Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2022 9:15 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: January 22, 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


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.


HappyMom rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #277 on Jan 6, 2022
Comment: Hi Rift! Your card was among the big mail delivery we finally received after the holidays and 2 snow days! I was so happy to hear from you, and as always, I love seeing your amazing photos. Here's to lots of health, happiness and happy mail in the year ahead!
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #7 on Jan 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you.
Smsands2 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #275 on Jan 3, 2022
Comment: I thoroughly enjoyed the notecard accompanied by all those lovely pictures :)
aspens rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #276 on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Aw, Rift! What a lovely piece of mail. Firstly just wanna thank you for writing so much--sometimes I get disappointed with how minimal swaps are, but I really enjoyed reading about your weekend. I have a complete lack of a green thumb so it was nice reading about how much you nurture your part of the community garden! And I had never heard of the Write for Rights campaign--sounds like something a lot of us would be interested in! Stay warm and dry out on that bike path! OH, and ALSO! You have a real talent for photography! I thought those were professional postcards you included! Thanks so much for sharing your work with me. Have a healthy and happy holiday season, and nothing but joy and success in 2022. <3
megan1230 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #274 on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Always so lovely to receive a card and pictures from you! I hope you win awards and prizes for your beautiful pics!
kittyfun rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #264 on Dec 17, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your letter and the pictures of the birds! So lovely. Sorry for rating so late.
Comment: Got it
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #2 on Dec 10, 2021
annim rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #4 on Dec 7, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Lovely pictures. :)
ericabella rated for TGIF EMAIL #5 on Dec 6, 2021
Comment: Hi! I enjoy your emails so much. I also enjoy getting your postcards. You take wonderful pictures! Ciao.
Comment: Wow, thank you SO much for the Cardinal card and I LOVE that you even added a Cardinal stamp. Going into my Junk journal :D <3
ghek rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #4 on Dec 4, 2021
ericabella rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #4 on Nov 29, 2021
Comment: Hi Rift! It's always great to hear from you. I love that picture of the little brown bird. What a cutie!
crtsjffrsn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #273 on Nov 28, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the awesome card and the photos!! Glad to hear your knee is doing better!
ericabella rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #3 on Nov 23, 2021
Comment: It's always great to hear from you!
MzNaviG rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #3 on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: It was a delight reading your email. It’s great that your knee is doing much better! Good luck with your cases for Amnesty International!
Owl9 rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #3 on Nov 22, 2021
VyvyanWormwood rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #2 on Nov 19, 2021
MeetSarah87 rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #2 on Nov 16, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the interesting swap. I have enjoyed reading about your weekend. We also have guinea pigs . And I also love going out for a photo hunt.

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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. 🤗

KarenFife on Jul 28, 2020:

Thank you for the surprise mail for Postcard Roulette! I absolutely love the bench photo made into a postcard. I MUST learn to do that! Any tips would be forever appreciated! Thanks for sharing your lovely work📷 with me.😍

myancey on Jul 27, 2020:

Thanks for the unassigned pic roulette chunk. I really appreciate it and I love the pc u cHose to send have a good day. And no have never read that book

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