Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2024 1:33 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: February 24, 2024

Country: United States
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About Me

Yay Vegan! Being vegan is the best and most important thing about me! I love being vegan!

I'm a reader: science fiction, animal fiction, mainstream, and random non-fiction: mostly science and nature, and some autobiographies.

I keep a paper journal. And a blog, occasionally.

I'm a photographer and I print my photos up as postcards.

I enjoy art in many forms. Mail Art is awesome... And I especially love handmade cards and postcards!

Favorite Crafts

∞ Photography My focus is urban wildlife. I go for walks every weekend and take pictures of nature; I love trees, birds, flowers and any kinds of animals that I find, including a wide variety of bugs! Photography is definitely my passion, and I love sharing my photos with the world as postcards...

∞ Postcards I've been involved in a (5 card) monthly postcard exchange since July 2008. It's mostly defunct, but it got me started! Now I send out 100 to 150 postcards every month! I use desktop publishing software to turn my photos into postcards, which I print at home on a (very temperamental) high-end printer.

∞ Gardening I'm a terrible gardener, but I still end up with more cherry tomatoes than I can eat! I'm mostly there for the photo opportunities. ;)

∞ Drawing I started a daily drawing project at the end of 2019, and I'm still at it now in 2021! For the most part, I sketch birds or animals in pencil on ATC sized paper. I'm not sure I'm getting any better, but I'm proud of my collection!

∞ Rarely: Crochet, Book Making, Making Bookmarks

Fav TV and Movies

I don't watch much tv, but there are a few shows I like... Doctor Who (I love the new, but it all started with the old!), and I'll watch Firefly over and over!

Movies: Legend (the one with Unicorns!), LadyHawke, The NeverEnding Story, Ever After, The Secret Life of Pets, Serenity


∞ 2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

∞ 2021 It's taken a while to figure out who this year's critter is, but the Raccoons have definitely made an appearance in my l life!! 🦝🦝 It has been years since I've seen raccoons down at the little creek. But now we have a family of 4 kids (or 5?) who hang out near their den about 1/2 mile away. and there's a pair with one partner missing a tail (??!) And then there's just random sightings, not sure who they are, except they make me happy! :)

∞ 2020 Last year was my Year of the Lady Bug... and this year, seems to be the Year of the Roly-Poly! (also called Pill Bugs!) When they sense danger, they roll up into a sphere... if only humans could do that. Instead we are stuck with masks and social distancing!

∞ 2019 🐞 I keep coming across Lady Bugs! They are a symbol of good luck, and I need it. :)

∞ Postcards and Notecards I'd love to receive nature, animals or art. But I'm not picky! I just like to get mail: send me anything, and then write something interesting in the text block! :) Also love handmade postcards and cards!

∞ Other than Nature and Animals, I am also interested in * Ocean themes * Skies, Clouds and Rainbows * Astronomy, Star Gazing and Outer Space themes

∞ Animals I truly love all animals, even bugs, but here are a few of my most favorite! Bumble Bees & Beetles, Chickens & Turkeys, Crows, Dolphins, Elephants, Equines, Foxes, Frogs, Guinea Pigs, Humpback Whales, Mice & Rats, Octopuses, Raccoons, Sea Horses, Squirrels!

Favorite Books

Oh my gosh, I love to read! I also love to buy books, both dead-tree books and Kindle books! I tend to buy more than I have time to read. The words I live by: I can't die until I've read all my books! ;)

I enjoy reading science fiction, but lately I'm reading a lot of non-fiction. I love to read about nature and animals. And also an autobiography here and there.

Favorites in Random Order:

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Series
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Ancillary Justice and the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie
  • Anything by James Tiptree, Jr
  • I think To Kill A Mockingbird is the perfect novel
  • I seek out winners of the Burroughs Medal (nature writing), the Tiptree Award (gender identity), and occasionally Hugo and Nebula winners.
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men This is such an important and informative book, I think Everyone should read it! And fortunately there's an easy solution to all the problems listed... more women in leadership positions, and more men Listening to women!
  • 2021 addition... Murderbot!!!

Someday, I'd Like to TRY...

crochet amigurumi

stamp carving

drawing and colouring my own postcards

I β™₯ Swap-Bot

Yay, Mailbox Joy! I love to create and send mail! I enjoy sharing my nature photography as postcards and notecards. I like to read profiles and figure out what I have that will make my mailing partner happy. I enjoy challenging myself occasionally with different kinds of swaps.

∞ 500 Swaps!

500 Swaps completed on 28 April 2019

750 Swaps on 30 August 2021

∞ 1000 Swaps!

1000 Swaps completed on 30 January 2024 with an email swap for bird photos! How appropriate!

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 1000!!

∞ Hosting

All of the swaps I create are International and Newbie Friendly. Both of these things are important to me, and I'm especially passionate about International swaps.


