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VAgardengirlgirl

VAgardengirlgirl
Date Joined: May 6, 2019
Last Online: February 5, 2023
Birthday: August 15
Country: United States
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About Me

About me

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Nov 2021 I take pics of my swaps, and their envelopes, front & back, so if you’re missing a swap, I have a record of it. Please contact me if you haven’t received it. Thanks!

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I’m a former 6th grade teacher, but now work for a non-profit, mostly from home, just outside Richmond, Virginia. I have an independent 😀 & bright (but sometimes moody) teen and a kind, smart, & funny husband. He and I met in the local scuba diving club, and our kid is also certified. There’s another world under the water, and it’s so peaceful and beautiful!

Although I’ve lived in the South my entire life, I dream of living in a cooler climate and of snow falling on Christmas Day ❄️ . I fantasize about living in Colorado. I love snow! ‘Round here, 6” or more means school & appointments are called off and most people get an unexpected free day, which I LOVE! (Favs for snow day: a roaring, crackling 🔥 , baking, crafting, shoveling, napping, shooting pics of snow)

I read a newspaper daily and particularly enjoy Carolyn Hax , Miss Manners, Jumble, & now Wordle (online). Sometimes I like the news, but mostly read it because I feel obligated to be informed. This is an actual newspaper, not articles found through social media. I miss Dave Barry’s weekly column, Farside, and Calvin & Hobbs, but now laugh at Zits, Dilbert and Pluggers.

What I like to do

  • gardening, (growing mostly flowers)
  • visiting state & national parks
  • looking at gardens
  • walking wooded trails,
  • reading (mostly audiobooks)
  • cooking
  • crafting

We live on a few acres so I enjoy seeing the wildlife, in particular the birds. I typically have a bluebird family in the spring & it’s exciting watching the full progression of empty nest box to nest, eggs, babies and their departure! I love trees and find bugs 🐛 🐜 🕷 & snakes 🐍 interesting. They’re around here all the time, so we get along.

I make an effort to live environmentally-friendly (e.g., I recycle, reduce, reuse & compost, try to reduce my use of single-use plastics, drive a hybrid)

🐈 I have 2 orange tabby cat boys whom I adore, Owen & Charley 🐈

Particular ** favorite** things: are

COFFEE

coffee flavored candy & desserts, lattes, espresso, coffee cups, quotes about coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, cute little demitasse cups... Think the Bubba Gump shrimp guy in Forrest Gump talking about shrimp...that’s me with coffee

I also like

comical items! To get an idea of my sense of humor, I find very funny:

*Ted Lasso * David Sedaris * Frasier * Atypical * Everybody Loves Raymond *Bob ❤️ Abishola

ITEMS I FIND ENDEARING

MINIATURES

——————- even odd things like a tiny screw, tiny piece of satin ribbon, or an itty bitty feather. Doll house things like a tiny Kleenex box or a miniature book make me lose my mind!

I like tiny things, & sparkles!

  • postage stamps = miniature art!
  • hippos, 🦛 especially baby hippos
  • pastels, especially periwinkle
  • flowers; my favorite is a bluet
  • cute baby animals. What baby isn’t cute?
  • birds, real or drawn
  • trees 🌲
  • anything having to with Thomas Jefferson
  • anything with a bicycle 🚲
  • clocks & watches ⏰
  • photos of all sorts, especially close ups

Robert Llewellen’s photographs amaze me! robertllewellyn

## I also really like

NEAT HANDWRITING 💕💕😃😃😃

  • early photos of famous people
  • Quaint churches ⛪ with simple steeples
  • colored or shaped paper clips & cute binder clips
  • origami
  • cute sticky notes (all sizes)
  • small matchbox crafts
  • tiny bottles (like perfume bottles)
  • magazine ads with odd photos
  • interesting ideas about life in the future

  • natural items found outside. I usually have a bowl which I fill with natural finds I like: a feather, a tiny pine cone, a colorful stone or one in a particular shape, some interesting seeds, a pretty leaf, etc.

Books I’ve particularly enjoyed:

  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • Dress Your Children in Corduroy & Denim
  • Gone Girl
  • Angela’s Ashes
    • A Gentleman in Moscow*
  • Prince of Tides
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • Go Ask Alice
    • The Book Thief*
  • Americanah
    • Middlesex*
    • The Corrections*
    • A Mother’s Reckoning*

TV Shows/series that have been favorites include: -——————————————————— * Atypical * The Kids are Alright * Frasier * Six Feet Under * Breaking Bad * Mr Mercedes *Dateline * Stranger * America’s Test Kitchen * Barefoot Contessa * and,....dare I admit it?.... The Pimple Popper

Movies I’ve loved

  • The Wife
  • Fargo
  • the Sound of Music
  • Harold & Maude
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin
  • A Christmas Story
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • Manchester-by the-Sea
  • Shawshank Redemption

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I’m delighted with tiny stickers or cute postage stamps or little cute pictures cut from magazines.

