You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." - Buddha
I'm a WFH administrative assistant and also cat sit before/after work. I LOVE cats. Crazy cat lady here. I have FIVE cats. They are my kids. They make life worth living!
-See ABC list below
-Animals in general. All of them! From spiders to bumblebees to octopi to jellyfish to cats to rhinos! I don't discriminate on all creatures great and small!
-Retro/Vintage (Example: Pin-Up Girls, Old Ads, etc.)
-Book Related (Covers, people reading, etc)
-I Love Lucy
-Sesame Street/Mr. Rogers/Vintage Children's, etc.
-Anne Taintor/Housewives From Hell/etc
-Classic Disney (Lion King, Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, etc.)
-Funny, Someecards, inappropriate, bizarre
-I love zazzle postcards, or homemade if they are well done! So even if the rules state no Zazzle/Homemade/etc. if you think I would like it and it's good quality, feel free to send!
-Honestly, I don't like tourist cards at all. UNLESS they are vintage/artsy types (Think Lantern Press or similar.) or places I like, see below. Even if I sign up for a tourist swap, it's to swap out some of mine, I won't mind if you send me non-tourist for a tourist swap!
If you have to send a tourist card, the ones I don't completely hate are:
-California (Especially LA, Beverly Hills or San Francisco)
-Branson, MO (My dad lived there) -Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Things I don't want/swap:
-Post-It Notes/Note Pad papers, etc. I have SO MANY
For items you may add into swaps (With cards or what not) See above for what I do not want use, here's the things I can always use:
- Again, anything cat related. Stickers, postcards, notecards, figurines, ANYTHING!
-Your fave recipes written on recipe cards -Blank recipe cards -Stickers! I love stickers! Just not planner ones/teacher rewards/cheap, junky ones
-Smashbook stuff/Journal Cards
-Return address Labels - Cute graphics are appreciated!
-Unused US stamps in any denomination!
-Anything having to do with "You Are My Sunshine" or "Amazing Grace" (Lyric art, etc) My dad loved those songs and the last song I ever sang with him before he passed was "You are my sunshine." so it holds a special place in my heart!
I sometimes join cat swaps, so if you are wanting or needing to get something for my cats, here is a little bio on them!
This love came to me in October 2015, her name is Tillie and she is my blind, calico beauty. She had her eyes removed after her rescue due to reversed lenses and major ocular pressure that caused her a lot of pain.
Her likes are:
-Paper Ball Toys
-Really any small toy she can carry or bat around
-Those colored balls with colored tinsel -- she is OBSESSED
-Freeze-Dried Chicken Treats. Literally the only treat she will eat.
Miss Pippi showed up in my yard when I got home from work and catsitting on September 30, 2016. I feed about 4 strays that come and go but they're all skittish and 'Pippi' walked right up to me. I brought her inside to keep her safe until an owner was found, except we gave it a week and nobody ever claimed her. She was vetted and chipped and determined to likely be homeless. She's very cuddly and friendly, and also a troublemaker. She thinks she's the alpha in the house and loves to tell her siblings that she's the boss.
-She LOVES very potent/strong-smelling catnip toys. Think the YEOWW! brand, or similar.
-Preferred treats are Whisker Lickins, Temptations or Friskies!
Once I lost my beloved Tortie Bella in December 2016, I decided my life was incomplete without a tortie in it. Those who have ever been blessed to love one will know exactly what I mean. So I asked my local animal rescue friends and turns out that Tillie's foster mom had this tortie, named Bella Knight. "Bella" was out on a farm and raised many litters of kittens, then was rescued and 'dried up' but at one point was introduced to some kittens and started producing milk again. I decided to name her Bea as an homage to my "Queen B--Bella." She's an absolute sweetheart, a chatter box and even wags her tail like a dog. She loves boxes and the early evening when the sun hits the crystal in the window and she can chase the rainbows.
-She loves any bouncy ball toy.
-Bea loves cat treats. She doesn't have a preference.
In April 2017, my mom decided to foster a group of 4 baby kittens. She bottle fed them for months and one of them was just not thriving. It was believed she wouldn't make it. I decided then and there, if she pulled through, I would adopt her. She got some fluids and ended up pulling through and of course I followed through on my promise and brought her home. She's now our little Penelope (Penny). She's got attitude, but we love her for it. She loves watching the birds and squirrels in the window and bugging mom while she's trying to eat.
-Her favorite toys are felt pompom balls and pipe cleaners. I shudder to think how many are currently under my fridge.
