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USAFwife

USAFwife
Date Joined: February 3, 2010
Last Online: September 28, 2023
Birthday: January 21
Country: United States

Likes & Dislikes, holidays

Updated & current as of Sept 25, 2023

Please no owls! I am very scared of owls in all forms, and wish to not receive owl images. If you send owls - I will not give a heart. Yeah, it's that big of a deal for me.

My name is spelled Cindi not 'Cindy' - just like on my address. If you spell my name wrong, no matter what you are sending, you will not get a heart. Yeah - it's that much of a thing for me and I don't think it's too much to ask.

Sept 2023 - It's fall, and I've found myself 'back to school' for an Accounting degree. I won't have as much free time, but I'm still here if you need something! Just send me a PM - I always see those!

I would rather not receive random 'extras' or tuck ins. If you would like to add something extra to a swap, feel free to recommend a book, podcast, or write a personal note. :) I'm a letter loving nerd, and always appreciate a personal note. :)

ABC's of my likes, interests & preferences

A - astronomy, Animaniacs, Addams Family (TV show esp and original cartoons), Agatha Christie, audiobooks, American history, (US) Air Force, Aggretsuko, Angela Lansbury

B - Books, Buddhism, Buddhist Bootcamp, blue things, bullet journals, "Boredwalk" store (love their Grievance Journal!!), Barbie dolls (stickers, stationery), Betty White, Bea Arthur

C - COFFEE, cats, Charles Addams, cemeteries/grave yards, crystal balls, A Christmas Carol by Dickens (& all the movies - all of them), Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), comedy/comedians, cooking (most of the time!), Clue (movie & board game), celestial images

D - Disney (esp Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Haunted Mansion, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Brother Bear, and the Villain's - esp Malcifient & Evil Queen/crone from Snow White, Hades.), David Tennant (actor), documentaries, Dark Shadows (esp the OLD 1960's soap opera), Dracula (the book)

E - Edward Gorey/Charles Addams/The Addams Family, ancient Egypt/pyramids

F - fall/autumn, Fairy Tales & Folklore (such as Grimm Brother's), Family history, frogs, Friendship Books, fountain pens, Faithfully Religionless, frogs (stickers, cards, washi - to send to my son), Flying Spaghetti Monster

G - Garfield!!, Ghosts/stories, giraffes, Golden Age Detectives (Agatha Christie), Golden Girls, Goddesses/Gods, Greek mythology, Grinch (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), GRIEVANCE JOURNAL, Gautama (the lazy egg), GI Joe (12 inch size figures)

H - History (local, family, US/pioneer), handmade (willing to accept handmade cards even if the swap doesn't call for it), hamsters, haunted houses/abandoned buildings, holiday customs & traditions from other countries, History Goes Bump (podcast), The Haunting (book, movie and TV series),

I - Iceland, Imagine Dragons (music group), Inspector Lynley (TV series), InCoWriMo

J - journals (buying, at least, if not actually using)

K - Keys! (decorative like skeleton keys or on washi, stickers, etc), Krampus, Knives Out (movie)

L - llamas, libraries, Lore (podcast, show, books), letters & challenges, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little Golden Books, Laurel Burch (artist), Luna/lunar anything (moon)

M - moon & stars, moon phases, Muppets/Sesame Street, Movies, Monstrum/Storied on PBS, The Monkees (since I was 3!!), mythology, Midsommer Murders (TV series), Murder She Wrote (TV series), The Mummy (1999), mysteries, Mildred D Taylor, Mental health awareness, Magpie Journals

N - Nightmare Before Christmas, Nathaniel Parker (actor & voice actor), National Geographic, Northern Exposure (TV series), (US) Navy, notebook pals

O - ouija boards

P - Paranormal, Paganism, podcasts, Pepsi, pen pals, pens, purple ink pens, personal notes, Percy Jackson series, Poirot (TV series & book character series), printables (stationery, journal pages, etc.), playing cards, Pink Panther, Peanuts/Snoopy

Q - quick mail?, quiche, quotes

R - rainbows, Rocky & Bullwinkle (original only), Robert Downey Jr (actor), recipes, Rose Red/Ellen Rimbauer (TV movie series), Rick Riordan (author, and Presents line), rubber stamps, reading, Ravens (the bird, not the sports team)

S - stars, sloths, Scooby Doo (esp from 1960's- 70's), Supernatural (TV show - fave characters are Dean and Crowley, Charlie), Sesame Street, Simon's cat, Spiritualism, Salem Witch Trials, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, stickers, stationery, silver anything, Sherlock, Sleepy Hollow (book, TV show & movies), Shedunit Show (podcast), (postage) stamps - new, Snoopy/Peanuts, anything spooky, The Sims (daughter plays), Starbucks/gift cards

T - Tarot cards (happy to receive stray tarot cards), trees/woods, Tiny Toons, Tim Holtz & similar, Tim Burton, Travel Channel (esp Josh Gates shows), 10 Things I Hate About You (movie), tarot readings (feel free to do one for me!), Timber Hawkeye,

U - Unicorns, used books

V - Vintage Social Media (snail mail!!), Vintage Text Messages (short notes in cards just to say hi)

W - Wicca & Witchcraft, Write On Challenge, washi tape

X - x-ray images, x-slips (exchange slips)

Y - Yule, Yule Cat, Yule Lads

Z - Ziggy, zentangle

1980's & 1990's - music, popular movies, Lisa Frank, etc. (Can't believe it's 'vintage' now!)

