Hi y'all! My name is Cynthia (or Cyndi)
I was born in Texas and have lived all over the US (including a year in Australia as an exchange student in High School). I currently live in a tiny town of only 1200 people, in rural Oklahoma with my retired father on a large wooded property. My nearest major city is Tulsa, about 30 miles south. I grew up in the country, lived and loved being in a big city in my 20s/30s and now rarely leave my area! My how things change!
I have been a substitute mail carrier for my local post office the last 3 years and will be going full time sometime this winter (the wheels of government departments move slowly!)
I have 3 very spoiled dogs, Tagalong-3 yrs (Black Aussie Shepherd)-he was a stray that came home with us from our 2019 vacation, Missy-6 yrs (Akbash), Keira- 9 yrs (Chow/Shepherd). They ensure my home is protected by furry dust bunnies at all times and the carpets don't fly away.
I love reading about the culture and history of other countries and while my mind can never remember things like names and dates...totally useless trivia I heard once a decade ago will forever be etched in my mind. My family refuses to play Trivial Pursuit with me because of this.
Thrift shopping is my favorite pastime and how I have built most of my collections with great treasures someone else spent a lifetime collecting.
I like to collect Santa Clauses especially if they represent another country or culture or are dressed in anything other than the classic red/white, are handmade, rustic or primitive. My home stays decorated for Christmas nearly half of the year as it takes me an entire month to make the changeover from normal to Christmas decor. I have 8 trees that I put up and decorate and I put displays around and above every window and on tons of shelves all over the house using well over 800 figurines!! It has been a slight obsession since I was a baby :) Most of my collection is shown in an album on my facebook profile-it's public! https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.stewart.754
I also collect vintage plates, teacups and pitchers and one could argue that I collect crafting supplies and material for sewing. My family says I only collect them and rarely get around to actually finishing whatever I am supposed to do with them.
For those that like lists my favorite things:
SANTA from your country
HANDMADE-I love to make them for swap as well.
tourist cards- from your area or your travels
dogs, cats, cute animals
Harry Potter, Twilight, books, movies
nature, sunsets, rainbows, storms
My "favorites" are cards I have received or just like. The images are really just a bonus to the message so please write more than Happy Postcrossing. I took Spanish and Japanese in school. Rusty, but willing to check what I think it says against Google translate :D Also, feel free to write in your language if you use a roman alphabet so I can translate.