Jill Weatherholt

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Summer Spotlight: Sherri Matthews

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Greetings everyone from Jolly Old England! Thanks so much Jill for including me in your wonderful Blog Spotlight. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about old friends and making lovely new ones shining brightly beneath your summer spotlight. I’m honoured to be here amongst such fine company: after all, if someone had told me a couple of years ago that I would be writing on a blog, I would not only have laughed my head off but would also have asked, “What’s a blog?”

Blogging didn’t exist when, as a teenager, I hid away in my room furiously scribbling away at my angst-ridden poems and crazy song lyrics (none of which ever saw the light of day I might add). When I was twelve, I wrote a short story entitled ‘The Telephone’, but when I read it out to my family they all laughed and I don’t blame them. It was supposed to be a thriller not a comedy, so you can see I had a problem. I didn’t think I was cut out for it, but I longed to be a writer.

Working in both the legal and medical fields paid a few bills, but my happiest years were as full-time mum to my three, now grown children, raising them in California after moving there in 1986. Returning to my ‘home’ in England seventeen years later as a single mum in my mid-forties when my marriage ended wasn’t easy, but life is full of surprises and eight years ago, I happily remarried.

The call of the pen beckoned throughout but my writing dream remained just that…a distant dream. My feeble efforts to write, seriously, always stalled. Life and all that…

Then one winter’s morning two years ago, weighed down by life and my concerns for my daughter’s recent diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, I sat at my kitchen table in despair. I had lost two jobs in as many years, thanks to office closures, and I felt washed-up and yes…old. Then I read this by the novelist George Eliot:

‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’

Overcome with a surge of ‘it’s now or never’ I knew then that it was time to change my life, it was my time to write. Today, I am a best-selling author. Oops, scratch that Jill…what I meant to say is I am scribbling away on my first draft of my first book (a memoir) but I’ll never forget the day I took my first phone call from the editor of a magazine to discuss publishing my article. I almost dropped the phone.

I got the idea to start my blog, ‘A View From My Summerhouse’ http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/ ) after reading an article about blogging in a women’s magazine. My first post was about my garden robin with accompanying photograph, but I was clueless. Tags? Who knew? No wonder I only had three likes (thanks Hubby, Mum, friend…).

A lot has happened since that cold winter’s morning: these days I dare, at last, to call myself a writer (shock, horror!) and I’ve gained a blogging community of amazing people I call dear friends. I might be a late-bloomer but I’ve discovered that it really is never too late – for anything. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll surprise everyone, myself included, and write a proper thriller.

Now onto answering Jill’s excellent thought-provoking questions:

If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be?

I would love to meet King Henry VIII and have a nice little chat with him about all his wives. Maybe put him straight on a few things. Of course, I would be careful not to ‘lose my head’. I am fascinated with all things medieval and Alison Weir’s book ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ is among my favourites. Then, of course, there is Steve McQueen. Forget Donny Osmond and The Bay City Rollers, it was the King of Cool’s posters hanging on my bedroom walls. I was gutted when during my first ever visit to Hollywood when I was nineteen that I didn’t bump into him as I truly believed I would. But I did get to place my hand in his handprint at Mann’s Chinese Theatre, so I got to touch him…sort of.

What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Well, no one really, although Jill thinks I look like Diane Sawyer! I remember once getting on a school bus when I was about fifteen and the driver telling me I looked like Hedy Lamarr. I had absolutely no idea who he was talking about, but when my mum later told me she was a movie star in the forties, I felt quite proud. Love that era! Recently, someone said I looked like Jennifer Aniston – ten years from now. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Ahh…so much. Before my parents split up when I was ten, my life as a kid had seemed idyllic and carefree to me. Yes, I remember the arguments, but what I hold dear are the picnics we had as a family and the long walks my brother and I took with our dad in the woods at the back of our house. He told us wonderful stories of mystical creatures lurking in the shadows, particularly of one red fox. To this day, I’m fascinated with foxes and the first short story I had published was based on these walks. My dad was a wonderful storyteller and it is those early years with him before a lifetime of alcoholism stole him away that I remember and miss the most.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

I would change the way dinosaurs disappeared. Impossible I know, but I have always tried to imagine what the world would have been like if they still existed, although I realise that this would be wholly impractical. We all know what happened in the film Jurassic Park, but I think it would be incredible to be able to see one of these amazing creatures with my own eyes. Obviously not the T Rex though…unless he was far, far away.