Dislikes

Anything with cigarette smoke Or ANY smoke smell or other strong smells - it triggers migraines, and I throw it all in the trash.

Not a fan of 'God Bless America' themed items or flag items. Rather not receive items with scriptures or Christian themed items.

Not interested in Christian themed items/pictures/verses. If I want to be saved or have questions, I promise I'll contact YOU.

Please no alcohol related items such as 'wine time' stickers or alcoholic drink recipes, martini glass stickers, etc. (I'm an Adult Child of Alcoholics, and these things are actually offensive to me.)

Not really a fan of stamps, postcards or washi samples (unless it's for a swap)

About Me

I've been a letter writer and a snail mailer for all of my life! I started swapping by snail mail in the late 1980's, but I wrote to family members before that. Snail mail is one of the few constants in my life. I enjoy swap-bot, and am happy to receive a message from you, But give me a chance to reply - it might take a few days.

I'm 47 years old , married 28 years this year, a mom to 3 (18 & older now! ) and really am a USAF wife. (USAF = United States Air Force). And now, I'm a VERY proud momma of a US Navy Sailor!

I'm not Christian, but am 'Faithfully Religionless'. (Click to link to see what I mean. This is a book title, one of my very favorites) :) I have read about and participated in Wiccan celebrations, and enjoy reading about Buddhism. I sometimes miss the old traditions of the Lutheran services I used to attend, but that's not where my beliefs are.

I deal with anxiety, migraines and depression, and it sucks. I'm also an Adult Child of Alcoholics. My children have varying levels of "special needs", including anxiety, Autism spectrum, and TBI. I'm a 'caregiver' for those who need it, and it is exhausting most days. I'm not looking for drama, I have enough of it in my daily life, thanks.

We have 2 cats, both rescues that have traveled the country with us.

I hate Facebook. I do have an account, and I remember to check it once in a while, when I have to. I'm fully anti-social media.

Favorite Books

SOME favorite books: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón; The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor; Faithfully Religionless by Timber Hawkeye Duma Key by Stephen King; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens;

Ratings, hearts & late

I rate as soon as I open the swap. If I can't rate right away, I hold off opening the mail until I can rate. I do believe in giving hearts, even for e-mail swaps. The amount of time you put in is what earns a heart, and am a believer that email swaps can earn hearts as well.

If you're going to be late, just tell me. It's ok. I am more annoyed with a lack of communication than I am about being a few days late (or whatever) in sending a swap. If you send late and don't communicate with me I WILL rate you down! And, no, I won't consider changing the rating! Just communicate! It makes everything easier!

holidays & cards

Holiday card swaps I'm not Christian and do not celebrate that aspect of a holiday, so I prefer seasonal images to holiday related ones.
If you want to make a holiday card 'spooky' - go for it! Not really a fan of Santa, heart shapes (though anatomical hearts are fine!), crosses, etc ...

If you hand-make cards, I am very happy to receive those in place for a store bought card.

wish lists

If I'm in a swap for sending items from wish lists, please check these links:

Amazon wish list -- feel free to choose the 'used' option if one exists. I don't mind if a gift is not in the original packaging.

