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Date Joined: January 5, 2008
Last Online: April 13, 2021
Birthday: April 2, 1960
Country: United States
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About Me

Updated 9/30/19:

Older than dirt. Married (32 years!). Two kids (one of each flavor, my son is in Virginia where he met his sweetie while he was in the Navy; my daughter is in Tucson because she was tired of winter) and I helped raise my niece and nephew for a few years - until they graduated from high school. My nephew is in the Navy in Hawaii and my niece is back living with me after spending a little over a year in Portland.

We've hosted 10-1/2 exchange students (we were hosting our sixth exchange student (a girl from Norway), but she decided to move in with a different family, so I only count her as 1/2! I'm still having a difficult time dealing with the rejection after everything we did for her). Our other exchange students were: 3 girls and 2 boys from Germany, 2 girls from China, 1 girl from Italy, and 1 boy and 1 girl from France. They still love us! Well, most of them do. The girl from France maybe not so much since she thought I was simply too old to talk to.

Legal secretary for the past 29 or so years, but have waitressed, sold shoes, worked for Baskin Robbins and McDonald's, been an assistant publicist for a casino, delivered newspapers, and things I've no doubt forgotten! I also dabble in photography, working out of my house and shooting mostly family portraits and high school seniors. One cat and one dog.

My husband was laid off in March of 2014 and after searching diligently for a local job, wound up taking a contracting job across the country. He worked away from home for a year, returned for a year, then went back to Iowa for five months, before spending some time in Oklahoma City. Then he found a job in Utah - which is much closer to home. It was recently made a permanent position, rather than a contracting position, which is nice as there is a bit more stability (plus benefits!). We talk every day and constantly email and text, but it is still very strange to be without him! Now that he's closer, he's able to come home almost every other weekend, which is far nicer than the once or twice a year when he was living across the country. But I'm still holding down the home fires.

2016 was a really, really bad year! Knee replacement in January, identity theft in March, shingles in April, my husband leaving town again in April and a diagnosis of breast cancer in May. Had a lumpectomy in June, 21 doses of radiation and am now taking hormone blocking medication, and broke my wrist in October. Man, if I hadn't lived through all of that, I would probably not believe it myself. Sigh.... Things have vastly improved since then. Medically, I was cruising right along with no problems after the nightmare that was 2016. This year has decided to be obnoxious again. Had a potential cancer scare - but when the ovaries were removed in mid-September, turned out it was only a fibroid tumor. And now I need a hip replacement, so getting around is painful these days. Happened so quickly - I was hiking up to 8 miles as recently as the 4th of July weekend. And now I have a hard time getting up one flight of stairs. Sigh... Although my husband is still out of town, it's much more doable since he's closer and can get home every other weekend. I"m having to pay someone to mow the yard the alternate weekends until I get my hip replaced.


Favorite Music

Lots of everything: Anna Nalick, Ani Difranco, Camille, Liz Phair, Pink, Missy Higgins, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, Plain White T's, Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matchbox Twenty, Smashmouth, The Counting Crows, The Sighs, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg (RIP), The Beatles, Shania Twain, Blind Pilot, Jason Mraz, The Gin Blossoms, Coldplay, Cute Is What We Aim For, Dave Matthews Band, Dido, Jem, Fountains of Wayne, The Killers, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Panic! at the Disco, Snow Patrol, Neon Trees. Pretty much anything except rap and real twangy country.

Favorite Books

Anything by: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Dennis LeHane, Michael Connolly, Sue Grafton (RIP), Kathy Reichs, Jodi Picoult, Sophie Kinsella, Nelson DeMille, Diana Gabaldon, CJ Box, Kate Atkinson. Just about anything except romance. I don't mind a little romance in my mysteries, but I just don't like all romance-all the time.

Favorite Movies

About a Boy, Love Actually, Music & Lyrics (just about anything with Hugh Grant in it!), Amadeus, The Replacements, Seabiscuit, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, old musicals, chick flicks, romantic comedies.

Favorite Crafts

Scrapbooking, photography, beading (earrings, bracelets and book thongs). I can sew for crafts as long as it's not too complicated.

Favorite Television

Law & Order SVU, The Walking Dead, Amazing Race (actually tried to get on with my husband, but we weren't chosen - waaaah!), Survivor, 24, Supernatural (my daughter got me hooked on that one), Orange is the New Black, Wentworth. Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey. Binge watched Breaking Bad and Dexter after they originally aired and loved both!