What do you think the greatest invention is?

Now my answer here is not exactly profound and it certainly won’t bring world peace, but I have to share: you see, I’ve discovered a product that to me, seriously, is the best invention since sliced bread: it is Nivea Skin Conditioner. I don’t know about you, but I just hate all that faffing about applying body lotion after a shower. This product eliminates the need for all of that: apply it in the shower, rinse and dry off, job done. It’s a brilliant time-saver and what could be better than that?

Thanks so much for reading, I had a lot of fun with this and I hope you did too. Happy blogging! Sherri.

Thanks for taking the spotlight, Sherri. Meeting you through Word Press has been a special gift. Up next week it’s Renee Johnson.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

138 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Sherri Matthews

  1. Reblogged this on A View From My Summerhouse and commented:
    My lovely friend Jill is kind enough to allow me to hijack her blog today as part of her Summer Spotlight series. Thanks so much for having me Jill 🙂

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  2. Hi, Sherri. I so enjoyed reading your post. You have a charming sense of humor and in my humble opinion you are much prettier than Jennifer Aniston. Have a beautiful day. 🙂

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  3. Pleasure to meet you, Sherri! Ah, as a teenager, i swooned over Steve McQueen myself. You could tell that no matter how tough he acted, he was a sweetheart inside. That quote from George Eliot really resonates with me. I had it as a signature on my email for a long time 🙂 I don’t consider myself a late bloomer, but, like you, I haven’t walked in a straight path to my writing. I’m still waiting for the day I can walk away from my day job and write full-time 🙂 For now, I’m happy to dream.

    Jill, thank you for hosting another wonderful person/blogger! Happy Friday!

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  4. Hey Sherri. Your openness means I knew some of you answers, but I didn’t know you shared my fascination with Henry VIII. I would also like a chat with him, especially about his first wife, poor Katharine. As usual, I enjoyed this post very much.

    Fondly,
    E

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    • Hey Elizabeth! How lovely of you to come over to Jill’s blog, thanks so much! That’s great to know you too are fascinated with that sly old fox Henry VIII. Yes, poor Katherine. I would also love to talk to Anne Boleyn to get her side of the story. Bet that would be fascinating too 😉

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    • Thanks for stopping by to read Sherri’s wonderful post, Elizabeth. Like yourself, there were a few things I already knew, but you know Sherri, she is full of surprises. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Sherri stop fooling around on other peoples blogs and get your book finished, or the first draft at least… only kidding… love this little bit of insight into a fellow blogger I enjoy following…

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  6. Sherri, it’s nice to meet you. I also used to write angsty poetry when I was a teen. Never imagined myself as a blogger either.
    I’m glad you’re back to writing.
    I also am a fan of George Eliot, particularly Middlemarch.
    Based on your photo, I thought of Diane Sawyer immediately.

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    • Hi L. Marie, it’s lovely to meet you too and thank you very much for reading! When I started blogging and writing I wrote some more poetry, first time in years, and it’s still angst-driven despite being a long way off from a teenager…I think it’s the only kind I can write, or attempt to write! A great way of expression isn’t it? The only regret I have about writing is that I didn’t start writing seriously years ago…or followed in Diane Sawyer’s footsteps 😉

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    • Hi Marie! This is the first photo I saw of Sherri and my immediate thought was, Dianne Sawyer. Even pictures from her younger days show a resemblance.
      I hope you have a great weekend that includes some fiction writing and a Hallmark Movie or two. 🙂

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  7. Fantastic reminder: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

    I’m glad that life has had some fun surprises for you and that you are now enjoying the craft of writing, writing, writing.

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  8. Steve McQueen was my idol too. Didn’t think people remembered him. Good choice.

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  9. Sherri, you are such an imaginitve thinker. I can tell from this short piece here that little things can spark big ideas in you. I’m sure that bestseller is on the horizon!

