsets

Norman Rockwell paintings




Vintage (true vintage, not copies)


Multiview without borders (the pictures fade into each other and/or overlap)


Dogs, especially Bassett hounds


Airplanes in flight

Rainbows (photographs)



Autumn leaves or other Fall photographs

Nativity scenes

Native/cultural dress

Books/reading related


America's founding fathers

Holidays (any)

Black and white photographs

Anything related to my likes or collections above

A note about postcard preferences: If a swap asks for a choice, I most often prefer postcards sent blank in an envelope. I love swapping postcards, and it is nice to have variety in my stash. However, I enjoy almost as much receiving stamped and written postcards, especially if the postcard is from my postcard preferences list above, has a nice, chatty handwritten note on it, is nicely decorated, and/or has unusual postage stamps on the back. 🀩 Please feel free to send postcards any way you wish.


Thank you for swapping with me! I am easy to please, but after years of swapping experience I am adding a small "please don't send me" section:

Coffee or tea (Herbal tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, or kool-aid-type packets are fine to replace these with in a swap.)

Macabre, bloody, gory, or demonic


Skulls (although I love Halloween, this is one thing I dislike, even cartoony ones. I do like full-body skeletons, though!)

"Bodice-ripper" novels

Stickers that don't stick well! (Pet peeve!)

Zazzle (or other printed) postcards

I don't really do scrapbooking or card-making.

I have all the notebooks and journals I need right now. However, I would love for you to send any of these items in a swap if they feature any of my favorites listed above!

Not a fan of primates (with the exception of sock monkeys, lemurs and their relatives, and humans, of course 😜)

Thank you!


fbresnah rated for HS: Halloween Card Swap #1 on Sep 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the cool card and all the extras. Love the jokes!
Comment: Great castle PC, thank you!
Comment: Great card, thanks!
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! I loved the Cars movies too! I haven't seen them in an age but we always ended up watching them when the kids were here for a sleepover. Fall has finally arrived! We have had temps in the 60s and I have been cold for days! It's never a smooth transition...one day it's too hot and the next day I'm cold! lol I'm ready for this time of year! Bring on the pumpkin spice!
Ikat78 rated for Note on a Postalette 11 on Sep 25, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postalette. Congrats on your anniversary! Wow, that’s a long time. I hope you get to catch up with celebrating soon if you haven’t already. May you both be feeling better too. Thank you!
quaisoir rated for Vintage tourist card #37 on Sep 22, 2023
Comment: Love the edges of the vintage postcard. It's such a beautiful scenery.Love the postage stamps too. Thank u Marinda! 😊
Comment: Thanks, interesting card. Rich
Gamanana0022 rated for THEME TOPIC SUBJECT (TTS) #1 on Sep 21, 2023
Comment: I love the sea turtle card you sent me! Thankyou!
ReadWithMel rated for 🚲 Bicycle PC Swap on Sep 21, 2023
Comment: Great card, thank you!
mchesser12 rated for SCATTS - Q - Round 12 - US Only on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the Queen's Castle postcard and sharing the Q answers. Q is a harder letter to find answers.
Comment: Thanks for the bird postcard! I enjoyed reading about your birds and the unique stamps you used!
Vickyen rated for Water Postcard (sent naked) #2 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Hi Marinda! Love the card from Hawaii! I have not been yet, but it is on my bucket list! What a bummer for your hubby to be there but not have any "play time"! That would be the pits, but has happened to my sons a number of times when they travel for work - sigh! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Marinda, thank you - awesome card!
denisedecker58 rated for Use It Up Letter #5 on Sep 19, 2023
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter and all the different papers you used. I hope Titus has a nice long nap this winter. He sounds so cool!
Changeling rated for G: Campfire stories on Sep 18, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your note and the creepy stories. I love to read ghost stories on reddit but hadn't seen those.
shinyserra rated for Postalette / Fold N Seal Swap #12 on Sep 18, 2023
Comment: Congrats on your son's procedure being a success!!!
ButterflyGirl85 rated for WIYM: **BIG CITY PC SWAP** on Sep 17, 2023
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter. ❀️
TryshaH81 rated for Sticker Sheets on Sep 16, 2023
Comment: Happy Swapping
mle rated for Use It Up Letter #5 on Sep 15, 2023
Comment: I'm from AZ and miss the mountains. The heat this summer in Texas feels exactly like the Valley. It is miserable. Thanks for the fun letter!
Response: You're welcome!

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mchesser12 on Sep 3, 2023:

for: ABC USA Letter D

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET on Sep 1, 2023:

Hello Happy September I hope you have a fun fall!!ABC USA ~ Letter D Mail Deadline: Sep 7, 2023

yvonne401 on Aug 9, 2023:

Welcome to Christian Swappers Group! It's great to have you here!



simcoe54 on Apr 16, 2023:

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

rarjones on Apr 4, 2023:

Happy April Birthday!

Rose - CF Group

Heirloom on Dec 24, 2022:

from USA Happy Mail

OrigamiGrace on Jun 14, 2022:

Just stopping by to say


From Cheap Postage Group:)

bluehairedmary on May 9, 2022:

Happy Monday from NYUP group!

rarjones on Apr 12, 2022:

CF Group - Rose

rarjones on Apr 2, 2021:

Happy April Birthday!!

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