Tea (but not herbal or decaf - my favorite is just flavored black tea), chocolate (yummmmmmm!), cats, music, movies, home decorating (we painted our son's bedroom a bright blue, and bought black Ikea furniture and lime green accents - it's a lot of fun!). I particularly love the dark terracotta red and deep honey colors of the living room and kitchen), cooking, hiking, traveling, taking pictures. Avid reader of just about anything, but mostly mysteries and funny chick lit. I love candles (fruity and spicy smells mostly, although light florals are okay. I hate perfumey smells, though - would literally wash my hands after sampling Moonlit Path at Bath & Body Works). I love B&BW Sweatpea, Black Raspberry & Vanilla, White Cherry Blossom and White Tea & Ginger (discontinued, darn it - it seems B&BW LOVES to discontinue my favorites). I especially like blues, greens, reds on the earthy side. I'd like to start collecting owls - not real cutesy owls, but somewhat more realistic.


Frou frou decorating (not into lacy curtains or lots of gold - complete opposite of the previous owner of our house, she'd probably keel over if she saw it now!), busy scrapbook paper (I like my pictures to be the focal point of my pages, not all the stuff around them), yappy little dogs. Not into kawaii (sorry!). Not really into fluorescent colors - more muted please.


Comment: I‘m sorry to rate a 1 now, but still nothing here. (Had to be sent on until Feb22, we messaged end of March, now it’s May 16) I will rerate of course when something arrives!
Comment: Thanks for the re-send! I am always curious to see what you are reading, and what you thought of books, because we often have similar tastes. :) I read Colorado Kid way back when it came out, and you're right - very different than his usual stuff, but I enjoyed it. (Much like "Later" which came out this month - I think it might be part of that hard-core crime re-boot thing. Oh, and I think "Joyland" was in that series too.) And I'm with you on Slaughter's books - she sure lives up to her last name, good grief! ha! I actually had to quit reading her books because it was just too much. I didn't like Pieces of Her as much as I hoped, but was glad the title didn't reflect something else in the book - with Slaughter, you never really know what to expect! Thanks for sharing your books. :)
Response: I read Joyland a number of years ago and just read Later this month. I snap up ALL the Stephen King books as soon as I can! Thanks for the great rate!
Comment: I ♥ your letter, Sharon! Thank you so much for showing me your gorgeous book shelves!!! And the picture of the national park. And for the great list of course! Stay safe! :-)
Comment: Lovely photos and I love how you turned them into notecards. Thank you so much.
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: In October I read ... on Dec 31, 2020
Comment: Thank you, Sharon, for sharing what you read!
USAFwife rated for R&W: In November I read ... on Dec 22, 2020
Comment: Oh my goodness, I loved the card! Did you take the photo? I've only seen a peacock in person once or twice, at a zoo, and it wasn't showing off. I've seen the Harlan Coben book on a bunch of lists, but I dont' think I've read any by him. I think some were made into Netflix shows? I might have to check this one out. :) Thanks for the great reviews. :)
Response: I did take the photo. The peacock was wandering around the grounds near Mammoth Cave when I took a couple of exchange students on a road trip. He was pretty showy! Thanks for the great rate!
jessnewson98 rated for R&W: World Postcard Day on Nov 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the gorgeous postcard!
AFK rated for SS: JUNE: Free-form subject: BIRDS on Oct 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you for all your beautiful bird photos and all the information that you included. They are all so beautiful I could not pick one I liked any better than the other. Sorry It has taken me a couple of weeks to rate you.❤️
Response: I'm just glad they finally made it to you! It sure takes a long time to get from my part of the world to yours these days! Thanks for the great rate!
PostMuse rated for WIYM: FOOD POSTCARD on Oct 27, 2020
Comment: Yum! Perfect recipe for the colder weather. I am about to move homes and will finally have a lovely kitchen. Can’t wait to make this soup! Thank you
Response: I'm glad you like it! You'll have to let me know how it turns out. Thanks for the great rate!
Vickyen rated for SS: 4 Legs Swap on Oct 19, 2020
Comment: Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for the lovely Happy Mail! Your photos are wonderful and that you made cards from all of them, rocks even more! I will be using them for my Chemo Buddy and will make sure you get credit for the amazing share! Wishing you all the best and please stay safe! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate.
Eulegirl rated for R&W: In August I read ... on Oct 18, 2020
Comment: Thanks! These look like some thrilling books! I met John Grisham once when I was a server in a Caribbean restaurant (he lives just over the mountain in Charlottesville), and there was a mysterious phone call and a special table set aside for him. He was very nice.
Response: Thanks for the great rate! Great to hear that a favorite author is a nice guy.
Rapsy rated for R&W: World Postcard Day on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the nice postcard, take care :)
Response: Thanks for the great rate!
USAFwife rated for R&W: In Sept I read .... on Oct 15, 2020
Comment: Thanks for sharing your list! I haven't read a John Grisham book since Pelican Brief, I don't think. But this book seems to be on a lot of people's lists. Maybe it's time for me to try him out again! :)
Response: It's a bit of a lighter read than some of his books. And it's a sequel - so I'd suggest you read the first one first (not that you can't read out of order, of course)! Thanks for the great rate!
Comment: Awesome postcard, thank you! I haven't been to Grand Canyon but it seems beautiful.
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the great rate.
debtea2 rated for TFT-Autumn Tea & Note card on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much, I love the card, wish I was there, I enjoyed reading your note and the teas your so sweet of you. glad you joined in hugs & happy Fall
Response: I'm glad you like the card - it's a lovely spot in the fall especially. Thanks for the great rate!
taledo rated for SS: Sept Free-Form Subject: Scenery on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: OMG. all of the photos are breath taking. thank you so much for sharing
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!
KSENiA rated for R&W: Book vs Movie on Sep 23, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing. I watched and love Julie and Julia. I heard the book was not like the move, so I never even tried to read it.
Response: Very good decision on your part! Thanks for the great rate!
Eulegirl rated for R&W: Bookmark swap USA #1 on Sep 17, 2020
Comment: thank you for the lovely bookmarks. I love your amazing bookshelves. I'm a book hoarder myself, but during this pandemic, I've never been so glad!
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!
Drachenfrau rated for R&W: National Read a Book Day! on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: I just know what you mean about binge watching and using the mobile phone. :/ I used to read so much, but nowadays not. :(
Response: Thanks for the great rate!
Ajijic rated for SS: Love Grows Swap on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Sharon, thank you so much for your wonderful cards. What a generous package. The photos are beautiful, I love your descriptions You are a fantastic sharp shooter!!! Thank you so much, wish I could give you a dozen hearts..
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate.