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  10. Just goes to show that as long as we never lose our passion, we can pursue it at any age. Life does like to get in the way of things, especially when we have younger kids, but it’s wonderful that you held onto your dream of writing and are now pursuing it. And I can see the Diane Sawyer thing!

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    • Thanks so much Carrie! My book is a story that’s been on my heart for over 30 years but somehow it just never happened. One day I just knew that I had to do it and right time or not, it had to be now! But yes you’re so right, life does get in the way of things. Yet, I share stories on my blog about my life in California with my kids when they were little but never would have dreamed of doing that before thinking, ‘who would even care?’ Now I realise how much I enjoy writing these stories. It just took me a long time to discover this!

      Seems that Diane Sawyer it is then 🙂

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    • That’s so true, Carrie. Our age should never keep us from pursuing our dreams. I love to read stories about elderly people who accomplish a goal in their 80’s or 90’s. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Enjoyed reading more about you, Sherri. Love your posts. That Nivea product sounds awesome. I must try it. 🙂

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  12. I think we can all appreciate the George Eliot quote. Nice to meet you, Sherri!

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  13. Oooh yes Sherri, I’m with you on the king of cool – in that t-shirt he wore in the Great Escape with the 3/4 sleeves … MMM..MMM! Such a loss to womankind in general. As I know you quite well already I was just interested to hear your responses to Jill’s questions – and you didn’t disappoint. Good job, my friend!

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    • Hi Jenny! Ahh…thanks so much for that… you know most of this already so I’m glad to know it wasn’t too boring, ha! And we’ve had one or two chats about the King of Cool before so I know that was no surprise to you, but we can’t get enough of him can we? 😉 Oh that t-shirt…now I’m dreaming, haha 🙂

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    • Okay Jenny, this is a G rated blog…stay focused. 🙂 Actually, you’re right, no one looked better in a t-shirt than Steve McQueen. Sherri never fails to surprise me. She is one of a kind. 🙂
      I hope you have a great weekend that doesn’t include a trip to the new store in town….that was hilarious!

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  14. I’ve been waiting for this one, Sherri. You’ve definitely inherited your Dad’s ability as a story teller and I really hope that ‘your boat comes in’ one day. Aside from being a talented writer, you are one of the nicest people it’s been my privilege to meet in the blogging world, and that says quite a lot! I don’t doubt that you could charm Henry VIII round to seeing the error of his ways. 🙂

    I’m just one of the many you have supported and encouraged, whilst still coping with the problems of your daughter’s condition. Bless you, Sherri. I think you should take the weekend off. 🙂

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    • Oh Jo, I really don’t know what to say to this beautiful message other than thank you so very much for your caring and loving ways and for bringing so much joy to others the way you do…as you have done for me with these words. You are a love. And I will have the weekend off as I’ve got my boys home for Eldest Son’s birthday (it’s a flurry of them in my family from August on!) so you are spot on! Bless you too and I hope you have a lovely weekend too 😀

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    • I’ve been waiting as well, Jo! Like yourself, Sherri knows how to capture an audience whether it’s through storytelling or photographs. In my opinion, you and Sherri have a lot in common, not only in the area of talent, but the nice factor! 🙂
      Happy Weekend!

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  15. Sherri, Sherri, Sherri, I love reading more about you! I love how you just led us right into the best-selling author business. So cute and I trust that it is foretelling the future! I was obsessed with ole Henry and his wives for years and years. I mean, those women had the most gorgeous clothing and jewels. And then Henry started out as such a nice young lad, only to become crazed withpower. So, yes, he needs a lot of talking to. Or he could be strung up like the boss in 9-5. How about that!
    I’ll have to try the Nivia . . . .
    Have a lovely weekend, Sherri.
    Jill, thanks so much for hosting Sherri on your beautiful blog!

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    • Hi Luanne! Well, nothing like a bit of positive thinking is there 😉 Oh I love that you share my obsession with old King Henry! Yes, he was quite the looker in his younger years but really went to seed as his power and madness increased. Oh I know, what beautiful clothing his wives had. I was obsessed with Anne Boelyn too and would love to have a chat with her too, get her inside thoughts on what really happened there….and I bet she would have relished stringing him up just like that, haha! Thanks so much for reading (you’ll love the Nivea…) and you have a wonderful weekend too 🙂

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    • Hi Luanne, it’s my pleasure! Hosting you and all of these wonderful people has been so much fun and such a learning experience. I predict both you and Sherri will have bestselling memoirs in the future. Enjoy the weekend!

