Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2022 7:56 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: August 13, 2022

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 ♥ 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

Whee! And I can't wait for the next 500!!

∞ 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.


Comment: My apologies for the late rating, but I really enjoyed your swap. Thanks for sharing your picture of the hummingbird feeding her baby. That was amazing! I’ve never seen a hummingbird nest before. “Purple Hibiscus” is on my TBR. I really enjoyed “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun.” Like you, I enjoy reading about other cultures and Adichie is a wonderful storyteller.
CAMedford rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #307 on Aug 12, 2022
Comment: It is always nice to hear from you. Thank you for the lovely card and photographs! The baby barn swallows are adorable!!
spacefoxsupreme rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #306 on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: This card was so fast! Thanks for telling me about your gardening weekend and the photos you included. I don't know that science fiction magazine, there's a different story to my username :D Stay cool!
Comment: I read The Dispossessed and Left Hand of Darkness many ages ago, too. They were formative, so unlike the other sci fi I was reading. Thanks for the note; the fox will be on the next leg of its journey soon.
colleenbUSA rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #14 on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Ugh! Try to sleep with an ice pack. I hate the heat too and we have a little ac in the living room, but we have to use it as our medications make us especially likely to suffer heat stroke, but I can't get my room as cool as I'd like. Oh, well. climate change stinks! Good job on your list! Especially outside stuff in the heat!
lob rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #14 on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: I totally understand about the heat and not being able to get things done. We don't have ac either in our modern apartment. Ugh!
Comment: Thanks for the book recommendation for The Best American Science and Nature Writing. Your postcard will be on its way forward next round.
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #304 on Jul 22, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the photos!
mchesser12 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #302 on Jul 18, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the note and sharing about your weekend. Congrats on getting the garden completed. Sad about the ducks! Hopefully the remaining few will multiply. Thanks for the pictures and sharing about each.
ahywka rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #13 on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sharing :) I'm glad it worked so well for you :) For me actually as well ;-)
03Scarlett rated for E-mail Accountability Swap #13 on Jul 16, 2022
Comment: Wow, you DID get a lot done ... way to go! I maybe got about 1/2 of my list done but oh well, progress IS progress, right?! lol Keep up the good work, friend! 🌹🌹
Comment: It's going into the next round. I do hope the Russian partner is fine.
KrystalCook84 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #280 on Jul 7, 2022
Comment: Hey - got the resend of this. Thank you :) I cannot remember who owes whom a letter LOL.
CAMedford rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #301 on Jul 2, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much! I love your photos. I really need to get some of mine printed.
lrm1980 rated for Flower Power, the 2022 Edition #4 on Jun 27, 2022
Comment: I love the rainbow-y tulip photo! It makes such a lovely notecard, and I really enjoyed reading your note. Thank you!
Candace rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #300 on Jun 26, 2022
Comment: The hot cocoa photo is amazing!
Comment: Hi Rift, Your card is beautiful and so is your drawing! Thanks for the lesson, I like learning new things LOL. Sorry I don't do any gardening, I don't have the patience, but do love all the goodies from my friends gardens. Good thing they love to share, which I am certain you do too. Good luck on the squash. Have a great summer, Luisa
rsj244 rated for Flower PC Swap R3 on Jun 18, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful photo you took for this postcard! Love these flowers so much! Thank you for joining my swap. I hope we can again soon. ✌🏼💜😊
Comment: Love swapping with you!

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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. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

MarHelene on Jan 7, 2022:

Thank you fro being my angel for the TGIF Nc #265. I LOVE the pictures, especially the hawk!

concxrde on Oct 17, 2021:

Thank you SO much for angeling TGIF #258! I absolutely adored the photos you sent (especially the raccoon graffiti, so cool!), it seems like you managed to have a gorgeous weekend in nature. Receiving your note really made my day :)

katjalves on Aug 18, 2021:

Thank you for the extra card! Things have been so crazy. But love reading about your bird adventures. Hoping to write back soon.

VAgardengirlgirl on Oct 6, 2020:

Re:creepy Crawlies As a gardener, I see interesting creatures on a regular basis. I’m happy to be able to share! Thanks for the swap!

knitterofhats on Aug 22, 2020:

Thanks so much for angeling TGIF #196 when my partner flaked on me. I loved the bluebird of happiness card, lovely pics and description of your hike and garden. Be well friend!

ayahsantos on Aug 17, 2020:

Thank you so much for the extra postcard from PC Roulette July 2020! Take Care always!!

KaliOya on Aug 11, 2020:

Thank you for the extra postcard you sent me for the PC Roulette July 2020. So impressed that you took this photo yourself! Catching such fast flyers is not easy task. I recently got a fairly good shot of a dragonfly. But not as spectacular as this shot of yours! Big fan of bees...and their honey:) We need them so much. Yellow Jackets too...they are perfectly created.

stephiedee on Aug 1, 2020:

I'm happy you really enjoyed the ATC RAK. Thank you for the special postcard - it did brighten my day...and I think it's a keeper for my 'favorite things' gluebook. 🤗

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