Etsy wish list

Ratings

bestdayever rated for Any PC Hello - USA #4 on Sep 27, 2023
5
rating
 
jay9 rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 27, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank You for the postcard and the giggle, 😄
CajunLady rated for G: Halloween movie suggestions on Sep 26, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you!
Fabriqueen rated for Postalette / Fold N Seal Swap #5 on Sep 25, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful postalette! I do want to see the new Indiana Jones movie. I loved all of them - well, the second one where they ate brains made me a little queasy, but I survived. LOL! As far as I know I have read all of Debbie Macomber's books. She's one of my favorite authors. I'm sorry for the late rate. I found several letters that had gotten lost amongst some paperwork. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
monsbrick rated for R&W: Cookbook experiences on Sep 24, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Hi Cindi, thank you for sharing recipes and info on this cookbook. Some of your family cooking styles parallel with mine. I love ketchup too and tomato based sauces. The challenge is my husband is prefers mustard styles and we tailor our eating to be able to tweak both ways. It makes it Interesting of course I don’t like mustard. Ha ha so your recipes are great for my preferences.
Response: I"m fine with pasta/tomato sauce or BBQ sauce, but I can't stand ketchup or mustard at all. Even the smell makes me ill. :( Not a huge fan of sauces in general, though. I'm quite the picky eater!! :) Thanks for the heart .
MsBellaDonna rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 22, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you! :)
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart :)
Swapmli rated for Letter To 2 Partners #15 on Sep 22, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter and stickers! We have been paired before, and it was nice to hear from you again! :)
Response: I used to be able to remember the names of all the people I swapped with, but I'm not as sure anymore. I guess I'm getting older! haha Thanks for the heart :)
di53 rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 22, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the great hall postcard. It sure is elegant!
Response: Thanks for rating :)
TrishaLSmith rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard from Frozen.
Response: Thank you for the rating and heart :)
Fuchsi rated for G: Campfire stories on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Hello and thank you very much for this wonderful swap! ^-^ I got just back from a vacation in Sweden and found my mailbox filled with many great things and your swap was among them, with wonderful scary stories. Thanky a lot for this! ^.^ And have a great spooky season with lots of swaps. Yours, Maxi
Response: Oh, I hope you had an amazing trip! Thanks for the heart!
shinyserra rated for Postalette / Fold N Seal Swap #12 on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the cute postalette! I hope you find an answer to your sinus issue!!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
ayahsantos rated for Letter To 2 Partners #14 on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you so much Cindi! Take Care!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
shinyserra rated for Use It Up Letter #5 on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for the letter as always. I like all the stationery you used. Mini meatloaves sound really good! Although maybe not if it was so hot out haha. Take care.
Response: Everyone else liked the meatloaf - not my favorite food, but at least it cooked fast. But it was too hot! haha Thanks for the heart
octobereve930 rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 21, 2023
5
rating
Comment: thank you very much 9/21
Response: Thanks for the heart
denisedecker58 rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 20, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Loved the postcard and the Bach joke!
Response: I laughed a little too hard when I found that one. :) Thanks for the heart :)
5
rating
Comment: Enjoyed your letter, the enclosures and the cute paper you wrote on!
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
denisedecker58 rated for Letter To 2 Partners #15 on Sep 20, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Enjoyed your letter as always Cindi and I have one coming your way too! Loved your black cat paper and the stickers you enclosed. Thank you!
Response: We do seem to keep the mailcarriers busy this summer! Thanks for the heart :)
Maddashin rated for Any PC Hello #6 on Sep 20, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thanks 🙏 Hearts 🥰
Response: Thanks for the heart :)
walla2kitty rated for Letter To 2 Partners USA #3 on Sep 20, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Letter in the mail to you!
Response: Thanks for the heart!
LilacSilence rated for R&W What I've read snail mail on Sep 19, 2023
5
rating
Comment: Thank you for sharing your reads with me. I love Howl's Moving Castle (I prefer the book) and I hesitated a long time before starting the 2nd in the series (Castle in the Air), but it was good, too. Now I am curious about the 3rd - House of Many Ways.
Response: I saw the movie several years before I read the book, so I didn't compare the two - and I did like the book a lot better. Though the artwork in the movie is pretty amazing! Thanks for the heart!

Rating Overview

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Comments

Fuchsi on Aug 12, 2023:

Dear Cindi, thank you very much for this journal in my mail! ^-^ Today the mailbox was filled to the fullest with so many mail and I will soon start with the diary entries. maybe you will get it filled out back, this would be fun XD Have a nice weekend, Maxi

lunatenchi on Aug 2, 2023:

Thanks so much again for the journals! Let me know when you wanna swap again ♡

Aumonae on Jul 11, 2023:

Thank you so very much for sending destash goodies to @kiddomerriweather She granted me a couple of the memo pads for my WW Wishlist. They were exactly what I was asking for. Just wanted to let you know that your kind generosity to one person touches more than them. You ROCK!

Zefaniya on Jun 14, 2023:

Thank you for the book recs for June’s ww!

lindseyjae on Jun 14, 2023:

Thanks so much for the fun envie of wishes you sent me! I love everything and so appreciate you thinking of me! (WW June)

susieq11 on Jun 12, 2023:

Thank you so much for the postcards and PDT labels for WW June!!! Love your decorated envelope too - so fun and bright! Thanks for being so generous - I absolutely love everything! Hope you have a good week! XOXO

Aumonae on Jun 11, 2023:

Thank you so very much for the fabulous wishes via Wonderful Wishes June! You were more than generous!

kiddomerriweather on Jun 10, 2023:

Thank you for the June WW! You are so very generous. I'm thrilled with the PDT's and swap inserts, not to mention the heaps of stamps! You don't know how much that helps me out. It was a great surprise on my birthday. =D

yvonne401 on Jun 9, 2023:

Welcome to Cold Hands Warm Hearts! It's great to have you here!

Blessings,

Yvonne

manders2280 on May 30, 2023:

I love smitten kitchen! I'm going to Israel next week, returning June 15th. I send to you from there. I'm mailing a package from there for a friend, a book that would cost $28 to send from here, so I'll find a post office and mail some postcards too.

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