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  16. Hi Sherri – I so enjoyed reading this post! And guess what – my son-in-law bears the name of your favourite actor – he lives on in our family! 🙂 I think if Henry V111 laid eyes on you there would have been seven wives – so be glad time travel isn’t yet possible! I also have noted the George Eliot quote in days past and had it resonate deeply – isn’t it wonderful how words reach out through the years. I will wander over to your blog very soon – I am much intrigued and want to know more!

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    • Hi Pauline! I remember reading your delightful post a few weeks ago and I had every intention of coming over to your blog ( I seem to remember that we shared a birthday very close to one another in September) but then my daughter wasn’t too well and things went downhill from there and once again I got so behind with everything. So it’s great to reconnect here again on Jill’s wonderful blog, thanks so much for reading 🙂 That’s great about your son-in-law…what a great name! And you made me laugh out loud about old King Henry…I am very glad time travel isn’t possible too if only not to end up on the executioner’s block! I look forward to seeing you soon and I’ll definitely be paying you a visit very soon too, you can count on it 🙂

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    • Hi Pauline! I’m so happy to see your smiling face. I’m anxiously waiting for a post on the retired life. I’ll bet you’re loving it!
      Thanks for stopping by to meet Sherri. I think you’ll love her blog. Enjoy your weekend, even though for a retiree, every day is the weekend! 🙂

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  17. Great answers to Jill’s questions, Sherri, some of them unexpected – I wouldn’t have seen Henry VIII coming – some a little familiar (Steve McQueen!!). My favourite was your memories of childhood – you have shared these before and I was enchanted by them then 🙂

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    • Hi Andrea! I agree, reading Sherri’s childhood memories always warms my heart. I loveed your short story you posted today! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Hi Andrea! Ahh…I’m so glad I was able to throw in some new things, particularly about old King Henry, but of course you know all about my obsession with Steve McQueen, haha 😉 You know, it means so much that you enjoy reading about my childhood as for a long time I really didn’t think anybody would be the slightest bit interested! Your enthusiastic and encouraging comments always warm my heart greatly, thank you so much as always for reading Andrea and I’ll be over to you shortly to yes…you got it…catch up… 🙂

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  18. Hey Sherri! So nice to get to know you better. I love that quotation too! Crooked paths are sometimes the best.And I agree, Jennifer Anniston does not hold a candle to you! See you in blogland!

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    • Hi Hollis! I hope you’re having a great weekend. That quote should be everyone’s mantra.

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      • Just to say Jill, Hollis is one of the lovely new friends I’ve made through your blog as a result of your wonderful Summer Series and I want to thank you for bringing such wonderful people across my path…your blog is like an oasis of truly genuine, caring and loving people and I’m honoured to be a part of your community. Just had to say that… 🙂

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      • Thank you so much, Sherri. xo I’ve really enjoyed watching the connections that have been formed, it makes me really happy. 🙂
        Hollis rocks!

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    • Hi Hollis! Thank you very much for reading and leaving such a lovely comment, you are very kind. It’s so great to meet you here and yes, definitely, see you in blogland 🙂

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  19. Hola, Sherri! I have been waiting to see your lovely face and words on Jill’s blog series! It is a gorgeous day here so what better than to read more about you. 🙂 I feel the same way about laughing my head off if someone had told me I would have a blog today. Good for us for taking the plunge into an unknown world!
    It’s crazy how often our worst critics are the very people we trust and love. I am sure your family is very proud of your writing skills now!
    Can I tell you that I LOVE Nivea? I have been using it for 30 years plus! I have never tried the shower conditioner only the moisturizer so I will have to check it out.