Lexa1985 rated for Envelopes and Washi swap INTL #2 on Feb 24, 2024
Comment: Dear Rift, thank you very much for the great envies! Loved them both! Have a great day! Best wishes - Alexandra :)
funstuff rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #381 on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful weekend note card. I love that you made it yourself. And the extra pics with added information. I love the stamp too. I've not seen it before. Your photos beautiful.
LadyJo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #380 on Feb 22, 2024
Comment: I was so excited to read your beautiful note! I just love this of the sunflowers and the squirrel! Beautiful! Thanks for the lovely note and oh this photos I will cherish as well! They will go into my keepsake book! I am loving these swaps again! I just get nervous I will forget to send! Look forward to maybe getting a swap again from you!
Honeybee203 rated for Envelopes and Washi swap INTL #2 on Feb 20, 2024
Comment: Ty beautiful envies and washi
spinweaver rated for SPCP: Birds on Feb 16, 2024
Comment: Lovely photos!!! Thank you, I'd love to see more
kiyasu rated for Email Accountability Swap 2024 #3 on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: Thanks for sharing your update! Still sounds like a lot got done. I will also eventually get to my writing projects...
heliogal rated for Flower Power 2024 #1 International on Feb 15, 2024
Comment: Wow!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous handmade photography card with me!! I loved seeing that amazing metallic bee like a jewel, right?! The chicory is lovely too, we don't really have here much. I always remember this line from a book after a storm at night-" The morning dawned, blue as chicory."
MelissaLB rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #379 on Feb 11, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fun letter. I love the bird pictures and notes. You are the second person to recommend Good Omens so I may give it a try. Interesting that it stays true to the book.
Tr3n1ty rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #378 on Feb 5, 2024
Comment: Thank you :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing with me!
Catt007 rated for SPCP: Birds on Jan 31, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the fab pics, I love Raptors and I have taken a lot of photographs of them, in the wild they are had to photograph. We get a lot of Red Kites and Hawks locally but not many others.
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #377 on Jan 27, 2024
Comment: Yay! I love having you for a partner! Your writing is fun to read. I'm always disappointed when people don't write anything in their swaps but I know I can always count on good writings from you. And I always enjoy the photos that you send. I hope Eugene is settling down and cleaning up from the ice storms. They are scary and something that you can't really prepare for. Thank you for making my day much brighter on this rainy day!
nanadiana rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #376 on Jan 23, 2024
Comment: Thank you so very much for your warm note sharing your cold/icy weekend and the beautiful bird pictures. Poor cold little creatures! I grew up in MT so can relate to your family in CO. And I've been in the PNW for over 30 years so can relate to dealing with the surprise snow/ice here. We didn't have the ice that you had this time, just a bit of snow and the temps so that the roads were icy in spots. I'm glad that you are thawed out and everything is back to normal. :) Till next time!
Comment: Good job! I love your spreadsheet/doc thingy!
Comment: This was the best nothing I have ever received! 🀣
Tr3n1ty rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #375 on Jan 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecard and photos!
SFTX rated for National Nothing Day - January 16 on Jan 13, 2024
Comment: Thanks for nothing! πŸ˜‚
spacefoxsupreme rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #373 on Dec 29, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your card, and it reached me quite quickly too! Ducks are hilarious, they will just accept anything that has a bit of water as a pond. I also have a photo from our floods this spring where the water created a puddle on the lawn and ducks started to appear!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #374 on Dec 21, 2023
Comment: Have a fabulous trip and wonderful holiday break!
MamaKek rated for Email Accountability Swap #23 on Dec 15, 2023
Comment: Great job getting your stuff done and being organized to travel! I hope you’ve enjoyed your family visit!

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MamaKek on Dec 18, 2023:

You are just the absolute sweetest ☺️ Thank you so much for my surprise postcard in the mail today. I hope you have an amazing holiday season. ❀️ Beth

Fullsteampowell on Aug 16, 2023:

Thankee for the bonus Postcard Roulette card! It was a nice surprise.

ensigncelery on Aug 11, 2023:

This squirrel postcard you sent is SO cute! I don't think I've ever gotten close enough to a squirrel to appreciate how pretty their coloration can be. The Eastern Fox Squirrel you chose is really beautiful. What a lovely red tummy! πŸ’œ Thank you for choosing me as a surprise partner for the postcard roulette!

veronicallama on Aug 3, 2023:

Thanks so much, rift, for the beautiful photo postcard (wooden bridge amidst leafiness). So kind of you!

Aleesha on Aug 3, 2023:

Thank you for the surprise bonus pc from the July PC Roulette swap! Is that your own dragonfly photo? It’s an awesome photo.

Leekoba on Jul 30, 2023:

Thank you for the lovely postcard for the PC Roulette July 2023! The kitty is so pretty!

explore on May 5, 2023:

Rift, thank you for the surprise postcard! I still send RAKs on swap-bot, just no more swaps or ratings. I have joined many handmade card swaps on FB which is a lot of fun. I am making stickers too for the new groups πŸ˜‰

explore on Apr 15, 2023:

Rift, thank you for taking the time to send me a thank you postcard - first one I have received so far πŸ˜‰. Have a wonderful April!

nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

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