-She also loves any other type of ball/toy she can carry and bat around!
Meet my 5th kitty. I'm most definitely in crazy cat lady territory now, but I always said I had room for a blind kitty if one came along...and here he is...
Meet Hank. He came into a local rescue in early 2018, alone and battling a severe eye infection in both eyes. They tried so hard to save his eyes, but they were unsuccessful and he had surgery to remove them. He ended up in a foster home of a lady I catsit for on occasion and since she knew I had a blind cat, she contacted me for pointers. I went to meet him and it was a done deal after that. He's making great progress! When he went in to get fixed, found out he was cryptorchid so had surgery to fix that. In his short life, he's been diagnosed with Stomatitis and had to have surgery twice to remove teeth, he'll eventually have them all removed but are just taking them out as needed. And now we found out he has asthma, but he's been wonderful with his inhaler! This poor boy has had a rough start, with 4 surgeries before he was 2!, but he's so insanely happy and sweet and I LOVE him immensely.
-Hank loves to play with the 'ball on track' toys.
-He loves bouncy balls and this feathery bumblebee toy.
-For treats he seems to prefer Friskies!
In August of 2022, I saw a local post that someone was trying to rehome their 3 budgie parakeets, quickly. So I also have now added 3 birds to my home! I renamed them after the Golden Girls (Dorothy, Blanche and Rose). They're so cute and so much fun! Facebook.com/TheGoldenGirlBirds
It's always so fun when people have a nice ABC list of random things they like. I always try to skim it to see if I have a card that matches something random on their list. So here is my list!
A: Arrows, ASMR videos, Alpacas, Art, Aurora Borealis, Acrylic Painting, Abstract Paintings, Angel Cards, Affirmation Decks, Alice in Wonderland
B: Buddha, B&W Photos, Bright Bold Colors!, Birds, Buddha Doodles, Books, Baking, Bees
C: CATS, Cacti, Crystals, Cookbooks, Children's Books, Cursing, Cherry Blossom Trees, Cows
D: Ducks, Deer, Dala Horse, Dreamcatchers, Dateline
E: Elephants, Estate Sales, Enamel Pins, Etsy
F: Fox, Flowers, Feathers, Field Guide Books, Fall Foliage
G: Geese, Gnomes, Gold, Giraffes, Golden Girls, Grumpy Cat, Goats, Gratitudes, Greeting Cards
H: Hippos, Hamsters, Hedgehog, Hippie, Harry Potter, Hummingbirds, Handmade Soaps & Lip Balms
I: Incense, Iceland, Ireland
J: Jellyfish, Judge Judy, Journals
K: Katie Daisy, Kittens
L: Llamas, Lilacs, Leaves, Lucille Ball, Lions, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lip Balm
M: Mourning Doves, Mushrooms, Meditation, Mindfulness, Maneki Neko Cat, Moon Phases, Mary Poppins, Mugs, Mucha, Matisse, Mason Jars
N: Namaste, New Age, Nesting Dolls, Narwhal, Native American Photography
O: Octopus, Olympics, Old Photos, Owls
P: Positivity, Palo Santo, Painting, Photography, Potted Plants, Pinterest, Pioneer Woman, Podcasts, Pineapples, Pigs, Pippi Longstocking, Poppies, Pinterest, Postage Stamps, Porcupines
Q: The Letter Q!!! Since my last name is Quincey, I collect Q's.
R: Reiki, Rhinos, Recipes, Recipe Cards, Rainbows, Real Housewives of OC & BH
S: Succulents, Squirrels, Snails, Stickers, sloths Swedish Gnomes, slime, someecards, Smudging, Serenity Prayer, Sheep
T: Trees, Tomte, Tapestries, Tumblr, Trader Joes, Thrifting, Typography, Typewriters, Target
V: Vintage Cookbooks, Vintage Native/American Indian Photos, Veronica Mars
W: Whales, Watercolors, Warhol, Washi, Wildflowers, Wishbones, Willie Nelson, Witches, Wizard of Oz, Wildflowers
X: X sucks. Go away.
Y: "You Are My Sunshine"
Z: Zen, Zazzle!
Other: 11:11, (the) 1920's
Another thing I would love is handwritten recipes from people! I love fun recipe cards and have a recipe box. I don't have old recipes from family, so am attempting to create my own.
If you want to send me a handwritten recipe with a swap, here are some likes and dislikes!
Absolutely do not eat:
-Beef (but can substitute ground turkey for recipes)
-Onions (but can easily omit in most things!)