    Have a wonderful weekend and I do hope your daughter feels better soon! xo

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    • Hi Maria! I’ve been waiting for Sherri’s post as well, she’s awesome! I think the two of you would be perfect spokesmodels for Nivea. Perhaps your brother can hook you up?
      Enjoy your weekend and get some rest. xo

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    • Hi Maria! Thank you so much for your sweet, kind comment 🙂 Ahh…yes, thank goodness, I’m so very glad that you took the plunge too 🙂 Yes, I was teased a lot as a kid but maybe it taught me to learn how to laugh at myself, who knows? I recently re-read that story (my mum kept it all these years, the cover is made out of blue construction paper which I illustrated with a drawing of a telephone, naturally!) and it was pretty funny! My family are very supportive now 🙂 You simply must try Nivea’s skin conditioner since you are a long time fan of the brand! I know you’ll love it. I’m sorry to be so late in replying to you but I signed off late Friday since I had my boys home for the weekend and I’m only now able to catch up but we did have a lovely weekend, thank you and I hope you did too. My daughter is getting there…and she did have a good time too, so I’m a happy mama. See you soon 🙂 xo

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  20. Sherri, wish you could change your childhood… I wish I could change my own children’s childhood, divorce sucks! I am so amazed about your scribbling words down, including song lyrics, as an angst filled teen, also your quote was perfect in balancing the impulses of youth and what you really want to do with your life. I have hope that things turned out a lot better for you and your daughter who was diagnosed… I worked with preschool children and found out so much about Asperger’s Syndrome, along the way. Did she start early intervention or was it in elementary school? I think you are beautiful and sharing your life, some of its ups and downs here, brave too. (By the way, you do look like a prettier version of Diane Sawyer! Glad to ‘meet you!’ Smiles, Robin

    Jill, the way you have developed rapport and relaxed communication skills makes people feel so comfortable to reveal their past writing experiences, personal stories and finding out how we all have come to be on blogs, too! Thanks, Jill for this special post, each one packaged up as gifts you share with us.

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    • That is such a nice compliment, Robin…I do appreciate it. 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the last few months. I hoped everyone would feel comfortable revealing more about themselves and that’s exactly what has happened. I’m happy! 🙂
      Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Hi Robin, thank you so much for your kind words and touching message here, I really appreciate it. Yes, divorce does suck, no two ways about it. I’m so sorry that your family has had to go through it also…
      My daughter wasn’t diagnosed until she was 18 (she is now 22) as she slipped through the cracks (I’ve written about ASD in females and have learnt so much about it, how girls so often are overlooked) so it made it very hard as she was already an adult when she entered the ‘system’. The follow up help has not been good and it took me a long time to get her proper support for her crippling social anxiety as part of her condition. Thankfully, things are a bit better than they were and she is looking to her future. I’ve always believed that with the right support she will live a fulfilled life and have the career she wants (she wants to be a psychologist) and will have purpose in her life again. She has so much to offer but her confidence has taken a massive hit…
      Lovely to meet you too Robin, have a great day and see you soon over at your blog 🙂

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  21. Sherri enjoyed reading your post, you have a special way with humour and as a mum with a young Aspie boy I know that comes in handy. Wishing you well on all your projects and will check out your space. Kath

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    • Hi Kath! Sherri is busy this weekend being the wonderful mum she is. She’ll be popping by next week. I think you would love her blog, not only is she an excellent storyteller, but her photographs are amazing.
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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      • Jill, how very kind of you and thanks so much for letting Kath know that I wouldn’t be able to reply until today…it’s great to catch up and read all these beautiful comments, I’m so inspired and very humbled…

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    • Hi Kath! It’s lovely to meet you and thank you so much! As a fellow Aspie Mum, it is always great to make this kind of connection. And yes, having a sense of humour definitely helps 🙂 In fact, I would say that our humour and ‘silliness’ makes my day, I would be lost without it. It’s funny because often it’s my daughter who’ll say to me, ‘Mom, that’s really childish!’ (she’s 22) while she is laughing her head off. I like to think of it as more ‘childlike’ and having plenty of giggles is the best medicine of all isn’t it? I look forward to seeing you over at my summerhouse and I wish you and your sweet little aspie boy every joy in life… 🙂

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  22. I so enjoyed getting to know you better,Sherri. What a lovely compliment that you looked like a mature Jennifer Aniston. I think she will always keep her good looks. And Hedy Lamar, I can see a bit of Diane Sawyer too. She is a lovely, kind woman who didn’t have to kill to get to the top. Wow. I’m with you, I hate to see anything go extinct, except spiders and bugs. I’m also trying to take the George Elliot quote to heart though I’m on the far side of late. Everything comes in it’s own right time. Sounds like this is yours.

