Swap-bot Time: December 5, 2021 3:26 am


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: December 4, 2021

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 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

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.


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.
colorfizz rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #271 on Nov 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the delightful card and photos. Sounds like my kind of weekend! I read the first Murderbot earlier this year but haven't picked up the next, adding to my goodreads list now. Good luck with the tomatoes, I'm sure they'll ripen n no time =)
LizFinn rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #1 on Nov 13, 2021
Comment: I loved your email! Looked like a newsletter which I'm sure you're experienced with. I had to resort to a PDF because my email kept adding pics as attachments, argh! Loved the pictures.
Lilyhax rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #1 on Nov 10, 2021
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: I am the queen of to do lists, but I also forget to look them too
tatntole rated for TGIF Weekend EMAIL #1 on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you
LizFinn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #269 on Nov 7, 2021
Comment: Loved the pics. I have a friend up in Jacksonville who loves taking bird pictures. I used one of her Blue Herons to watercolor. I'll have to find that pic and send it to you.
crtsjffrsn rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #270 on Nov 4, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the card and the photos!
SkaGirl rated for PC-Msg Template #2 on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you!!! :)
kelliegirl6 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #268 on Oct 21, 2021
Comment: Hey! Thank you for the pretty flower card! I have not heard of Wooly Bears, but Iooked them up & they're cute. We have evil stinging ones! The birds are adorable & again, never saw any of these before. Loved the descriptions you wrote. :) Send some cooler weather here...we're still mid 80s!
XoStarfieldXo rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #267 on Oct 20, 2021
Comment: This was such a beautiful card and breathtaking photos! I love taking walks and observing nature and wildlife. It was such an immersive letter, I felt like I was right there! Thank you!
Comment: Politics is such a political thing..... how did it taste after cooking it in the Insta-Pot?
Comment: I would rate you, but I am too busy being political. LOL. Fun swap.

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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. πŸ€—

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 workπŸ“· 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

MisplacedfromPA on Jul 27, 2020:

Thank you for the bluebird post card for an unassigned partner in the July PC Roulette. One of our past times is watching the backyard birds. Happy to see you can enjoy some new "neighbors" too.

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