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Date Joined: January 5, 2008
Last Online: February 21, 2020
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.


armadillogal rated for SS-: Love for Animals on Feb 20, 2020
Comment: Thanks for the awesome photos!!!
Response: I'm glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!
fairylover rated for SS-: - Photography Penpals on Feb 18, 2020
Comment: What a great envelop I received! Your photos are awesome and your brochures too! I loved reading your letter! Thanks a lot for this swap!
Response: Wow! That envelope made it to you in record time, I think! Glad you liked it - thanks for the great rate!
lou rated for SS: 5 Photo Notecards: Q1 2020 on Feb 15, 2020
Comment: Your cards were magnificent, Sharon! Loved them all and your write-up was wonderful — and it was great to see Butchart Gardens again, saw it at night and bought the video/CD of its history. Also super to see Yellowstone again!!
Response: Thanks, Lou! Glad you like them. Thanks for the great rate.
mags142 rated for Sharp Shooters: colorful photo! on Jan 15, 2020
Comment: Hello Sharon! Omg I loved the rainbow collection of cards! Your photography is amazing and I loved how colorful you made them. I loved reading the story behind them also, great that you travel and see the beauty in nature.
Response: Thanks for the great rate! I'm so glad you liked my colorful photos!
Comment: Hi Sharon! I love your bridge photos and that you made such lovely cards out of them! Thank you so much for the wonderful Happy Mail! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Thanks for the great rate! I'm glad you liked the cards!
1koolkrafter rated for SS: 5 Photo Notecards: Q3 2019 on Oct 24, 2019
Comment: Sharon...your photo cards were without any doubt..."absolutely stunning". I loved how you presented them and all were simply lovely!!! And might I say...you are quite the traveler and know "what" to take a photos of!!! I loved them all..Thanks
Response: Thanks for the great rate! I'm glad you like them. I do love to take pictures when we travel!
Comment: WOW! These postcards you made with your photos are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! I LOVE these so absolutely much! I will be keeping these in my special binder.. they are BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you THANK YOU!! xx Gabi
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!
Purplmyst rated for SS: Mini animal photo project #1 on Sep 12, 2019
Comment: Very cute, thanks for sharing
Response: Thanks for the great rate!
Comment: Oh my gosh! Not only did you go way (way!) above and beyond with this swap... but your photos are Amazing. They are all stunning (well, except the bears, who are just funny), but my favorites are the marmots. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos with me!! ♥!!
Response: I love the marmots too! I just COULD NOT STOP taking pictures of every one I saw. There were many, many more photos of marmots taken during that hike! Thanks for the great rate!
iLoveMail rated for SS: Photo Notecards: Q2 2019 on Jun 29, 2019
Comment: GORGEOUS cards Sharon!! Thanks so much for the extras. Definitely the best photo note cards I’ve received ♥️ I was so lucky to have you as my partner!
Response: I'm so glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!
Comment: Thanks for the great photos!
Response: Thanks for the great rate!
marija rated for SS: Send a photo album on Mar 30, 2019
Comment: Your photo album was wonderful. I wish I had past travel photos to send but most were lost, phone stolen, fire, etc. But I still have those memories. Best wishes, Marina
Response: I'm so sorry you lost your photos! That must have been devastating - memories or not. Thank you for the great rate.
karaterp rated for SS: Photo Notecards: Q4 2016 on Dec 17, 2016
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful cards! I love them all, and several are parks on my bucket list. We're hosting an exchange student too, it's been a great experience!
Response: Thanks for the great rate! We are serial hosters - it's almost always been a great experience! We're hosting a girl from France this year - will be visiting national parks in Utah and Arizona (Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon - along with Horseshoe Bend and a great little slot canyon down in that neck of the woods). I've been to them all numerous times, but they never get old!
midteacher rated for Abandoned... on Dec 17, 2016
Comment: Absolutely LOVE the photo! The turquoise "happiness" just pops against the B&W. I hope you are able to go back and take more photos. Very interesting place. Great for taking photos.
Response: Thanks for the great rate! It was a fun place to photograph!
spinweaver rated for Now What? Summer's Over on Oct 12, 2016
Response: Thanks for the heart!
MissBrenda rated for Now What? Summer's Over on Oct 7, 2016
Comment: Wow Sharon, what a ride you have been on! I am so glad that the docs have gotten everything! Happy swapping to you....
Response: Thanks for the great rating. Now can you believe I tripped on Sunday and fractured my left wrist? Sigh... sure looking forward to this year being over!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for "Open When ____" Swap on Sep 11, 2016
Comment: Sharon! It's here yes yes!! So sorry for the late rating!! This is SUCH an awesome swap! I have yet to open any of the envelopes but as soon as things slow down a bit I am sure the time will arise!! All of these envelopes are lovely! You certainly went above and beyond!! I can't wait to see what goodies lie within!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!!! Hugs and a whole lot of smiles from me to you!! xxooxxooxxoo
Response: Yay! Glad it made its way to you. I've had some mailing issues in the past and am somewhat paranoid now. Hope you like everything!
Comment: Thank you so much, Sharon, for the fabulous reading log and all the extras! I don't know where to start, so I'll start with the reading log itself :) I really like how you formatted your reading log -- it made it easy to read! I read YAL almost exclusively ( I teach middle school language arts), so I was familiar with all the titles from that genre. It was nice to get the perspective of someone who does not usually read YAL. I highly recommend ALL of John Green's other books. He also has a couple of youtube channels that are very entertaining! There were quite a few other books I will be adding to my list of books to read. The recipes are greatly appreciated, especially the ones you've tried and liked! The bookmarks are awesome and will get put to good use :) I can't wait to listen to the mix CDs -- many of the names I recognized, but there were quite a few that were new to me! The photo on the card is super cool, and I'll definitely be saving it :) You are a very talented photographer! Thank you again for a thoughtful swap package :D
Response: Thank you for the wonderful rating! I'm very glad you liked the package!
ScrapHappyGabi rated for Positive Postcard! on Aug 1, 2016
Comment: Beautiful postcard from Yellowstone!! <3 Thank you!! You're right... You ARE stronger than you realize! Yup, certainly learn who cares and freebies... yep, Ive experienced that too!!! HUGS!
Response: Thanks for the heart! I love Yellowstone and the falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of my personal favorite places to visit.
nebularly rated for Cup and a Quote~♥#1 on Aug 26, 2014
Comment: Thank you! I loved the cookie recipes. I will definitely be trying them out.
Response: Glad you like them! Thanks for the great rate!

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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!

iLoveMail on Oct 23, 2012:

Thank you so much, Sharon, for all the great pictures of Venice!! I especially love the Horseshoe Bend pic :) (SS photo tag)

shellsajerseygirl on Sep 7, 2012:

Hello & Thank You. I wanted to post a huge Thank You for sending Savannah home. From the photos I see she had a wonderful visit.What a beautiful horse. The photos you sent for the swap "Share Your Photos " were breath taking. It is always nice to have you as a partner.From your photos I feel as if I travel to all those beautiful places. Thank You! again for sharing. Looking forward to swapping with you again. : )

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