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    • Hi Marlene! I appreciate you stopping by to learn more about Sherri. You’re right, this is definitely Sherri’s time!
      Happy Weekend!

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    • Hi Marlene! Thanks so much for leaving your lovely comment and yes, I was proud when Jill told me that I looked like Diane Sawyer as I’ve always greatly admired her 🙂 Haha…yes, those bugs creep me out too! Some things do get harder as we go through life and I do regret not starting my writing career much earlier but these days it’s great to know that we don’t have to accept being written off at 40!! Timing is everything…and that is very kind of you to say. All we can do is give it our best shot! See you soon Marlene 🙂

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  23. Hi Sherri – I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. I hope you’re not feeling stalked as I keep popping up wherever you are! Of course this time was deliberate – I was looking forward to your post. Hanging out with you is as enjoyable as living across the street from a field filled with hayrolls year round! Looking forward to more encounters!

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    • I never figured you as the stalker type, Shel, but now I’m wondering. 🙂 I’m so happy you and Sherri have connected. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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      • Jill…Shel and I have had our paths cross all over social media yet it’s only recently we’ve properly connected on one another’s blogs. I can’t even remember where we first ‘met’ but it was through mutually commenting on someone’s blog (was it yours maybe, or even Marylin’s? Shel will probably remember…) so it seems that it was meant to be that we met here. I giggle about it even now 😀

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      • I’m not sure if it was the very first, Sherri, but one of the early passes was on Marjam’s blog from your Linkedin thread – I think we were lone posters for weeks. And then she disappeared! Do you think we scared her off?? This blogging can be a tough biz sometimes!

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      • Ahh yes, you are right Shel! I think we did brush past one another before Marjam’s blog but so funny you mention her as I was only thinking the other day that I haven’t seen sight nor sound of her for ages. Yikes…I hope we didn’t scare her off o_O Blogging is tough and I always feel sad when someone disappears like that, hoping they are okay…

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      • Shel, I remember you mentioned you and Sherri had crossed paths. Hopefully now, they’ll stay connected. 🙂

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    • Haha…Hi Shel! Well if you’re stalking me then I’m doing just the same to you…but thank goodness we’ve connected at last (and I love your blogs!) Oh what a delightful thing to say and what a lovely thought…living across from a field filled with hayrolls.! You know, there are so many around here at this wonderful time of year and every time I see them I now think of you…and yes, here’s to many more happy encounters indeed 😀

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  24. Hola Sherri! I’ve been wondering when I was going to see your smiling face and story featured here on Jill’s. I feel the way you do about looking back and thinking that I would ever be writing a blog. Good for us for taking the challenge and diving into the unknown world of blogging. 🙂

    I am sure your family appreciates your writing now. Sometimes our worst critics are the people closest to us because the don’t take us seriously.

    You sure have gone through some very rough times; I am amazed with your positivity and ability to move on and make the best out of your situations. Go Sherri! 🙂

    BTW, I LOVE Nivea! I have been using it for 30+ years but I’ve never tried the shower rinse, I will have to give it a try! You have a wonderful weekend and I do hope your daughter feels better soon! 🙂

    ps. Hi Jill! Enjoy your weekend as well! xo

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  25. wonderful to know a little more about you Sherri (as you know I am a new follower and I love your blog)! I was moved by your memories of your childhood (my parents were both alcoholics). I also like the idea of bringing dinosaurs back. Imagine living like the Flintstones! Totally cool, right?

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    • Ah, the Flintstones, my favorite cartoon, Yolanda. If we lived like them, you would be Yolanda McSlate and I would be Jill Weatherrock.
      I agree, Sherri’s blog rocks! Happy Weekend!

