Swap-bot Time: May 28, 2023 1:16 pm


Date Joined: May 29, 2011
Last Online: May 27, 2023

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


∞ 2022 Feb/March... It's starting out to be the Year of the Hawks! For a while I was seeing a hawk or two most every time I go out walking!! Mostly Red Shoulder Hawks, but I've also seen a couple Red Tail Hawks and even two Cooper Hawks!! Not hawks, but still exciting: a juvenile Bald Eagle and a Turkey Vulture!

∞ 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.


hellojett rated for Flower Power, the 2023 edition #2 on May 26, 2023
Comment: Thanks for your nice card, and photo. I think you have to soak the dandilions over night to get rid of the bitterness. Definitely weird though, I'll try again another time. Lovely that you get hummingbirds where you are, I've never seen one. If the nettle is good for you, then you can make a tea? I'm still experimenting from time to time.
Clcintx88 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #344 on May 24, 2023
DreamCloud rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #343 on May 20, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and the gorgeous notecard and photos. Your weekend sounds like it was amazing. I also love the Ancillary series. Your hummus recipe sounds yummyβ€”I love it with black olives. Roasted red pepper, too. ❀️
charophyta rated for Email Accountability Swap #9 on May 19, 2023
Comment: You did stuff!! Sounds pretty productive!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful postcard and sharing your movie with me. I liked Arrival as well.
mermaidery rated for Email Accountability Swap #6 on May 11, 2023
Comment: Thanky you for sharing what you got done!
Karen07 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #342 on May 8, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I love your bird pics!
MamaKek rated for Email Accountability Swap #8 on May 2, 2023
Comment: Great job getting things done! And proud of you for enjoying a little quiet time πŸ˜‰
Cindymt rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #341 on Apr 28, 2023
Comment: As always, I love this swap and it is nice to see you in my mailbox! I really like the photos you sent so thanks for including them! I enjoyed reading about your weekend! And yes, I have pet my cats and forgiven them for breaking my laptop...again. Ha-ha!
cassie3001 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #330 on Apr 26, 2023
Comment: Not sure what happened to this on it's journey here, but it has arrived! This weekend must see like a distant memory to you by now. I hope that all of your computer troubles are behind you and I will add The Murderbot Diaries to my list of books to read! Thank you for the suggestion. How are the sunchokes that you planted doing? Hopefully they are thriving! I wish we had gardening weather in February, haha! Thank you for the photos you included as well. I've learnt a lot reading this notecard! Happy Swapping!
Hotthreads rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #340 on Apr 24, 2023
Comment: I’m going to look into the author for sure. Loved your photos and newsy card.πŸ’•
rebowyer2000 rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #336 on Apr 21, 2023
mysmashbooklife rated for Email Accountability Swap #7 on Apr 17, 2023
Comment: Wow! It is a great way to keep track of what you are doing!
Comment: Thanks for the pc. πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈ
carterj rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #339 on Apr 16, 2023
Comment: I love your photos! thank you so much!, Where you live must be so beautiful!
luckysweetpea rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #338 on Apr 8, 2023
Comment: Hello Rift! Thank you so much for the beautiful card and photos! I love reading the stories behind the photos! And thank you for recognizing β€œI’m back” for TGIF swaps. ❀️ Warmly, Ginger
carterj rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #337 on Apr 4, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I would love to know the program you use to print your cards?l Love your photos!
MissCharlieD rated for book reading pc 33 int. on Apr 3, 2023
Comment: I hadn't heard of Meru before, but it sounds interesting! My husband says you would probably enjoy Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, if you liked this one.
squince rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #335 on Mar 30, 2023
Comment: Sounds like a great weekend! Thanks for the photos too!

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explore on May 5, 2023:

Rift, thank you for the surprise postcard! I still send RAKs on swap-bot, just no more swaps or ratings. I have joined many handmade card swaps on FB which is a lot of fun. I am making stickers too for the new groups πŸ˜‰

explore on Apr 15, 2023:

Rift, thank you for taking the time to send me a thank you postcard - first one I have received so far πŸ˜‰. Have a wonderful April!

nanadiana on Jun 8, 2022:

Thank you for angeling the TGIF #259 swap. I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend and the pictures of the birds. So pretty! You made my day much brighter and I thank you for that. Good luck with your garden and those pesky beetles. :)

PrincessLeia on Jan 27, 2022:

Hello Rift, Thankyou for your lovely tree frog PC. He’s very cute. His skin looks quite rough compared to ours. They are really smooth and feel quite clammy if i have to pick them up and move them out of harms way. ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

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!!

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