NOT INTO

  • Goth
  • mustard yellow
  • religious stuff (but do like holiday icons like bunnies & holly & gingerbread houses.
  • “Dislike” lists that are longer than the “like” list

postcard favorites

  • British royals)
  • Photos of old cars, rustic homes, antiques,
  • outdoor clocks
  • churches,
  • mailboxes,
  • streetcars,
  • trees,
  • musicians,
  • iron fences,
  • steam trains,
  • art photos,
  • black & white photos,
  • postcards of famous people in their early days

Homemade postcard favorites: * funny, weird or unusual magazine pics *a comic from the newspaper

Ratings

Ariaya rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #97 on Jan 29, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the travelers and the extra!
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Comment: Great card! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Comment: Thanks for the card + great music discussion! I have a lot I want to say in response so I'm actually going to send you a card back!
Response: Excellent! I look forward to it. I had more I wanted to say but was also limited!
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Comment: Thanks for the great card and notecard! Leaving for my 2nd cruise tomorrow.
estromberg rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #97 on Jan 19, 2023
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Comment: Thank you for the cards to pass along and the awesome extra!!
baseri rated for Black and White pc swap #115 on Jan 17, 2023
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Comment: Happy New Year Nancy, thank you for the nice postcard that arrived today to brighten my day! Glad you have found Louise Penny's books - I adore her Inspector Gamache! I'm on the waitlist at the library for her latest. happy swapping. Dale
jeka396 rated for Deco Deco #12 on Jan 16, 2023
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Comment: Thanks so much for the seahorse deco!
ÇisnerosV rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #93 on Jan 11, 2023
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Comment: Thank you
StarExplorer rated for Snapshots in Time: Winter on Jan 6, 2023
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Ace330660 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #91 on Jan 5, 2023
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Comment: Thanks for the pc ! I will gladly pass it along.
Ariaya rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #93 on Dec 16, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the card to pass on and the extras! They're all fun!
Chickaree rated for ATC-Christmas tree-Chunky on Dec 13, 2022
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Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful chunky atc! I love the snow falling outside, the fireplace and especially the hand beaded tree! So beautiful :-) Have a very merry Christmas 🌲⛄
teejlc rated for Deco Deco #10 on Dec 12, 2022
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Comment: Thank you for the great decos and kind note! I'll definitely check out the Carole King book. I love her and I listen to audio books almost non stop so I always am excited to get recommendations! Your Tibetan Buddhism deco is so interesting and pretty. I'm looking forward to learning a little bit about the symbols while I decorate my page!
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Comment: Your card was mailed on Nov 22 and just got it today Dec 5 Love that post office!
jay9 rated for Catbook 14 on Dec 3, 2022
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Comment: Hi VAgardengirlgirl, I got your catbook and the fun extras you sent. Thank You. 🐈🐈‍⬛ I am looking forward to working in it. Happiness and Peace to you.
Mimi7 rated for Round Robin Traveling PC Swap #91 on Nov 23, 2022
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Comment: Hi Nancy, thanks for the pc to pass on and thanks so much for the washi tape
shellbee8 rated for Classroom Valentine Card Swap on Nov 22, 2022
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Comment: you made me laugh.. I would have loved to be able to do the talent scout thing too and YES I think that they should offer a degree in that instead of leaving the decisions up to crazies like Simon Cowell and those others. 11/17
Tara rated for Deco Deco #8 on Nov 15, 2022
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Comment: Thanks for the fun deco!
Response: Hope you enjoy working on it!!
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Comment: Cute baby rabbit, thanks, Rich

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Comments

tcornell on Dec 24, 2021:

Thank you for thinking of me, and for the kind words on my profile ♥ This community has been so supportive! Y'all are more appreciated than you realize :) Tracy

Mimi7 on Nov 9, 2021:

Hi Nancy What did you think of Cat book #8 I sent? Isn;t it nice? Enjoying these swaps. Hope you are staying safe and are well.

Don;t forget to rate me and thanks so much!!

take care Donna

lou on Aug 30, 2021:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

dcp0112 on Apr 5, 2021:

Have a wonder spring & have fun planting those beautiful flowers!!

VAgardengirlgirl on Mar 26, 2021:

Many thanks to porkpie5 for uploading the coloring collab! I love the different ways swappers colored it!

porpie5 on Mar 26, 2021:

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