-I am diabetic, so try to limit my carbs and sweets, but I also LOVE carbs and sweets, so will welcome those recipes!
Things I love:
-Again, carbs/sweets, to my detriment!
-KETO versions of things
-I do eat some poultry (chicken/turkey) and love fish (LOVE Shrimp)! but I have dabbled in Vegetarian, as I'm really not a huge fan of meat. -Desserts.... I LOVE trying new desserts
-I'm not very experimental, I like to keep things simple and not a lot of ingredients! I'm also very busy, so I love things that are quick and easy or that I can prep ahead and throw in the oven after a long day!
I have an Instapot and AirFryer and always looking for new ways to utilize both!
If you sent me a swap and haven't seen a rating yet, please don't hound/message me.
I work 60-80 hours a week. Sometimes I don't get to ratings right away and will do it in one group once or twice a week. I don't just rate a 1 without messaging first, so if I notice it's been a while and the swap hasn't arrived, I will message you and let you know. If then I don't hear back, I will then rate accordingly.
But I always rate, just not every single day.
9/2022: Thanks to all who have reached out and shared your similar issues with these swappers/groups. What a joke that people have to take a SNAIL MAIL HOBBY to this level of drama. So thankful that I don't live my life that way!
7/2022: I want to say my piece on this ridiculous drama that occurred this summer. Because you don't piss of a scorpio and let people get away with doing the wrong thing. :)
As you can see I am very active on SB. My favorite part is picking out postcards that fit people's interests from their profile and throwing in extra goodies if I can. My life is extremely busy. I have 2 jobs, one a FT job and one is my business on the side. Mail is my one thing that helps me wind down and relax and I have enjoyed being here for years.
I've also joined and been invited to join many groups. One of them was the What's In Your Mailbox (WIYM) group. I was even in the Admin group, though I didn't partake in any extra duties, just regularly signed up for swaps (as, again, you could see from my many WIYM ratings.) For some reason a few weeks ago, the user "Lou" decided she wanted to start some petty drama. She had messaged me re: a swap and I had missed one thing in it. The swap had you send notecards but you were also supposed to write a prompt, I totally forgot it. I responded quickly and there were a few back and forth messages, but she had this attitude with me from the get-go. I brushed it off and ended up sending them ANOTHER 5 notecards, so at this point they've received 10, and this time made sure to include the note required. They then left me a rating but, again, gave attitude in it, and I was confused by it because they made it seem I forgot something again. So I reached out inquiring and then got messages back, including a nasty one asking me why I don't seem to ever give hearts in my ratings. I sat on it and then responded back saying that it wasn't a requirement and frankly it was none of their business why I do/don't give hearts. I usually only give hearts if I LOVE the swap/card. If I know they took time to see what I like and decorated it special... but either way, it's not the end of the world if I do or don't! So then I took a week off of SB because it really took the fun out of it for me. I was always VERY respectable (I have all of the screenshots and despite getting attitude, I didn't go off like I would've wanted to.)
When I returned to SB after my short hiatus, life was busy anyway, I noticed I was now kicked out of the WIYM group. That Lou is a part of. They had also removed the rating they gave for the swap. I went to the group page to see if I had broken any rules and even reached out to the founder and got no response. Funny enough, it's against rules to NOT rate, and I quote a "zero tolerance policy,' apparently it doesn't apply to their friends; which is exactly what Lou did, by removing the rating. Again, after I sent them 10 notecards, when only 5 were required. Nobody confronted me regarding any problems, ever.
THEN to top it all off, another member of the group "1koolkrafter" had reached out previously regarding a swap that didn't arrive. That happens, I send out some that don't get delivered and some people send to me that don't arrive. ANYONE knows that sometimes the USPS has issues. So I resent, as I always do in these situations. They received the swap, clearly, and RATED ME A 3!!!! As you can see this is another WIYM swap, which goes to show this group is full of petty drama and sad people. I let the host know, who is also a WIYM founder (thriftymermaid) and they didn't do a thing. It's disappointing and ridiculous that this is how they conduct themselves. But I decided to not let them take away my hobby I've had since I was a little girl, snail mail, and I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. I've blocked the members, that I know of, of this BS and hope to never see them in a swap again!!
So just wanted to share as I know some people have reached out and thank you for the support! Just a warning if you're in the group, they're not nice people. And even crazier, they're not nice ABOUT SNAIL MAIL. Lawd have mercy.
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