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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 63 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 3 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so ...
Welcome to my Spark page. I am 63 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 3 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 10 minutes from us but are looking for a larger place! Hopefully, they won't move too far!
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!
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Member Since: 12/20/2009

SparkPoints: 48,474

Fitness Minutes: 14,420

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly


My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake


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I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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MEADSBAY
4/24/2014 6:52:47 PM

That's exactly how I feel, sister of my heart-
one day saying 'not bad for an old lady'
other days 'who is that tubalard in the mirror?'
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JANEDOE12345
4/24/2014 4:22:33 PM

Hello Beth. I am doing ok! These mysterious health issues keep coming at me. I get patched up and hope nothing else comes along while I await a day of absolute perfection. (Not in sight thus far.) This kidney/abdominal/back/renal/whatever thing has me scared, though, so I plan to do everything the doctor says.

You are very kind to care about what happens, although nothing interesting really happens much to me these days.

Stay well -- or else!



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SCOOTER4263
4/24/2014 3:49:13 PM

I do overnight shifts in homes and nursing facilities, taking care of elderly people who have health issues or, usually, cognitive issues. Previously I was with a couple, one of whom had falling danger and the other tended to wander at night. This week I'm staying with a woman who has panic attacks if she wakens and is alone. I don't do any personal care or nursing stuff, and often the people are asleep when I get there and frequently sleep through til I leave again in the morning.

Most of these people are just frightened and going through some changes that family members are afraid to talk about - they just need someone to listen, reassure them that they aren't crazy (the woman with the panic attacks just lost her husband - she's 81 - is rapidly loosing her vision and recovering from a stroke - who wouldn't be panicky in new surroundings?) and not respond with platitudes or drugs. Too often these folks are marginalized and and their fears discounted, treated more as inconveniences rather than genuine thoughts and emotions. Whether or not their concerns are "real" isn't the issue - they are certainly real to the people experiencing them. The whole field, unfortunately, is so low on the pay scale (just a couple dollars over minimum) you wind up with young people who don't have the life experiences needed to develop the compassion and common sense that this sort of thing calls for.

I got into this work partly just to be forced to sit in a distraction free area so I'd write, but discovered it has its own rewards (although they certainly aren't monetary.) Half the time I can't sleep anyway, so I might as well be useful.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
4/24/2014 10:24:56 AM

Hopefully you and I can come up with a subtle, tactful solution to our son's weight problems before they both have diabetes. It serioulsy worries me and I know it does you too.

Ian works horrible hours. He can't plan on anything. Unless the store is closed he is on call.

I am, no doubt, strong. I have proven that. I've always said I could live in a cardboard box in the ditch. I just roll with the punches. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

If the naked woman on the interstate looks good it's me. If not it's someone else. LOL.



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GUNNSGIRL91303
4/23/2014 11:32:40 AM

Thanks for your comment on my progress blog! I appreciate your support Beth. Its hard to keep fighting the battle sometimes but I will keep at it, especially with the help from friends like you!



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