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debtea2 on Nov 14, 2020:

Put a little Pumpkin spice in your life

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KateKintail on Dec 30, 2013:


Thank you for angeling the reading journal swap! I've really enjoyed reading through it :-)

ImzadiRose on Sep 16, 2013:

Thanks for your 55 Book Related Questions swap answers. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you'll enjoy The Twelve when you can read it. My husband read both that and The Passage. He definitely liked the 1st one a lot better, but enjoyed both.

art3osb on Aug 29, 2013:

Thank you for the Germany photos from the tag in SS group. My husband and I enjoyed them very much. He said he saw the Heidelberg Castle. Thanks for the nice letter and describing your vacation. I think it would be neat to visit there. My huband was stationed in Germany and I think he would like to go back. You took great photos. My favorite photo is of the palace. I like how you got the reflection of the palace from the water. I actually really like the other big, white castle too.

SarahCD on Aug 17, 2013:

Thank you so much for the angel of the hot chocolate swap! I'll be trying them very soon, as well as many of the recipes :)

Mistyinltown on Aug 15, 2013:

Yay! I sent her off today! I had a lot of fun making her! I hope you like her! ♥ Thank you for doing this swap with me!

Littletiscrafty on Jul 22, 2013:

Thanks so much for the stash of wonderfully cut box tops! I appreciate this so very much. My son said wow! He cannot believe it!

VivaLaDiane on Apr 15, 2013:

So random -but your post about your kids in the Navy really warmed my heart. What a sweet and thoughtful mom you are. They've obviously got their compassion from you :)

Thank them both for their service. Much love to you all. ♥♥

joyceann888 on Mar 14, 2013:

Thanks for the angel journal for Composition Journal Fun: Random Theme. It was so fun to get, and I totally enjoyed reading it and looking through it. Thanks for all of the beautiful cards!

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