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    • Hi Yolanda! Thanks so much, it’s great to have connected here and yes, I love your visits over at my summerhouse and I love your blog too 🙂 Oh I’m so sorry about your parents, that is really tough. Still, here we both are today making our lives count for something….and yes, I adored the Flintstones, that would be amazingly cool 😀 I’m going to be singing the theme song all day now…! See you soon 🙂

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  26. Okay, Sherri, I’m with you on the Nivea skin cream, but somehow I think it’s down the line before penicillin and aspirin in the overall scheme of things. 😉
    And Henry VIII would be fascinated with you, he really would. He’d try to make you his wife/mistress/whatever, and you might end of losing your head or something.
    You are a wonderful writer, kiddo.

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    • Hi Marylin! I agree, Sherri is a wonderful writer! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Haha…well, you know I had to say it about the Nivea didn’t you? After all, it is a time-saver so that’s right up there isn’t it? Just a tiny bit…??? 😉 I like to think I’d at least be granted an audience with old King Henry but the likelihood is I probably wouldn’t make it past Traitor’s Gate…but a girl can dream, right o_O
      As always Marylin, you inspire me to keep writing and for that I thank you greatly … 🙂

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  27. Lovely to meet you, Sherri! It certainly sounds like you’ve lived an interesting life and I’m really looking forward to reading your memoir once it’s finished 😀

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  28. So nice to read more about you, Sherri, on another blog. Thank you, Jill, for offering us another venue to read about Sherri.

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    • You’re very welcome, Evelyne. I appreciate you stopping by to learn a little more about our friend, Sherri. Enjoy your day!

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    • Hi Evelyne! How lovely of you to come over to Jill’s wonderful blog, thank you so much. I’m truly honoured to be here as part of her amazing blogging community. I’ll be over to you as soon as I can 🙂

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      • Take your time, Sherri. I am busy with my new book. Too bad your kids are too old to read it! Jill has a great blog. I am constantly amazed by the diversity of the blogosphere, reflecting people’s uniqueness.

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      • I hope your book is going well Evelyne and yes that is a shame about the kids! Jill certainly does have a wonderful blog. I’ll catch up soon and look forward to hearing updates of your progress as and when…exciting 🙂

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  29. Hi Sherri. I’m happy to meet you. I think you were sensible to take George Eliot seriously and start writing. Now you’re doing something you love.

    My dad was also a wonderful storyteller. He didn’t read me bedtime stories; he made them up instead. His stories had lots of giants and flying carpets–no red foxes.

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    • Hi Nicki! I’m very happy to meet you too and thank you so much for reading here and also for coming over to my blog! It’s a great feeling isn’t it to be doing what we love to do. Your dad did just the same as mine, always made his stories up and I loved them! The scarier the better, even though it got my brother and I fired up right before bedtime! My mother read to us sometimes but mostly I read books myself, which I loved to do. I got in trouble once for drawing a picture and writing down my own story on a blank page of one of my books (it was Gulliver’s Travels, will never forget that). Funny what we remember isn’t it? 🙂

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      • It is funny what we remember. When I was a child, I focused on reading and drawing, not story writing. Another girl and I were the neighborhood artists. I still remember that for a short time we loved to draw camilias.

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      • It is so interesting. I’m not an artist but I went through a phase of loving to draw horses, trees and flowers. Now I just doodle 🙂

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    • Hi Nicki! Thanks for stopping by to meet Sherri. It sounds as though your dad had quite the imagination…flying carpets…I love it!

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    • You were fortunate to have that kind of dad, Nicki! 🙂 I always wanted someone to read bedtime stories to me, but not even my mom did that as I recall. We made sure our kids were read to every night, and I remember when they grew out of it; I was so sad.

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  30. I’ll always love reading your posts Sherri, and this is not an exception. I know you are a great writer and can’t wait to see you published. Thanks Jill for featuring Sherri on your blog, she’s a wonderful human being!

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  31. Wonderful seeing you here Sherri and I can see the resemblance to Dianne Sawyer. Hey what do you have against the T-Rex 😉

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  32. Oh my dear, Sherri Poppins! How did I miss your debut on Jill’s blog? I love all of your answers, and especially about your memories of your dad. I have a tender spot in my heart for my dad, too, as you know. I loved your spotlight on here! 🙂

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  33. I’m catching up with my reading, hence this late response!
    It’s nice meeting your Sherri. You are an inspiration for those of us who didn’t get an early start with our dreams and goals.
    Best wishes with your writing and publications and of course, the thriller !

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