Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sharron

Hi Peeps! My name is Sharron and I have been living in Wichita KS for the past 13 years. While I was born in Missouri, I have been a Kansan almost all of my life. I grew up in the Kansas City area but always lived in Johnson County (on the Kansas side). This is the second marriage for both my husband and me. Between us we have five children and seven grandchildren. Unfortunately, no one lives very close so our 'immediate family' consists of our slightly spoiled furry kids--a Sheltie, two Papillons and two very senior cats (18 and 16). We also have a turtle--a carryover from my hubby's zoo days. Actually that is where we met--at the Zoo! He was a curator and I was a docent for seven years and later was employed doing administrative assistant jobs for the director. We moved to a smaller town in Kansas when he took a director's position building a new zoo. I was definitely not a small town person and when local politics caused an end to that job, my husband went back into teaching at one of the parochial high schools in Wichita and we moved here. It is a perfect sized town and we love it. There really aren't any negatives except maybe the never ending wind! When we first married I did some part time zoo work but later got a job as a receptionist in the Pediatric area of a medical center. Then we moved and for 12 1/2 years I worked in a Urology office scheduling surgeries for 3-4 of the doctors. I finally retired at the end of September last year.

Like several others I got started in stamping when I went to a Stampin' Up party given by a fellow employee. She suggested SCS was a good source for ideas and through there I found Nicole's blog. That was two years ago. I was so inspired and once I got my first order, I was hooked. I had always said I never would get involved with scrapbooking and investing in all those supplies! Then I was exposed to stamping and cards and found a whole new love.  And of course now I am investing in all those supplies!! Just recently I set aside an area in our bedroom for an official stamping nook.

We live in an older neighborhood and have a very small yard. While we have redone all the landscape plantings, our gardening focus is primarily daylilies. Currently we have about 280 varieties. One has to be very creative with design to make room for them all! We also belong to the local daylily club and are active in the Regional organization. Last year we accepted the position of editors of the Regional publication. We are also avid birders. It was one of the reasons we chose this area. We live close to both rivers and can walk to the parks. We plan to do more travel now that we have more free time and always work birdwatching into our plans.

Both my husband and I also do photography. And until a couple of years ago my major creative activity was basket weaving. I belonged to the local guild but work pressures started to interfere and I put it aside for a while. I have a good friend who is also a weaver and I intend to do more now that I have time. I have also done tole painting, knitting, crocheting and cross stitching. I still have unfinished cross stitch projects--and a large source of embroidery thread that I now use on my cards! I love to read and while I usually only read nonfiction, now I find fiction fun and relaxing and always have a book handy. My husband and I also do dog agility with the Papillons. We don't compete but meet one evening each week with a group of fellow dog lovers to practice.

I feel so fortunate to be part of this group. I admire everyone's creativity and so much appreciate their support. Looking forward to many good times ahead!

9 comments:

Terri said...

It is great to find out more about you Sharron. How cool that you and your hubby met at the zoo! You sound like quite the gardener. I hope you will share photos of your flowers this summer would love to see them.I also think it is great that you do agility with your fur kids too!

Cammie said...

Sharon, I'm glad you've retired and have time for your many hobbies. I took a basket weaving course years ago; I made one basket:). How do you dead head all those daylilies and have time for anything else? I look forward to photos of your gardens this summer.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Hello Sharron,

So nice getting to know you! I am just now introducing daylilies into our fenced in yard here. The deer love to nibble on them if planted on the other side. I love them! Sure hope you will post a picture of your garden when all is in bloom.

Lori said...

Hi Sharron!! So nice to hear more about you!! I too would love to see pictures of your garden!!!

peggysue said...

Sharron you have lived a very interesting life I think. You and your DH must know a lot about animals. And the basket weaving, I have a friend who does that. Cool about the daylilies, I love flowers.

Rhonda said...

Sharron, What great adventures you have had. I also love day lilies, though I other have a couple of varieties. Have a great weekend.

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

Enchantée de faire plus ample connaissance avec toi Sharron

Aimes said...

Hiya Sharron! Well not everyone can say they met their future DH at a zoo! What a great story!
Lovely to 'meet' you and I can't wait to see more of your creations!
x

Linda W said...

Hi Sharron. I enjoyed reading your very interesting intro. I've always loved the photo of your dogs, but I didn't know you had a Sheltie. That's our baby. I think we have alot in common. Looking forward to knowing you better.