Sharon Emery

Sharon has been known to blog at idyllicchick.com. She can be found on Ravelry as idyllicchick and on Twitter as the same. 

Feel Better Tea

I am not sick. But Chris has a pretty horrible sore throat, and I took him to the doc in the box yesterday for a strep test (Negative.), so I had to sit in the waiting room with all of those other sick folk. But I was a bit off-kilter today. Physically, I felt like I was walking through mud. Mentally, I was as fuzzy as a peach. So even though I'm not sick, I stopped at the grocery on the way home from work to grab supplies for Feel Better Tea. If I'm not sick, Feel Better Tea will keep me from getting there as well as it helps me feel better quickly when I *am* sick....more
Denise It will have me right as rain by the time I finish drinking this batch. @jugglegeek won't ...more

I Don't Think Everything Just Happens for a Reason...

I've believed this for as long as I can remember... it's what kept me going while surviving deaths in the family, a broken marriage, people I've trusted turning their backs on me... EVERYTHING. ...more
Yes! Exactly!  (Yay, I'm not crazy for thinking that as well!)more

How I Made Hard Cider

Cidermaking at home is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to make your own alcohol. The key to delicious cider, is, of course, the apples! A crisp, sweet, well-rounded cider is made from a variety of apples. ...more
I once ate some homemade apple sauce that had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of weeks ...more

Sandy Hook and School Prayer: The Good Old Days Are Getting Old

The other night, we attended a wonderful Christmas concert for the middle school. We paused at the beginning with a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook. The principal, who is a nice guy and cares about the kids in his charge, said that this happened because we took God out of our schools. Most of the crowd clapped for him. I did not clap. I may have irreverently rolled my eyes, actually. Not out of disrespect for him, but at the fallacy that kids saying a generic prayer every day at school was going to make sure that a shooter would not make it in the school building. I am a Christian, and I pray. But the Good Old Days of school prayer were not perfect, and I wish people would remember that....more
Well said!more

Ten To Dos in June 2012

I'm kind of amazed at all of the stuff I didn't get done while on my three week vacation to Hawaii. I started out strong and then once JMP was born... everything else went out the window and here I am wondering where the month of May disappeared to. Shoot. Oh well, that makes it easier to create my June list, right? 1) Finish four blog posts I started last week - that aren't specifically about being a grandmother. 2) Take my car for its emissions test....more
Don't forget to leave the week of September 16-22 open for visitors! I'll get you specifics as ...more

How to Have a Happy Read-a-Thon

What are you doing Saturday, April 21? I have just the thing for you. Clear your schedule, grab a pile of snacks, build an even greater pile of books and join bloggers from all over as they participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. Starting Saturday morning, readers will be dropping everything to band together and honor one of our own by doing what we do best -- reading a heck of a lot of books. ...more
 @Denise I'm reading Unfamiliar Fishes tomorrow. I also got her to autograph a copy of ...more

Midlife and Tattoos: Why I Ink

No, I am not barreling at the speed of light toward a midlife crisis, I'd like to squash that idea right now.Yes, I realize that at 40-something many people are removing their tattoos not getting them.No, I am not desperately clinging to my youth by pretending to be edgy and cool - I'm ALREADY edgy and cool, just ask my kids and then ignore their snorts and eye-rolling. Yes, I may possibly be out of my mind, but the crazy is what keeps y'all coming back for more so I'm  unleashing a whirling dervish of it here in today's post. You're welcome....more
 @alienbody I've found that I'm much happier to offer to cover up in a work atmosphere that ...more

Midlife and Tattoos: Why I Ink

No, I am not barreling at the speed of light toward a midlife crisis, I'd like to squash that idea right now.Yes, I realize that at 40-something many people are removing their tattoos not getting them.No, I am not desperately clinging to my youth by pretending to be edgy and cool - I'm ALREADY edgy and cool, just ask my kids and then ignore their snorts and eye-rolling. Yes, I may possibly be out of my mind, but the crazy is what keeps y'all coming back for more so I'm  unleashing a whirling dervish of it here in today's post. You're welcome....more
The line here that snagged my attention most is, 'In other words, if my ink is in a highly ...more

How to Have a Happy Read-a-Thon

What are you doing Saturday, April 21? I have just the thing for you. Clear your schedule, grab a pile of snacks, build an even greater pile of books and join bloggers from all over as they participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon. Starting Saturday morning, readers will be dropping everything to band together and honor one of our own by doing what we do best -- reading a heck of a lot of books. ...more
This will be the first time I've done the read-a-thon for real. I tried once before and got ...more

Hello and Goodbye: The Bittersweet Enormity of Adoption

"How are you?" I ask K. "I'm OK," she says looking at me and then back at the TV. "I'm OK." Again, I wonder if she is trying to convince me or herself that she truly is OK. "Are you sure?" She nods her head. I try one last time. One last time I'll say it and then there's no going back for either of us. "There's still time to change your mind," I say. The statement...a question really...hangs in the air between us for a minute before K says, "No. I'm OK. I'm OK."...more
One of the most perfect posts that I've read. Beautiful and true. Thank you. more